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Bacolod City, PhilippinesThursday, February 17, 2011
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Senior citizens’
pre-Valentine’s concert


So, how was your Valentines Day celebration? Memorable, I hope. Whether you celebrated it with your wife, sweetheart, paramour or “significant other”, the day of love is always special. Here in Bacolod, people celebrate it with a bang.

Traffic went haywire, there was a dearth of available parking spaces andpractically all the restaurants, hotels and even the Capitol Lagoon Park grounds were crowded to the max. Our group of three “unattached females” and one male (of course, unattached too!), enjoyed a lovely dinner at Sugarland Hotel where we were entertained bya jazz band all evening. We noticed some couples at the other tables who enjoyed the food but hardly spoke to each other (were they bored with each other’s company?). Anyway, our table was the noisiest as we all love to talk and laugh over the silliest things. Happy Valentine’s, darlings!

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Bacolod’s singing diva, Edith Robillo, serenaded the Senior Citizens Association of Bacolod City recently, with a pre-Valentine concert at SM Event Centre. The venue was filled with senior citizens who applauded wildly over the love songs of their yesterdays: “Too Young”, “Paper Roses”, “You’ll Never Know” and many more. The songstress also entertained the audience withIlongo and Cebuano favorites, as well as French, Italian and Spanish numbers. Edith came onstage with a virtual fashion show of five glamorousevening gowns, ala Pilita Corrales! During the show, the newly elected officers of the FSCAB (Federation of Senior Citizens Association of Bacolod City), were presented to the audience. FSCAB Officer, Councilor Catalino Alisbo,expressed his gratitude for the support shown to the senior citizens with therecreation program held at the SM Centre every second Tuesday of the month.Also on hand to witness the show were members of the Negros Occidental Garden Club led by Glo Tajanlangit and the Bacolod Cultural Foundation led by Vicky Vega. They all congratulated Edith on her successful concert.*

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Employees in Bago
get tribute today

The city government of Bago in Negros Occidental will hold its Employees Day today in line with its 45th Charter Anniversary.

The event will start with a Thanksgiving Mass at the St. John the Baptist Church sponsored by the City Engineer’s Office followed by a motorcade around the city proper, a Bago press release said.

More than a thousand employees are expected flock to the coliseum for the whole-day affair. The guest speaker will be Erna Elizan, OIC Director of the Civil Service Commission Iloilo Field Office, the press release said.

In the afternoon, the employees will showcase their talents in dancing as they present their “World Invasion” themed performance. Also, there will be a Search for Mr. and Mrs. City Government of Bago 2011, to be participated in by representatives from each of the four groups, the press release said.

The city will provide free lunch and many door prizes for all employees. ABS- CBN’s Juanita Banana Bianca Manalo will be the a special guest.

Mayor Ramon Torres said the city is honoring and giving tribute to employees for their service to the city, the press release added.*

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KBP officers take
oath before guv

The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas – Negros Occidental Chapter officers for 2011 led by their chairman Buddy Ferrer of RPN Network took their oath of office before Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. at the Governor’s Office in Bacolod City yesterday, a Capitol press release said.

Other officers are Leilani Salem-Alba of ABS-CBN, vice chair; Jopy Plotria- iFM, secretary; Renee Brillantes-DYRL, treasurer; Jerry Mayordo-RJ FM, auditor; Jun Lapuos, Bert Pabulayan, Paul Moles-Killer Bee, Jeony Bigay-RMN, and JJ Deocampo-Aksyon Radyo, Board of Directors; Harold Limbo-ABS-CBN, Francis Moñuz, and Ralph Belzunce as Standard Performance officers; and Joy Pastoral of dyVS, executive secretary.

The KBP is an organization of broadcast media practitioners tasked to elevate professional and ethical standards in Philippine broadcasting, work for the advancement of the broadcast industry, promote social change, help disseminate government information, strengthen trade ties with the advertising industry and promote the public welfare, the press release added.*.

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Magazine features
‘Organic Negros’

The promotion of Negros as an “Organic Island” was featured in the February 2011 issue of Agriculture Magazine, one of the country’s widely circulated magazines, published by the Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp., a press release from Ramon Uy Jr. of Fresh Start Organics said.

Gracing its cover are Miss Earth beauties - Miss Earth-Air 2009 Sandra Seifert, who is a Negrense, Miss Earth-Philippines 2010 Psyche Resus, and Miss Earth-Water 2006 Catherine Untalan - visiting the Fresh Start Organics farm, owned by couple Ramon and Francine Uy, in October last year as part of their advocacy on organic agriculture.

The cover story, “Negros Goes Organic,” highlights the collective efforts of Negros-based companies and farmers in promoting organic agriculture. These groups and individuals have been doing this even before the provincial governments of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental proclaimed Negros as an Organic Island in 2005, the press release said.

The article mentioned the pioneering works of Alter Trade, considered the biggest exporter of organic products in Negros today; the husband-and-wife team of Batchoy and Pam Henares, who pioneered in vermin-culture for the production of organic fertilizer in their Buro Buro Farm in Bacolod; and Sagay Vice Mayor Kent Javelosa, who is into large-scale production of organic sugarcane.

Also mentioned in the article are various organizations which are into organic agriculture, namely, the Negros Organic Rice Industry Association Eco-Agri Development Foundation, Fr. Sol Fuentispina, CSR, Broad Initiatives for Negros Development, Multi-Sectoral Alliance for the Development of Negros, Humayan Ministry of Pastor Jerry Dionson in Bago City, Ramon Penalosa, La Carlota Organic Coffee Producers Association, and the Sag-ang Organic Coffee Producers Association in La Castellana. All these organizations and individuals are members of Organik na Negros! Organic Producers and Retailers Association, the press release said.

The article also tells the story of how the young Uy couple started with their Fresh Start Organics company right after their marriage in 2005, and how it has now grown into big-time fertilizer production, organic crop growing, processing of various organic products, and marketing.

The Uy couple also grows organic lettuce and various culinary herbs which are sold in malls in Bacolod and Iloilo and soon in Manila. They also sell naturally processed food and wellness products under Fresh Start Organics brand made by Puro Organics, the press release added.*

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