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Bacolod City, PhilippinesThursday, February 24, 2011

Judge Lorna’s
70th birthday


It was truly an evening to remember.  Many of the country's top judges descended on Bacolod this week to attend a board meeting of the Philippine Judge's Association. But they were also here to celebrate the 70th birthday and mark the retirement of Judge Lorna Demonteverde, one of the region's most distinguished and respected members of the judiciary. Retirement is compulsory for judges at 70, so Lorna's husband Judge Franklin and the family decided to mark this very special occasion by throwing a grand bash for Lorna.

And what a party. More than 300 friends, associates and well-wishers crowded into the beautiful setting of the posh new club house at the Costa Brava subdivision on Lacson Street. Guests enjoyed a sumptuous dinner prepared by the Bascon Hotel and danced to the music of the Checkmates.

There were many tributes from fellow judges and associates who praised her fairness and her dedication. One of defining moments of her career as a judge was when she settled a family feud of a prominent family in Bacolod that had been going on for twenty-five years, spanning three generations. After it was settled, the family’s 95-year-old matriarch came to Judge Lorna, crying and thanking her for settling the case. Judge Lorna said that after all these years she would miss the cut and thrust of judicial life, but she's looking forward to going into private practice. She plans to become a consultant.

Happy birthday to the Hon. Ma. Lorna Demonteverde: Outgoing Executive Judge MTCC, Bacolod City, Outgoing Presiding Judge MTCC Branch 2, Bacolod City.*

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Lights parade set today

A competition of lighted tricycles and trisikads called “Marvelous Light Parade”, sponsored by the Central Negros Electric Cooperative and Silay City government, will be held in Silay, Negros Occidental, at 6 p.m. today.

CENECO board member Mike Maravilla was quoted as saying in a press release from Silay that after the launching today, the event will already become an annual tourism event for Silay, as a promotion strategy to encourage visitors to take trisikads and tricycles for their Silay night tours.

The activity will also complement the future Night Market program of Silay City, which will feature a food park, a bargain sale area, and a section for used clothing, Mayor Jose Montelibano said.

All participants will assemble in front of public plaza at Zamora Street for pre-judging, assigning of contest tags, and identification of parade route, the press release said.

Five major winners will receive grand prizes and 10 consolation prizes will be given to 10 other deserving participants by CENECO general manager Sulpicio Lagarde Jr., president Edward Gasambelo, and Maravilla.

The Friends of Tourism will also display their cars to entertain the audience with their light and sounds until midnight, the press release added.*

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Speech gab held

H.O.P.E. Volunteers Foundation Inc. facilitated a speech workshop recently at the H.O.P.E. Cleft Center in Bacolod City, a press release from the foundation said.

The workshop aims to increase understanding of participants about clefting, as well as the principles of speech therapy for children with cleft.

Resource person, Fernando Alejandro Ligot, chairman of the Speech Pathology Department of the University of the Philippines Manila, and a volunteer speech pathologist of Operation Smile Philippines, demonstrated basic articulation therapy techniques with a cleft patient, the press release said.

The activity was participated in by speech teachers, parents, H.O.P.E. volunteers, staff and the Board of Trustees. H.O.P.E. has a Cleft Center that implements a rehabilitation program for the cleft children.

The program addresses the physical and psycho-social concerns of these children and interventions include ongoing surgical repair, parents’ counseling and other creative psycho-social activities which are integrated in speech classes, the press release said. 

Speech sessions are held every Saturday at the center located at Room 304, Northpoint Building, B.S. Aquino Drive in Bacolod City.

For inquiries, interested parties may call H.O.P.E. Volunteers Foundation Inc. at Tel. Nos. 434-6362 or 434-6965, the press release added.*

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Forty more pupils
win in ‘Brainsbee’

Forty more students in 20 barangays of the Third District in Negros Occidental have been named barangay winners for the 2nd Brainsbee ni Albee sa District 3 as the community-based academic competition reaches its second week-end last weekend, a press release from organizers said.

Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez, who launched the contest in 2009, thanked local government units, barangay officials, principals, teachers and parents who have fully supported the program and continued to assist mobilizing wide participation.

New barangay winners are, in Victorias: Rhealyn Manalo and Janin Aizel Gallana (Brgy. 5); Jose Aaron Abinosa and Rey Anthony Serrano (Brgy. 7); Shaira Mendoza and Jaylen Saluria (Brgy. 6); Kerr John Porras and Princess Octaviano (Brgy. 6A); E.B. Magalona: John Dave Locsin and Edmar Perdigosa (Brgy. Damgo); Jim Benedict Lubrico and Nelliza Hechanova (Brgy. Alicante); Jeck Paciente and Lea Rose Yermo (Brgy. Batea); Sailyn Grace Cacho and Marjorie Junsay (Brgy. Mantaangan), the press release said.

Silay City winners were Aldwin June Juson and Glyza Rose Alba (Brgy. 1); Ana Myra Pacino and Randy Adrian Salillas (Brgy. Mambulac); Esabyl  Mitra and Dianara Sayon (Brgy. Central Hawaiian); Raphael Din Lemuel Casim and Lendi Lee Sealmoy (Brgy. E. Lopez); Talisay City: Nino Zedrhic Villanueva and Ma. Preciosa Angela Obanana (Brgy. Zone 10); Bea Andre Tupas and Stevenson George Tupas (Brgy. Zone 9); AmRay Angolo and Oscar Gratian Blarito (Brgy. Concepcion); Vivien Anne Sumpay and Christine May Espeja (Brgy. Matab-ang);   Murcia: James William Yu and Jessica Gico (Brgy. Zone 4); John Kyle Cancan and Lon Andrew Garzon (Brgy. Zone 5); Eunice Santiago and Shiene Nunez (Brgy. Sta. Cruz); Aprilyn Batayo and Christine Joy Canete (Brgy. Alegria), the press release said.

The spelling contest is open to Grades 5 and 6 pupils, while third year and fourth year high school students undergo the Math and Science quiz.  Barangay winners win a cash prize of P700 and the chance to compete in the city or town level round, the press release said.

The city or town champion who wins a cash prize of P15,000 will then move to the district-wide round, and the grand winner will win a P30,000 cash prize and trophy, the press release added.*

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Lights parade set today
Speech gab held
Forty more pupils win in ‘Brainsbee’
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