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Victorias student wins
newscasting tilt

Junior student Chloe Nartatez of the Negros Occidental National Science High School in Victorias City was champion and also got the Best in Hiligaynon Newscasting award in the high school category of the ABS-CBN 6th Province-wide Newscasting Competition held recently, at SM Event Centre in Bacolod City.

Nartatez was among the 20 finalists from secondary schools in the province, a press release from NOSHS in Victorias City said.

Nartatez shared her awards with her school, teachers, classmates and friends who had supported her.

Josanlo Caldera was he coach, while Maritess Rivera is principal of Negros Occidental National Science High School, the press release said.

Charie Villa, head of the ABS-CBN regional network group, Joebert Peñaflorida of ABS-CBN Iloilo and Angelo Angolo, news chief of ABS-CBN Bacolod were the judges of the 20 finalists in secondary, as well as the 38 other finalists in elementary and college categories.

Chanell Morales of St. Scholastica’s Academy and Arvin Jan Dela Cruz of the University of St. La Salle-Integrated School in Bacolod City got the first and second runners-up trophies, respectively.

Salandigan host Ryan Gamboa and TV Patrol Negros anchor Barbara Mijares hosted the event, the press release added.*

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MQ beauties hold
medical mission

Beauties with a cause. This is how the MQ candidates would like to be projected by the ABS-CBN Bacolod production of the Search for the MassKara Queen 2011, a press release from ABS-CBN said.

Executive producer Carmela Gamboa said the team would like to present girls who do not only possess beauty and brains, but also the heart to serve others, so, for their first outdoor activity, they were made to participate and immerse themselves in Bantay Bata 163-Negros’ Medical Mission at 888 last Thursday, the press release said.

The girls got involved in the registration process, lining up of the patients and organizing them for the smooth flow of the activity. They also assisted in giving free medicines to more than 500 barangay residents, mostly children, who availed of free medical and dental treatment.  

The MQ candidates also enjoyed in the feeding activity for the children and their parents and/or companions who were treated to a soup kitchen, as well as in the mini trivia game spearheaded by ABS-CBN Bacolod’s News Team, where they helped in giving prizes of free vitamins.

The medical-dental mission was in partnership with 888 Chinatown Square Mall, the Bacolod Adventist Medical Center, Our Lady of Mercy Hospital, Provincial Health Office and the 303rd Infantry Battalion, who came to give free haircut and massage for everybody, the press release added.*

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GAN urges EDC:
Leave MKNP now

Green Alert Negros said the destruction  at the Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park brought by EDC geothermal operations is incomparable to any re-greening and socio-economic services of  the corporation, its press release said.

This was in reaction to EDC chairman emeritus Oscar Lopez’s  August 23, 2011 letter which the group tagged as same old sweet talk by other EDC luminaries.

Lopez and his company should review their statistics and commitment vis-à-vis reality on the grounds, the press release said.

It seaid GAN finds it unbelievable that Lopez still has the gall to brag about EDC self-proclaimed accomplishments and commitment to environmental protection and environmental stewardship after its company damaged Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park, whose value is beyond imagination, and now threatening the ecosystem that supports the lives of hundreds of thousands of Negrosanons in both provinces, it added.

It also said GAN sees the plan of EDC  to downsize its operations is nothing else than a futile attempt to salvage whatever is left of its badly tarnished image as a so-called clean energy company.

Even if it could produce a sustainable 5-10 megawatt, what good will it give Negrenses? They have enough reason to believe that Negrense  will not and never benefit from it.

If at all, Negrosanons would be paying geothermal power at a much higher rate per kilowatt hour than any other power supply available, it also said.

It added that Lopez should stop fooling himself and the people that his company’s project is still feasible and beneficial. On the contrary, it is a gross failure.

GAN reiterated its stand that the best option for EDC to take in order to mitigate its burden and the destruction on the people and nature is to leave Mt.  Kanlaon Natural Park, the press release added.*

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