Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. referred to Occidental and Oriental Negrenses
as “Siamese twins” and called on them to stay united as brothers over the
weekend as he emphasized that Negros will have a bright future ahead of it if it
is transformed as an island region.
Marañon visited this town Mabinay bordering Kabankalan City upon the
invitation of municipal Mayor Ernie “Jango” Uy, a strong supporter o
Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. addresses the big crowd during
the 8th Langub Festival in Mabinay Saturday.* (Capitol PIO by Richard Malihan
Second District Rep. George Arnaiz greets Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. as
Dumaguete City Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria looks on.* (Capitol PIO by Richard
governor’s advocacy for the Negros Island Region.
Joining them were Rep. George Arnaiz, Dumaguete City Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria,
Board Member Melimore Saycon and councilors from different towns and cities of
Negros Oriental to join thousands of revelers witnessing the 8th Langub
Speaking before a crowd of 5,000, Marañon underscored the need for unity
among Oriental and Occidental folk, and further paraphrased Pope Francis’
statement, “let us love one another because we are one people” as Negrenses.
Mabinay’s location, he said, is very strategic, thus it is expected to reap
the benefits under the Negros Island Region set-up
Uy’s strong leadership in the campaign for the NIR was apparent in banners
and streamers posted around public places including the market, town plaza and
During the third consultative assembly after Bacolod City and Dumaguete City
for the proposed one island, one region hosted by this town of 84,000 people,
thousands turned up to support the NIR bid.
“There is no doubt that it will all be advantageous if we become one region.
Personally, I cannot think of any disadvantage,” Uy said.
It is also exciting to think that Mabinay will be very near the proposed
regional center, although we agree with the recommendation of the business
community—the Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry—that we first
establish sub-regional offices in Bacolod and Dumaguete, he added.