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IN SILAY
Christmas village
switch-on set

The synchronized switching-on of the Christmas lights in Silay City’s Christmas Village will be led by Silay Mayor Jose Montelibano and San Diego Parish Priest Abiner Pineda Friday.

This switching-on is held every year at the Silay City public plaza where most Silaynons celebrate their Christmas, a press release from Silay in Negros Occidental said.

To be held jointly with the lights-on are the stage performances of Department of Education teachers in celebration of the DepEd Gabi ng Pasko.

The Christmas Village will be held from December 9 to January 6.

The Christmas Village will be complemented by a Christmas sa Night Market on Saturdays and Sundays, Simbang Gabi, hacienda pamaskua, and a series of daigon presentations in the streets, the press release added.*

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Tourism gab for
drivers held

The Sagay City government in Negros Occidental, with Project C.A.R.E.S and the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Transportation and Committee on Tourism, conducted a Tourist-Friendly and Safety-Conscious Tricycle Drivers Program for about 70 tricycle drivers, recently.

Participants were mostly officers of their association with some members of their families and other road safety stakeholders, a press release from Sagay City said.

City Mayor Rafael Cueva urged the tricycle drivers to learn from this program and strive to be tourist-friendly.

Councilor Donato Marañon, chairman, Committee on Transportation, stressed the importance of partnership in the quest to make the road safe, while Councilor Victor Anthony Matthew Gamboa, chairman, Committee on Tourism, said it is important that tricycle drivers are equipped with knowledge on courtesies to guests, the press release said.

Resource persons were SPO2 Barry Layco and Bogs Anonuevo of the Negros Occidental Traffic Management Team.

The City Health Office, headed by Dr. Manuel Bersales, rendered free medical and laboratory services to check the health conditions of the participants, the press release added.*

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Operation Taghoy
calendared

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. has invited Uplift Internationale Operation Taghoy to a conduct medical mission for the cleft lip and cleft palate children.

The proposed medical mission is set for February 5-12, 2012 at the Teresita Jalandoni Provincial Hospital, Silay, Negros Occidental, a press release from organizers said.

Operation Taghoy 2012 is hosted by the Rotary Club of Bacolod North led by the incoming R.I. D3850 governor, Dr. Rafael Jocson, and president Alex Lee, in cooperation with the Rotary Club of Silay led by president Chito Villanueva, the local medical society, Cataract Foundation, MSWD/DSWD, respective LGU/ILMHZ/MHO, Silay LGU, and the government of Negros.

Dr. Jaime Yrastorza, founding president of UI who is Filipino-American citizen, born in Ormoc, wishes to conduct the same service opportunity to all the places in the Philippines, the press release said.

A hospital-based year-round patient care program like the Taghoy Clinic in Ormoc run by Dr. Roland Tomaro, the Smile Train and local Rotary clubs is of great help to the indigent children with facial deformities, it added.

Since its inception in 1989, Uplift Internationale has provided 1,239 mending care surgeries primarily for cleft lips/palates at no-cost to children in the Philippines.

Over 595 volunteer medical and outreach personnel have participated in over 22 annual medical missions provided 192 mending care surgeries (24 per year) at the Taghoy Facial Cleft Clinic at Ormoc.

 Volunteers fund 85 percent to 100 percent of their own travel, meal, and lodging expenses and the surgery allows these children to move from the shadows of society back into the light of the community.

For interested parties, Taghoy Philippines Hotline is +63 9285540086, or log on to www.upliftinternationale.org, the press release added.*

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