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OISCA rites set,
Japanese envoy arriving

BY CARLA GOMEZ

Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe is arriving in Bacolod City Thursday to join the 50th OISCA (Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement) anniversary celebration that kicks off today, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., OISCA Philippines president, said yesterday.

The OISCA 50th anniversary, with the theme “Forging Stronger Partnerships for a Sustainable World”, will be joined by hundreds of OISCA members from around the world and the Philippines, the governor said.

In anticipation of rains brought on by tropical depression "Mina", the governor said the OISCA anniversary activities at the Panaad Park and Stadium at Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, will be transferred to the University of St. La Salle gym, if needed.

“But let’s pray there will be no rain,” he also said.

The OISCA anniversary will start at 10 a.m. today with the opening of the Negros Eco-Tourism and Food Fair at the Panaad Park, followed by a cooking demonstration of Japanese and Philippine cuisine at 1:30 p.m., the governor said.

Tomorrow a consultation on organic agriculture standards will be held at the Panaad at 9:30 a.m., while a soccer field will be inaugurated at the OISCA Bago Training Center in Bago City at 9 a.m., he added.

At 3 p.m. the opening ceremony for a youth camp for the environment will be held, to be followed at 7:30 p.m. with an International Friendship Night at the Panaad Football Field.

On Thursday, activities will begin with a 5:30 a.m. fun run, an 8 a.m. Mass, and the launching of the Negros Green Program at 9:30 a.m.

At 10 a.m. Thursday a Japan-Negros Football Match will be held, followed at 2 p.m. by the Pianica and Harmonica Play by the Toyota Miyoshi and Ibaraki groups, at 3 p.m. the OISCA 50th anniversary celebration and 7 p.m. the governor’s night.

The governor said OISCA, through the years, should be credited for creating the silk worm industry in Negros Occidental that produces 90 percent of the country’s silk, training the youth in the protection of the environment, conduct of tree planting activities and forest protection, and for boosting food production in the Philippines.*CPG

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