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MassKara Queen screening
to be conducted tomorrow

The second screening for the 10 finalists to the MassKara Queen 2011 pageant will be held at the ABS-CBN Bacolod studio  from 2 to 6 p.m. tomorrow, a press release from festival organizers said.

ABS-CBN Bacolod, the official production group for this year’s MassKara Queen pageant, conducted the first screening Saturday.

Earlier in the week, the MQ 2011 production team held preliminary screenings in school campuses such as La Consolacion College, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, University of Saint La Salle, Colegio San Agustin Bacolod, and VMA Global College.

Panel members in the studio screenings were Councilors Sonya Verdeflor and Em Ang, Bantay Bata 163 Negros consultant Ma. Luisa Ascalon, TV Patrol anchor and Salandigan host Ryan Gamboa and ABS-CBN Bacolod senior reporter Yasmin Pascual-Dormido.

The MassKara Queen 2011 coronation night will be on October 17, its executive producer, Carmela Arcolas-Gamboa, said. *

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TB patients may avail
of free treatment: city

Tuberculosis patients in Bacolod City may now avail of free treatment for the dreaded disease through the collaboration of the Tuberculosis Society Inc., the Riverside Medical Center and the City Government of Bacolod, a City Hall press release said.

A Memorandum of Agreement among the three entities was discussed in the recent Sangguniang Panlungsod session.  The parties agreed to help in establishing and sustaining the enhanced local TB DOTS Referral Network for TB.

The DOTS Referral Network for TB, coordinated by the PTSI, is a sub-grantee of the Linking Initiatives and Networking to Control Tuberculosis Project, a US Agency for International Development funded project, the press release said.

National statistics show that TB ranks as one of the leading causes of morbidity among Filipinos and has been described as a long-range painful killer that attacks its victims in various forms like TB of the bones or lungs. 

Treatment for this dreaded disease can be quite expensive and help such as that proposed in the MOA will be most welcomed by the poor constituents of the city, the press release said.

For the would-be beneficiaries of the Directly Observed Treatment Short Course referral network for TB, details will soon be made available by agencies of the city government such as the Bacolod City Health Office.

Two previous health-related projects of the Bacolod City Government  are the Lying –In Clinic at the City Health Compound and the Bacolod Eye Center located at the corners of Lacson and Burgos streets, the press release added.*

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Coffee shop opens in Cadiz

A shop that serves Italian coffee recently opened at Villena Street, in Cadiz City.

Owner Sherlene Vijandre of the Café Roshe said they use coffee from Sicily, Italy, to give their customers a taste of true Italian coffee at an affordable cost. They also serve cakes, snacks, pasta, salad and sandwiches and at night, they have macktails and cocktails.

The café is located along the highway and also has free wifi, she said. Next month, they will also serve lunch, she added. The café is open from 7a.m. to midnight.*LTG

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BCNHS Class’71 donate
to new school clinic

Class 1971 of the Bacolod City National High School, formerly Bacolod City High School, turned over a seven-cubic feet refrigerator to the newly-constructed clinic they donated to the school, during their Ruby Jubilee homecoming recently.

Aside from the refrigerator given by class member Rolando Pugoy, class members Jesus Wong, Judith Vargas, Ma. Teresa Hingco and Monina Lumbo also donated other items like an electric heater, ceiling fan, wall mirror and portable inhaler, a press release from the group said.

The new school clinic was the main project of the class spearheaded by its past president Mary Jane Donesa, while Amy Albert Que, the newly-elected president took charge of the construction of the clinic, the press release said.

Present at the turnover were school principal, Jose Dayot III, department heads, clinic staff, officers and members of Class 71, the press release added.*

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TB patients may avail of free treatment: city
Coffee shop opens in Cadiz
BCNHS Class’71 donate to new school clinic

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