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LCCB surpasses 2010 FLEA

The Professional Regulation Commission announced that La Consolacion College in Bacolod City had a 100 percent performance rating in the Foreign Licensure Examination for Architects, given by the Board of Architecture in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Al-Khobar and Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; and in Doha, Qatar last November 2010.

The successful examinees from LCCB ARFIEN or School of Architecture, Fine Arts and Interior Design are Rex Hidalgo Pinongan and Ricardo Pabalate Jr. There were 236 who passed out of 454 who took the examination, a press release from LCC-B said.

ARFIEN Dean Rialino Alisbo explained that the FLEA is an extension program given by the PRC to architecture graduates from the Philippines who are now working in the Middle Eastern countries, and are unlikely able to take the board exams in the country due to their work abroad. The former administration of President Arroyo directed the PRC to create a program that will allow our OFWs to take the exam abroad.

Ariel Salas Sarayno from LCC-B garnered the highest place in the 2009 FLEA. There were five others who passed the examination. They are Miluna Alegada, Nelson Bantayan, Rolito Barañao, Jeoffrey Milano and Rommel Perez. The school had a passing rate of 86 percent against the national passing rate of 43 percent, the press release said.

Meanwhile, 21 examinees from LCCB ARFIEN also successfully passed the Architect Licensure Examination held in Manila on June 11 and 13, 2010. The school had a passing rate of 51 percent against the national passing rate of 49.55 percent, the press release said.

The passers are Rey Brian Alejano, Sui J Alvior, Benster Mark Arididon, Melco Barredo, Ma. Josefina Geraldine Biene, Arlou Carampatana, Restituto Daffon III, Zeke Dalisay, Sheryl Ann Galisanao, Rogely Gambito, John Michail Garcia, Theresia Mae Gulmatico, Jose Neil Jison, Arvin Malvas, Rolando Romarate Jr., Alvin Samodal, Martin Andrew Si, Rene Tahum, Crisan Thomas Tranquilino, Cheyenne Veñegas and Christian Yu.

The Board of Architecture is headed by Armando Alli with members Angeline Chua Chiaco and Marietta Bundalian Segovia.

All new architects from LCC School of Architecture, Fine Arts and Interior Design will receive a Plaque of Recognition from the school in the 2011 Commencement Exercises at La Consolacion College Bacolod, the press release added.*

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Pulupandan
marks annual fiesta

The municipality of Pulupandan in Negros Occidental celebrated its 94th Annual Town Fiesta and the 7th Salapan Festival Tuesday.

The highlight of the festival was the coronation of Miss Pulupandan 2011, a Pulupandan press release said.

The event, led by Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno Peña, was attended by Vice Gov. Genaro Alvarez Jr. and former Manapla mayor and now Executive Assistant to the Governor, Manuel Escalante III, who both crowned this year’s Pulupandan festival queen.

Miss Pulupandan 2011 was Michaela Ortaliz Ganzon, daughter of Iloilo Councilor Jeffrey Ganzon and Girlie Ortaliz-Ganzon, a Pulupandanon, the press release added.*

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Kiosk rent reservation
starts March 1

Reservation of kiosks for the 18th Panaad sa Negros Festival scheduled on April 4-9 will start March 1, a Capitol press release said.

Panaad Park Administrator Ian De Ramos disclosed that  191 kiosks at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City will be made available for rental on a “first-come, first-served” basis until slots are filled.

Out of the 191 available kiosks, 87 are for food and drinks; 32 for dry goods; 25 for ice cream, shakes, hotdogs, etc; 27 for the garden show; and 20 extension kiosks.

Maximum of three kiosks per renter will be allowed. Rental for a food and drinks kiosk is P5,000; garden show is P2,000 and P3,000 for the extension kiosk. Full payment will be required to make the necessary choice for the area of operation, and 20 percent of the rent will be charged as penalty for cancelled reservations, the press release said.

A general briefing will be conducted 10 a.m.  April 1 at the Panaad Media Center of the Panaad Stadium.

Reservations should be made with Marilou Garcia at the Panaad Administrative Office with tel. nos. 446-1582 to 85, the press release said.

De Ramos also reiterated some of the guidelines which must be strictly followed by the renter.

 For dry goods clients, selling of fruit shakes and other food items will not be allowed and bringing in of hawkers or street vendors is prohibited, videoke machine operation will not be allowed, renters should abide by the organizer’s policy on exclusivity of products to be sold in case there is a lock-out agreement with corporate sponsors and renters will be required to provide a 15 Amperes circuit breaker, the press release said.

Violation of any of the guidelines will be meted a penalty of P1,000 cash for the first offense and removal of the rights to use the kiosks and banning from future participation for the second offense shall be imposed, the press release added.*

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Tanghal 5 back in province

Thespians from different parts of the country gathered at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod City for the opening ceremonies of Tanghal 5, the National University Theater Festival, which will last until Saturday.

The first Tanghal in the province in 2007 is back to where it started five years ago, a Philippine Information Agency press release said.

USLS Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Marie Therese Jochico, in behalf of Br. Ray Suplido, president, welcomed the participants being one of the hosting venues of the theater festival other than the Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod and the West Negros University.

Marichu Tellano, head of Planning, Policy Formulation and Program Division of NCCA, said as part of the National Arts Month celebration, they are working  to upgrade artists and cultural workers to be of international standards, and create an event that will invite foreigners such as the Phare Ponleu Selpak, a group of circus performers from Cambodia, the press release said.

The National University Theater Festival is a flagship project of the NCCA Committee on Dramatic Arts where they provide a creative platform for theater artists to meet and showcase their best performances, Rudy Reveche, Teatrokon-West Visayas Theater Network president, who delivered the rationale of the event, said.*

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People & Events
Pulupandan marks annual fiesta
Kiosk rent reservation starts March 1
Tanghal 5 back in province

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