The twinkling and glittering of colorful lights and decorations in the City of Smiles is still going on. My friends and I have the feeling that they will be taken out for safekeeping after the feast day of our patron saint, San Sebastian, which we celebrate every 20th of January. All Bacoleños are looking forward to two big celebrations, the Bacolod City Fiesta and the Chinese New Year, or BacoLaodiat.
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The I-AME alumni held their second homecoming and management congress for two days at Planta Centro Bacolod Hotel and Residences, on the theme “Managing Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship: Toward Economic Development,” recently.
A Thanksgiving Mass at San Sebastian Church, officiated by Fr. Jude Serfino, kicked off the affair, followed by a motorcade. Before lunch on Day Two, Dr. Robert Gelindez, president of the Saint Robert’s International, welcomed all delegates, while Mayor Evelio Leonardia inducted I-AME alumni officers.
Invited guest speaker Vice President Jejomar Binay was represented by his spokesperson, Jose Virgilio Bautista. Other spokespersons were Dr. Ramon Roque, deputy secretary general of the House of Representatives; Dir. Armando Bartolome; Dir. Dominador Gamboa; and Dir. Oscar Suarez. There were 370 registered delegates.
During the Management Congress proper, topics discussed included Best Practice in Public Governance; Best Practices in Entrepreneurship Through Financing; and Best Practices in Management Innovation and Technology.
After the break, Dr. Rebecca Filasol, president of the I-AME Alumni, gave an inspirational message and delivered her inaugural address. Since it was December, the alumni held their Christmas party with ballroom dancing up to the wee hour of the morning to band music.*
Remember: Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. Love people and not things, use things and not people.*
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