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Silay Rondalla off
to Davao festival

The Kabataang Silay Rondalla Ensemble will represent the  Philippines in the  Cuerdas sa Pagkakaysa (Strings of Unity): Third International Rondalla Festival to be held in Tagum City, Davao, on Feb. 12-19, a press release from Silay said.

Mayor Jose Montelibano, who heads the delegation, was quoted in the release as saying that in this international music festival, the Silay performing artists will be joined in by other rondalla groups from Russia, Spain, China, Indonesia, Iran, India, Singapore, and Australia.

The Silay Rondalla will render the pieces assigned to its performers – Summer, Eine Kleine Nacht Music, Bahay Kubo Fantasy, Mindanao Orchids, And I Love Her, Winter, Pop Song Medley, the press release said.

The Silay Rondalla has been known as the “Young Cultural Ambassadors of Negros Occidental” and in the past it represented also the Republic of the Philippines in 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2007 international rondalla festivals.

The same group was declared NAMCYA Regional Champion in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2007 and won first place in the  NAMCYA National Competition in 2002, the press release said.

In Tagum City, Silay City will have a concert and outreach performances in Maco, Comval; Freedom Park-Tagum; Tagum Doctors’ Hospital; and Sto. Tomas Cultural Center in Davao del Norte.

Tourism officer Ver Pacete said that Silay Rondalla’s participation in the Strings of Unity is the share of Silay City in the mandated Art’s Month Celebration for February.

Accompanying the 25-rondalla member group are Pacete, Susan Velez – executive assistant for tourism, Neil Solomon Locsin – consultant for cultural research, Achilles Corteza III – cultural affairs officer, Mckey Tionko – executive assistant, Aldwin Dalpatan – photographer, Kier Salmingo – videographer, Gerle Sulmaca – tourism staff member, and Marissa Montelibano as official representative of Hugyaw Silay Foundation Inc.*

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8 Bacolod girl scouts
receive national honors

Eight Girl Scouts from four secondary schools in Bacolod City were among the 415 awardees for the 2010 Chief Girl Scout Medals recently, Bacolod Girl Scout Council president Jocelle Batapa-Sigue said in a press release.

The annual recognition has been held by the Girl Scouts of the Philippines since 1977, to recognize the efforts and ability of Girl Scouts in the country in undertaking a whole year of various community projects in their chosen barangays.

The projects range from health and sanitation, community livelihood, environment conservation and cultural heritage programs.  The girl scouts are individually guided by their respective troop leaders who are also teachers of their respective schools, the press release said.

Bacolod awardees from Sum-ag National High School are Febe Ray Antolo, Princess Davila, and Ma. Atennah Quiatchon, accompanied by their troop leaders, Ma. Christine Gison, Cecilia Lim and Pinky Pamela Guanzon.

Domingo Lacson National High School awardees are Krizelle Joyce Javier, Ma. Liza Politud and Bernne Jan Yanson, who were with their school prinicipal Esteban Albacea and troop leaders Jenneth Almajo and Marilyn Benedicto at the ceremony, the press release said. 

Shiaren Macaya is the awardee from West Negros University with troop leader Raycelle Golez, while the awardee from University of St. La Salle-Bacolod is Lowella Marie Sanicas.

Also witnessing the awarding ceremony with Batapa-Sigue were Bacolod Council charter president, Clarita Ong, council executive Merly Filoteo, and commissioner for training Corazon Nisay, the press release added.*

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Bago charter day
celebration starts

“Bago City is 45 and aiming higher,” is the theme of this year’s 45th Charter Anniversary of Bago City in Negros Occidental, which will start today and will end on February 19, the day Bago was chartered into a city by virtue of Republic Act 4382, a press release from the city said.

The 10-day affair will kick off with a motorcade followed by the opening of the yearly Agro- Industrial Cultural and Educational Fair to be participated in by the 24 barangays of the city.

A photo exhibit dubbed, “Bago City thru the Lens” will be open to the public at the Balay ni Tan Juan Community Museum.  A fireworks display at Bantayan Park will cap the opening day.

Different departments of the city  will take turns in sponsoring an event. The City PopCom Office will hold a Population Congress, the Responsible Parenthood Movement Family Day at the Coliseum tomorrow, while the TLDC will organize the Livelihood Skills Olympics on Saturday, and the Bago City College will celebrate its college night on the same day, the press release said.

Now on its fifth year, the Mayor Ramon D. Torres Underbone Motard and Motocross Competition will be held at the Eco Center in Barangay Lag-asan Saturday.

Other activities are Invitational Judo Tournament at the ABAP Gym; Mountain Bike Challenge Bantayan Park; Drum and Bugle Competition at the Sports Stadium; Bago City Elementary School Musical Concert at the coliseum; Jorge Vargas Scouting Olympics at the City Sports Stadium; the Brookside Garden Academy foundation day; Sangguniang Kabataan Night;

Invitational Boxing Tournament; Department of Education’s Speech Festival at the coliseum; Kite Flying Festival at the Sports Stadium; Batang Bago Dance Crew Competition at the coliseum; Farmers Day on February 16 at the coliseum; Soroptimist International of Metro Bago’s Paindis-indis sa Pinakamanamit nga Luto Himo sa Bugas cooking contest;

Employees Day on February 17; Vice Mayors League conference on February 18; Marathon Fun Run; Trio Bowling Tournament; 4th Gawad Bagonhon; Awarding Ceremony for the Agro-Industrial Cultural and Educational Fair and Bago’s Environment Search Kabahin Ka program; Ramon Torres National High School Day highlighted by a Mass Playground Demonstration; Lin-ay sang Bago pageant; and ABS-CBN Bacolod Kapamilya Caravan.

On February 19, there will be a Thanksgiving Mass at the St. John the Baptist Church. At 1 p.m., a Grand Parade and Float Competition will be held featuring 10 floats from different stakeholders of the city, the press release said.

It will be followed by the Babaylan Street Dance Competition and Arena Competition at the City Coliseum, simultaneous with the Diwata sang Bago coronation.

GMA Network will bring its biggest stars on February 19, 9 p.m., with their Kapuso Night, and a grand fireworks display will cap the celebration, the press release added.*

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Solo art exhibit tomorrow

Virgillio “Pandy” Aviado will hold a solo exhibit 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Balay ni Tana Dicang in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, a press release from the Capitana Gallery said.

Aviado earned his bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at the Philippine Women’s University-Philippine College of Music and Fine Arts, where he began specialized training in printmaking.

He also completed graduate units in art education at the Ateneo de Manila. As a student, he won major art competitions such as the Shell National Student’s Art Competition (1964) and the Art Association of the Philippines annual art competition (1966). He was also among 13 Artist awardees in 1970, an award given by the Cultural Center of the Philippines to promising young artists, the press release said.

He held his first solo exhibition at the Luz Gallery in 1967 and represented the Philippines at the Sao Paolo Biennial in the same year. Aviado has since participated in several international art events among them the India Triennial in New Delhi (1968), The Paris Biennial (1969), and the Havana Biennial (1991, with sculptor Junyee). He also participated in Philippine exhibitions held in Australia, Korea, Canada, Chile, Amsterdam and Japan.

Aviado, who has held more than 30 solo exhibitions, is involved in animation and experimental films.

He is an experienced art administrator, having served as president of the Art Association of the Philippines and the Philippine Association of Printmakers. He was director of the Coordinating Center for the Visual Arts at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and was elected head of the Committee on Visual Arts of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the press release added.*

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8 Bacolod girl scouts receive national honors
Bago charter day celebration starts
Solo art exhibit tomorrow

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