Preparations are now underway for the Bacolaodiat Festival 2014 which will be on January 30 to February 2 next year.
Ushering in the Year of the Wood Horse in 2014, the festival will be on its 9th year since its inception in 2005 evolving from a simple celebration then to a festival that is anticipated by the Filipinos, Chinese and the Filipino-Chinese alike in Bacolod every first quarter of each year.
As part of the evolution, the festival is now being run by an Executive Committee duly appointed by Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella.
The young and dynamic Jennifer Gochangco-Ong now leads the committee as the Festival Chairman supported by Jonathan Lo in charge of the Zodiac Animals, Emily Go-Villanueva and Mila Ong for the Cultural Committee, Bryant Lao for Safety and Security, Willy Au for Media and Promotions, Andres Valencia, Alfredo Barcelona, and Lily Go for Finance, Atty. Ben Ortega for Legal and David Villanueva for Fireworks.
BACIWA CONDUCTS TREE GROWING ACTIVITY IN UPPER CALIBAN-IMBANG WATERSHED. One hundred (100) volunteers from Green Tags Environmental Guardians, Airforce Reservists, and West Negros University 605th Reserves, together with the BACIWA’s Watershed Unit planted one thousand (1,000) endemic tree seedlings in upper Caliban-Imbang Watershed, Barangay Sta. Cruz, Sitio Managaksak, Murcia last November 23, 2013.
University of St. La Salle-Integrated School(USLS-IS) teams failed to bag titles in any divisions of volleyball matches in the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural and Educational Association (NOPSSCEA) that ended Sunday at the USLS College Covered Court.
In elementary boys division, USLS-IS, the fourth-time defending champion was defeated by University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) boys in a sweep, 25-20, 23-25 and 25-22 for their first match Saturday, then completed the second game, 25-23 and 25-17 Sunday to claim the title and represent NOPSSCEA in the upcoming Provincial Meet this December 8 to 13.
Earlier, the Mark Danoy mentored- UNO-R defeated Queen of Peace School (QPS), 25-21 and 25-19 to challenge the defending champion.
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.
ALS IN BRGYS. Main proponent Councilor Kalaw Puentevella (3rd from left) and co-authors Councilor Alex Paglumotan (extreme right) and Wilson "Jun" Gamboa (extreme left) listen to the suggestions of the audience on the proposed ordinance institutionalizing Alternative Learning System (ALS) in the Barangay Level of Bacolod.*
By Keith Brandon Cari-an
Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) re-accredited the programs of University of St. La Salle (USLS).
According to PAASCU, USLS-Integrated School has been granted re-accreditation under the Basic Education program for five years.
In the Tertiary level, programs
of the College Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Accountancy, and Elementary and Secondary Education of the College of Education were re-accredited for five years.
The Computer and Chemical Engineering programs were also granted re-accreditation for five years.
Meanwhile, the Electronics Engineering program was granted initial accreditation for three years.
Gerard Paul Cusi landed 2nd place, together with 18 others in the Civil Engineering Board Examinations, given last November 23-24, 2013. He graduated Magna cum laud last March 2013. He is also a recipient of the UNO-R Loyalty Awards for having finished his Basic Education from UNO-R Grade School and High School Department.
Seated: UNO-R President, Fr. Emeterio D. Buñao, OAR and Gerard Paul Cusi, UNO-R VP-Academics; (standing) Fr. Jorge Peligro, OAR, Dean Taclobos and UNO-R High School Asst. Principal, Mr. Harry Magluyan.
The other passers are: Ian Loruel M. Arias; Rogelito D. Asuncion; Tessa Gilma P. Bastonero; Sheena P. Berja; Brian M. Buglosa; Stephen Mari Y. Cano; Cherry Ann S. Espadera; Erreane Marie B. Gicana; Ryan D. Gore; Patrick L. Londres; John Jan Rulen Tamallana; Lloyd Kein D. Tabora; Bryan R. Pintor; Charry Perez; Martin Monta; Jan Cyril Vincent F. Manalili; and Josef Stefan Mervvi Libutan
Maligayang Pasko, Global Pinoy! SM Supermalls has a special nationwide treat this December for the country’s modern heroes or what we all know as the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
On December 7, SM City Bacolod’s Global Pinoy Center will honor OFWs and their families through the program "Pamaskong Handog Para sa Global Pinoy." Now on its second year, Pamaskong Handog has a line-up of treats, freebies and prizes, exclusive discounts at partner stores and a heart-warming program.
From 11AM – 1PM, SM’s Cinema 4 will show the overseas-themed movie "Dubai," free to Global Pinoy Center members and BDO Kabayan Savings account holders. A Pinoy-style variety show will follow at 2PM the north wing’s Transport Hub with the promise to showcase a fun-filled program injected with games and prizes that will be memorable to the audience of OFWs, their families and friends.
Through the ongoing Kasambahay Caravan at the mall, the Social Security System (SSS) brings their services closer to the people. SSS has teamed up with SM City Bacolod to make information more available and forms easily obtained. The booth’s service is especially targeted for househelp and those who could not easily obtain social security in the past, but all questions are also catered to by the accommodating SSS staff.
SSS Kasambahay Caravan at SM City Bacolod
The human rights situation in the country, under President Benigno Aquino, III or PNoy remains similar to the record of previous administrations, Karapatan officer and Samahan ng mga Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Para sa Amnestiya (SELDA) Chairperson, Marie Hilao Enriquez bared in a press conference at the Pope Pius Tower in the Reclamation Area, yesterday, Thursday.
"Since the year 2010 when President Aquino assumed the nation’s presidency, not one case of killings linked with human rights violations and specifically, killings have been resolved," Enriquez said whose siblings were victims of human rights violations under the Marcos regime, said. She was also a victim.
Enriquez’ sister was a victim of rape and mutilation as well as murder. She, too, suffered incarceration during the period the Marcos regime held sway.