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Sarswela starts in Silay

The Silay City government and the Doña Montserrat Lopez Memorial High School Special Program for the Arts, in coordination with Hugyaw Silay Inc., will present an original Ilonggo sarswela entitled “Brokin Layns” today and tomorrow at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the Sen. Jose C. Locsin Cultural and Civic Center, Silay City, a press release from organizers said.

The project is an initial activity envisioned for the revival of the Sarswela Festival in Silay City that started in 1984 and last held 2006.  Silay Sarswela has a long way since its first year, and this was nationally known because of the participation of Silay City in the 1st National Theater Festival held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in February of 1992, with the Hda. Adela Community Organization entry entitled “Matam-is Man Gali Ang Kalamay” (1991 Best Silay Sarswela), the press release said.

The initiative aims to revive the interest of the Silaynons in sarswela production; inspire the present generation to take part in making this tradition an annual event in the City of Silay; encourage the barangays to form their theater groups to participate in the festival; and to touch the of the members of the local government unit, private institutions and organizations to provide the necessary assistance in making this project possible, the press release added.*

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Tourism industry gets help

The tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority, formerly Philippine Tourism Authority, will conduct an information drive on how it can help set up plans and assist in the development of infrastructure for the country’s tourism industry, a City Hall press release said.

John Orola Jr., chairman of the Bacolod City Tourism Council and former congressman of Bacolod City and Tourism Attaché to the US and Japan, is encouraging stakeholders in the tourism industry so Bacolod City and Negros occidental can be made a major tourist destination. 

This forum is being organized by the Bacolod City government.

It will be held at the Eastview Hotel 1:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Interested parties may contact Imogene Kana-an and Butch Gerasmo at the Bacolod City Tourism Office or call Tel. Nos. 4346751 and 7083066, the press release added.*

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 ‘Ivan’ musical slated

A play called “Ivan” that focuses on the perils of absentee Overseas Filipino Worker parents, the breaking up of the family, values that eventually lead to drug addiction will be shown for free  3 p.m. Saturday at the LN Agustin Memorial Sports Center in Bacolod City.

Ivan, a musical play that tackles the issue of drug addiction, was produced by West Negros University in cooperation with WNU-National Service Training Program led by Dr. Rey Eslabon, Western Visayas Regional NSTP Coordinators Association Inc. and Center for the Performing Arts and Culture, among others, a WNU press release said.

Kalingaw: Ang Teatro Hiligaynon artistic director, Ismael Java, directed the play.

Hiligaynon songs like Panganduhoy and Nagasingkal nga Agalon and 11 others are originally composed by Kalingaw’s Musical Team; John Rovic Solanoy, Mark Aries Fuentes and Java himself under the direction of Caesar Pacalioga.

Ivan is the winning entry of WNU for the Youth Events Grant, the press release added.*

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Medical missions calendared

A series of district-wide free medical and dental missions will be held by the office of Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) this month and in December, its press release said.

The first is set November 27 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Silay City Plaza Covered Court.

Benitez said the activity is in cooperation with the local government units of the Third District, and the North Central Negros Inter Local Health Zone and also providing support are the AB Leisure Exponent Inc., and Leisure and Resorts World Corp.

The other schedules are on December 3 at the Murcia Gym; December 4 – Talisay Gym; December 11 – Victorias City Cultural Center; and December 18 – E. B. Magalona Wilkinson Court, the press release said.

Benitez said the medical mission aims to serve a thousand beneficiaries in each venue and volunteer doctors, dentists and nurses have been tapped to work with their counterparts in the local health offices to form the medical and dental teams, the press release added.*

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