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Bacolod City, PhilippinesSaturday, March 12, 2011

YMCA induction
of officers slated

The Young Men’s Christian Association of Negros Occidental Inc. will hold its induction of officers for 2011, 7 p.m. today at Bascon Hotel, in Bacolod City, a press release from the group said.

Guest of honor, speaker, and chief inducting officer is chairman Monico Puentevella of the Philippine Olympic Committee.

The 2011 officers are Philip Abello – president, Gilfredo Geolingo – 1st vice president, Federico Espende – 2nd vice president, Honorato Tonogbanua – corporate secretary, Restituto Pahilanga Jr. – treasurer, Ernesto Pama Jr. – assistant treasurer, Elmer Balbin – auditor, Humphrey Bacolor – public relations officer, and Franklin Demonteverde – business manager, the press release said.

Members of the Board of Directors are Bernardo Castillon, Fidel Garbanzos, Pepito Gellada, Benjamin Montinola, Virgilio Paredes, and Samuel Mondia, the press release added.*

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Clean-up drive held

A group of graduating students from the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City held a seminar and clean-up drive aimed at educating residents of Purok Kitahanon, in Brgy. Banago recently, a press release from USLS said.

Senior Inter-Disciplinary Studies and Marketing majors of the PR class identified Purok Kitahanon, Brgy. Banago as the area to conduct the clean-up drive, it is among the areas which are often flooded due to clogged sewers during rainy days.

Initial assessment of the area showed that the residents do not practice waste segregation although this has been a subject of a city ordinance, the press release said.

The activity started with a lecture on the importance of proper waste segregation and proceeded with the cleaning of the sewers around the area.

The activity was a response of Lasallians to the global calamities brought about by man-made disaster, the press release added.*

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festival kick-off set

The Sagay City government, with the Sinigayan Foundation Inc., will be holding its annual fiesta starting tomorrow and will run until March 19 on the theme “Sustainable and Responsible Tourism: A Key to Socio-Economic Growth,” a press release from Sagay, in Negros Occidental said.

The city will showcase its rich heritage, vibrant colors of its culture, the ingenuity and creativity of its people, and the abundance of its seas and land.

To be featured are the festival villages – Taliambong Food Festival, Dagway Sagay Arts and Culture, and Bugay-Sagay Agri. Meanwhile, highlight of the festival will be the Sinigay sa Sagay Mardigras, a street dancing celebrating the gains in preserving and protecting the 32,000-hectare Sagay Marine Reserve, the press release said.

This year, organizers will make the events and festival villages environment-friendly by reducing the use of plastic bags, straws and styrophor using eco-bags, banana leaves, and buying local products, among other means.

There will also be face painting, street parade, final performance and merry making, unity dance, opening of draft beer, and wiggle dance contest during the Sagay Mardigras, the press release added.*

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Sinigayan festival kick-off set
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