The 2017 Christmas Party

A Day to Remember

A brief but memorable moment for recollection and renewal of commitment to keep up with the demands of continued coverage of significant news and events that affect the lives of people in the community, were among the focus of attention among both young and old staffers of the Negros Daily Bulletin during the paper's historic yearly celebration of Christmas last December 22.

Staff members and personnel of the Negros Daily Bulletin Family during their 2017 Christmas Party Celebration pose for souvenir in group pictorials at the NDB editorial office last Friday afternoon.*

Headed by its 76-year-old President & Editor-in-Chief, the hundred or so old foggies and some original incorporators and family members of the daily paper, gathered at the recently renovated NDB editorial and business offices on Pedro Hernaez St., Esteban Magdalena Building of the late Bacolod Congressman Romeo Guanzon, whose family now manages building the facilities, the NDBers from far and near, had a momentous time like long-lost brothers and sisters in the media profession.

Four members of the famous Chorale of La Consolacion College during the opening of the Negros Daily Bulletin 2017 Christmas Party Celebration as they render Christmas songs to the delight of the NDB Family. They are Joseph Daniel T. Garrucho, Happy S. Collado, Raishanne Doxy D. Cawaling and Christian J. Brady.*

Foremost among our Balikbayan news contact and columnist who attended the party was Ted Locsin Vallejera Jr. who, despite many years of absence, had kept sending materials for his biblical column "Awakening" and sports update on most of Manny Pacquiao's world title bouts and training at the famed Wildcard boxing gym of Freddie Roach in Los Angeles.

Negros Daily Bulletin Staff and employees listen to the Christmas Message of President and Editor-in Chief Ruperto G. Toga (R).*(Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

After more than ten years in Los Angeles, California, Ted Vallejera is back for good with his family in Isabela, Negros Occidental.

Also present in the NDB Christmas Party were four of the paper's pioneering staffers were retired school principal Gil Camporazo of La Carlota City accompanied by his wife Rebecca and two daughters who are both professional educators.

Choir trainer Luis Garrucho Jr., leads opening prayer after his vocal rendition of “Our Prayer” in celebration of the Negros Daily Bulletin Family Christmas Party last Friday December 22, 2017. At left is Editor in Chief Pert Toga.*

On hand to welcome them were NDB Pres. and editor in chief Pert Toga and Arman P. Toga, editor and its corporate secretary.

One of two original lady incorporators, Ms. Edith B. Colmo was very much around exchanging pleasantries with her colleagues including Henry James Toga, Jun Gaton, NPC Past President Cyrus M. Garde, old and reliable staff writer and press photographer Jun delos Reyes.

The other original incorporators expected to come home from abroad or other parts of the country but were unable to make it for obvious causes were Mrs. Cecille Garaygay-Toga who is still in Los Angeles, California; Daniel Cajurao who has come home two months ago for a vacation but had to go back to Canada; Pastor Leo Claridad whose area of assignment requires constant change of venue; and Nestor L. Padesio of Alijis, Valladolid who is still indisposed.

Two of our foreign contacts, both in Canada were unable to attend but one of them, Dan Cajurao who was an NDB incorporator was in Bacolod for a week two months ago to renew his desire to resume writing his usual column for NDB, while Charles S. King, our newest foreign correspondent in Canada; arrived a week ago but had excused himself due to a slight fever, but managed to join the Toga family Christmas Party three days later, at Bantug Lake and Ranch in Brgy. Alangilan, Bacolod City.

The exchange gifts among participants to the two Christmas Parties were among the highlights, food galore and fun, especially at the Lake boating and horseback riding, and other outdoor activities.*