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Firm gives free coffee
during Simbang Gabi

Blend 45, the coffee that’s truly Filipino, celebrates the time-honored Pinoy tradition of “Simbang Gabi,” with free cups of coffee to warm churchgoers during the cool December mornings.

For two consecutive mornings, Blend 45 will be greeting people with cups of delectable coffee at two churches in Bacolod City: San Sebastian Cathedral (Dec. 18) and at Villamonte Church (Dec. 19). More than just a way to perk up, Blend 45 highlights a quaint and well-loved part of the Filipino culture, a press release from the company said.

Universal Robina Corporation’s Blend 45 has been satisfying the Pinoy palate with 45 years of ground-breaking innovations for the Philippine coffee industry. It has found its spot in the lives of Filipinos who grew up enjoying its signature sweet and distinctly Pinoy taste.       

The Simbang Gabi is one of the highlights of the Yuletide season in the Philippines, in addition to the vibrant Parol and delicious Christmas cuisine. Aside from fulfilling their devotion, Filipinos also look forward to the family breakfast which follows the “midnight mass,” the press release said.

Traditional indulgences like bibingka, puto bumbong and suman, among others, are made available by local vendors outside the churches. This culinary experience is enhanced by piping hot cups of Blend 45.

Made by Filipinos for Filipinos, Blend 45 is backed by a 45-year heritage that pioneered and expanded the country’s coffee industry. Until now, Blend 45 continues to delight every generation with coffee that is rich in both taste and aroma.*

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DepEd Night in Silay

Schools division superintendent, Dr. Milagros Gonzales, said DepEd-Silay wants to have teachers and students share their talents in bringing the Christmas message to the community.

Festival talents include the E. Lopez Elementary School Christmas package, the violinists of Gov. Emilio Gaston, and the champion teachers’ folk dance in the area meet, a press release from Silay said.

Numbers from District I are Hele ni Inay, Tuloy na Tuloy pa rin ang Pasko, Christmas Medley and Oking’s Pasko.

District II has season’s specials from Napilas Integrated School, Violeta Integrated School and Gaston Elementary School; while District III and IV will have presentations from Tayap, Emiliano Lizares, Guimbala-on, Lantad and Silay North Elementary School.

Pre-school teachers will render a vocal duet and finale numbers, the press release said.

The switch-on ceremony will be led by Mayor Jose Montelibano, Vice Mayor Mark Golez, and the city councilors, in coordination with Hugyaw Silay Inc., the press release added.*

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Weekend shows
calendared at NGC

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia has directed the City Tourism Office to stage entertainment shows at the Bacolod City Government Center every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from today until Dec. 30, a press release from Bacolod City said.

Leonardia is encouraging Bacoleños to make the Government Center a venue for family and community gatherings in celebration of the Christmas season.

The tourism office, in cooperation with schools, churches and government officials, will present a series of shows to start with the Unit 1/Domingo Lacson National High School today, followed by Unit II/Bata National High School on December 10,  and Unit III/District  on December 11, the press release said.

Next week, the shows will be performed by Unit IV/Sum-ag National High School on December 16, Bacolod City College on December 17, and Cathedral Choir on December 18.

On December 23, the Bing Senduco Group will be the presentor, followed on December 29 by DSSD Day Care Centers.

The weekend variety shows are intended to encourage families and groups to spend time together at the Government Center, the press release added.*

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Alay Lakad 2011 aims
to raise P300,000

This year’s Alay Lakad will be held Sunday, with Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, and Rep. Anthony Golez leading other government officials, teachers, students and civic organizations, a Bacolod City Hall press release said.

The walk for a cause will take off from four points and converge at the public plaza where a short program will be held, and prizes raffled off to participants.

Special prizes will be awarded groups with the most number, most colorful, oldest and youngest walk participants, and the longest staying group.

Leonardia encouraged the organizers and media to rally the people to join this year’s Alay Lakad because it is good for their health and also to persuade participants to contribute even just small amounts to the Alay Lakad fund which is dedicated for the education of out of school youth.

Group I will assemble at Bacolod City National High School, Group II at Goldenfield, Araneta, Group III at West Negros University, and Group IV at Provincial lagoon. Assembly time is 5 a.m. and kick off between 6 and 6:15 a.m., the press release said.

Group I will be led by Leonardia, councilors Em Ang and Caesar Distrito with police personnel from stations 6, 7 and 10. They will leave BCNHS at 6 a.m. 

Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson, councilors Archie Baribar, Al Victor Espino, Bobby Rojas and Police Station 2 representatives will be the core group for Group II taking off from Goldenfields at 6:10 a.m., the press release said.

Golez, councilors Dindo Ramos, Homer Bais and Elmer Sy, and Station 4 personnel will form part of Group III. They will leave WNU at 6:15 a.m.

Marañon joined by councilors Catalino Alisbo, El Cid Familiaran, and Sonya Verdeflor, and Station 1 representatives will lead Group IV leaving the Capitol Lagoon at 6:15 a.m., the press release said.

This year’s Alay Lakad group chair is Kiwanis Club of Metro Bacolod Alladino Agbones who revealed that the 2011 targeted funds for the annual walk, which is especially dedicated to the out-of-school youth, is P300,000, and that, the club has already raised P44,000, the press release added.*

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DepEd Night in Silay
Weekend shows calendared at NGC
Alay Lakad 2011 aims to raise P300,000

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