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12th Organic Farmers’ Festival Opens Tomorrow

The 12th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival (NIOFF) will open tomorrow, November 22 at the Provincial Capitol Grounds.

This year’s four-day celebration is hosted once again by the Province of Negros Occidental with the theme, “Go Organic for Health and Prosperity”.

The event will highlight various exhibits of organic products and by-products, as well as showcase sustainable innovations and technologies practiced by different farmer-producers and advocates.

Free 3-Day Seminar on Drug Reduction Set in Victorias

The Negros Occidental Drug Rehabilitation Foundation, Inc. (NODRFI) and the Negros Occidental Drug Rehabilitation Center (NODRC) and the City of Victorias in partnership with Colombo Plan and Dangerous Drug Board will hold a free 3-day live-in Seminar on Drug Reduction on November 21-23, 2017 at Gawahon Eco-Park in Victorias.

A team of training specialists on drug prevention control from the Dangerous Drugs Board will tackle a 7-module program on universal prevention curriculum on substance use in the span of three days.

100+ Environmentalists Joining National Envi Summit in Talisay

About 150 environmentalists from all over the country will converge in Negros Occidental to attend the 2017 National RAC Partners Meeting hosted by the Foundation for Philippine Environment (FPE) with a theme; Celebrating Connectedness Through Conservation, on November 14-17 at Nature’s Village Resort, Talisay City.

Biomass Power Plants to Benefit Sugar Industry

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Maranon, Jr. expressed optimism that, aside from creating local jobs, the biomass power plants in Negros will benefit not only the country but also the global sugar industry.


GROUNDBREAKING. Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. leads the ground breaking of the 25 MW Biomass Power Plant of the North Negros Biopower (NNB) in Manapla yesterday. (L-R) NNB Senior Vice-Pres. for Corporate Communications Don Dia and Chairman Arthur N. Aguilar, ThomasLLoyd Executive Director Anthony Coveney and Chairman Michael Sieg, Manapla Mayor Lourdes Escalante, Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva, landowner Dr. Esteban Lacson III, NNB President Ramon Picornell and International Finance Corporation Country Manager Jane Yuan Xu.* (Butch Bacaoco photo)

A Glimpse of the Nov. 5, 1898 Negrense Revolution vs. Spain

What were the events leading to November 5, 1898?

When the widespread Katipunan-led uprising started in August 1896 in Luzon, the Spanish authorities became alarmed and took steps to control the situation. They became alert to signs of unrest by soliciting information or reports, watching public meetings, conducting investigations or check-ups of suspicious events. The Spanish concern was well-founded for by mid-August 1898, actual preparations for uprising were organized and preparations were moving fast in different areas, despite the seemingly peaceful situation.


CINCO DE NOVIEMBRE IN BAGO CITY. Bago Mayor Nicolas M. Yulo and Vice Mayor Ramon D. Torres giving honors and spearheading the floral offerings to the statue of General Juan Y. Araneta, Hero of the Negros Revolution, as part of yesterday's comme-moration of the Negros Day or 119th Cinco de Noviembre in the historical city yesterday.* (Jun de los Reyes / NDB photos)