The two-day tour in Bacolod City was not enough. Time is so short, but it was a fulfilling trip.
Thus said candidates of Miss Earth 2013. Their first stop was at the VMA Global College Training Center where they witnessed the safety techniques in saving life at the sea. Miss Austria and Miss Poland said this is the first of its kind activity that they ever visited.
Next stop was at the organic farm of Ramon Uy at Brgy. Pahanocoy, where they were in awe looking at varied projects using organic materials.
The vermin culture and crushed garbage turned into fertilizers in the farm, organic piggery that does not emit foul smell, the ram pump that brings water to the garden without using electricity but pressure of water pumped by the ram pump; foundry shop where metals and hard materials are crushed and farm machines are produced. The foods served for lunch were all products of organic farming.
MISS EARTH 2013 HOPEFULS. After posing for souvenir shot (right photo) with Cong. Evelio Leonardia (3rd from left), host Cano Tan (center), WV Tourism Council chair Atty. John Orola Jr., coordinator of Miss Earth candidates Bacolod tour and Nonong Verdeflor representing Gov. Alfredo Marañon, the international beauties did tree planting at Campuestohan Highland Resort which the owner Cano Tan named as the Miss Earth Orchard (left photo).*
In this second of three articles about Subic Bay Freeport, there's one spot that really is a "must see" attraction for all visitors.
Set in 25 hectares of the lush Ilanin Forest, the Zoobic Safari is a wonderful nature theme park offering visitors a unique opportunity to experience exotic animals roaming in their natural habitat.
It even features a Tiger Safari - the only one of its kind in the Philippines - where tigers freely roam an enclosed area. Visitors can get close to these remarkable beasts from the security of fully protected Jeepneys.
While it is true that Bel Air Bacolod Homeowners have expressed their sympathy for the victims of the recent ruthless super typhoon "Yolanda", they too have to move on just like everybody else. As a consequence, they will rejoice with the whole world over the coming of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by holding their traditional Christmas Party on Sunday, December 16 at 6PM in the home of NDB’s Albert Rile where the meeting took place lately. As decided, there will be a 500-peso contribution per family for the lechon and each one will bring his/her favorite dish for potluck. There will be exchange gifts and a lot of surprises in store for those in attendance.
Bel Air Socialites present at the meeting were Leo and Ailyn Sibala, Luz Tamayo, Raquel Perez, Catalina Talde, Marylou Merida, Capt. Johnny Legaspina and Connie Vergoles representing her Mommy Dr. Piring Vergoles. So far, the different food contributions indicated were as follows: Lechon Manok, spaghetti, Brazo de Mercedes, sotanghon, etc. Mrs. Talde will take care of the drinks.
Bel Air’s Socialites discussing their annual Christmas Party for 2013. Clockwise: Connie Vergoles, Raquel Peres, Ailyn Sibala, Catalina Talde (partly hidden), Marylou Merida, Luz Tamayo, NDB’s ACR, Capt. Johnny Legaspina and Leo Sibala.*
Today, December 2 is International Human Rights Day. To mark the occasion, the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines and the Springfilm Foundation will screen tonight in Manila the Philippine premiere of "Lilet Never Happened", an ward-winning movie about child prostitution in the Philippines.
Directed by Dutchman Jacco Groen, the film has been released to wide overseas acclaim and has already garnered many awards including Best Youth Film in Norway and Denmark and the Best Social Drama at the International Film Festival in California.
It’s the story about Lilet, a maladjusted Filipino street-girl, struggling to survive on the streets of Manila. International social worker Claire tries to save her but this hard-headed and traumatized girl thinks she can take her life in her own hands.
Aliana May D. Juson
Foreign students in the USLS community gather in the 14th installment of the annually-celebrated Cultures Meet organized by the Center for External Relations on November 22 at Santuario de La Salle.
(2nd Row) German student of AFS Cycle 2013 Guillaume Ruyssen and Vietnamese Master in English Language Teaching Trang Du find their place in a crowd of USLS Performing arts scholars singing and dancing with the community at Cultures Meet 2013.*
In an evening of cultural appreciation and interconnectedness, the foreigners unified the community in a thanksgiving program that opened their eyes to the beauty of the diverse cultures that abound in the University.
La Carlota City College celebrated its 47th Founding Anniversary last November 23, 25-27, 2013. Through a thanksgiving convocation held at the City Gymnasium on November 25, students, faculty members as well as heirs of the people behind this institution offered tribute to the founding fathers who built La Carlota City College that produced a quality leaders and globally competitive citizens with a trade mark of a proud LCCCian over 47 fruitful years.
Vice-Mayor Luis J. Jalandoni III in behalf of Mayor Juliet Marie D. Ferrer, welcomed the guests and visitors. He said that "despite the recent devastation and destruction caused by the recent supertyphoon, it is good to recognize and thank God for the wonderful things He had done to us," and that this 47th Founding Anniversary is worth celebrating.
Vice Mayor Luis J. Jalandoni III (right) in behalf of Mayor Juliet Marie D. Ferrer gives the plaque of appreciation to Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue (center), main speaker of the event together with Dr. Fatima G. Bullos, La Carlota City College President.*
The Farmers Weekend Market was the hub of many activities last Saturday, November 23, 2013 which included:
Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella together with Ms. Ruby C. Cruz, Marketing Manager of the Weekend Market and Alan Gensoli, member, City Solid Waste Mgt. Committee, held a press conference regarding garbage-segregation concerns and the operations of the market.
NDB’s W. Henry O. Streegan, Elsie Gonzaga, Alan Gensoli and Ruby C. Cruz
LIGHTING OF CHRISTMAS TREE
Mayor Puentevella officiated in the lighting of the 18-foot Christmas Tree which was made from recycled garbage. The tree was designed by the Fine Arts students of La Consolacion College-Bacolod. The tree was designed by Danny Agustin who is majoring in Industrial Design.
Jein & Joan Pabalinas
DUPONT PRESENTATION ON SOLAR ENERGY
Solar Panels Exhibit. In the picture are Alan Gensoli, Ruby C. Cruz, W. Henry O. Streegan, First Lady Patching Puentevella, Mayor Monico O. Puentevella and Dupont Representatives.
On Sunday, November 10, Britons and members of Commonwealth countries around the world marked what is called Remembrance Sunday.
It’s held on the second Sunday in November, which is the Sunday nearest to 11 November, the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War in 1918. It commemorates the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.
In Britain, Remembrance Sunday is marked by ceremonies at local war memorials in cities, towns and villages, attended by civic dignitaries and ex-servicemen and women.
In London each year at the Cenotaph, Queen Elizabeth, her husband Prince Philip, Prince Charles and other members of the Royal family lay wreaths. They are joined by politicians, military, government officials and Commonwealth representatives.
As American US billionaire Warren Buffett once said "be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful".
On that basis, if you bought a condo in Manila as an investment in the last few years, now might be a good time to sell.
The Manila property boom - will it end in tears?*
No matter where you look, there’s a condo or an office block being built. I spend lots of time in Manila these days and I constantly wonder who will eventually buy or rent the thousands of units going up.
Having personally witnessed property crashes in three countries in the past 30 years, what’s going on in Manila has to me all the feel of a disaster in the making. Not now perhaps, but later. I hope I’m wrong. After all, I have a property in Makati. But I’m not selling as my family live in it. In any case, it wasn’t expensive when I bought it back in 1996.