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BCPO policemen
donate blood

The bloodletting activity of the Bacolod City Police Office dubbed “Dugo Mo, Kabuhi Ko” at Barangay 15 Hall opened recently, a BCPO press release said.

BCPO director, Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, said he encouraged his men to donate blood because it will not only give them a chance to help others, it is also healthy.

The activity was organized by the BCPO Police Community Relations Branch, in partnership with the Bacolod City Health Office headed by Dr. Salome Biñas, and aimed at helping those who are in need of blood.

A total of 40 BCPO police personnel participated in the activity together with residents, officials of Brgy.15, and students from the Bacolod City College, the press release said.

Barangay Captain Anthony Jose Aico said he was glad that his barangay was chosen as venue for the bloodletting.

Also present during the activity were Senior Insp. Leilanie Garcia, chief of the Police Community Relations Branch, and PCR officers from the 10 police stations in the city, the press release added.*

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MassKara dance
showdown launched

The first MassKara barkada dance showdown, which hopes to highlight another breed of dancers, was launched yesterday in Bacolod City by the Silver MassKara Festival, in partnership with GMA TV.

Festival director Eli Francis Tajanlangit yesterday said “Parallel to the street dance, we will have a dance showdown where participants do not necessaring have to use elaborate costumes and masks,” he said.

The competition is open to all participants of any age, he added.

Tajanlangit said, however, that the traditional streetdance competitions where contingents try to outdo each other in the costumes and masks departments, remains the highlight of the festival on October 15 and 16, with the schools and barangay categories.

He said they have come up with this new activity because they want the MassKara to be accessible to more people and this reflects the dynamism of the festival.

Tajanlangit said the first round of the competition will be part of the opening rites for the 2011 MassKara Festival on October 1 at the Bacolod public plaza, after the switch-on of the bandstand lights. The competitions will be the culminating activity on October 19, he said.

Rudy Reveche, MassKara street and arena dance competition head, said the 20 participating groups will be trimmed down to only 10 for the finals at the Bacolod public plaza.

“We will have a broad spectrum of dance form like ballet, jazz, tribal, contemporary, folkdance and there will be no age limit for the participants,” he said.

Tajanlangit recalled that in 2004, they started to engage people to dance in the streets and since then, “We tried to continue reconstructing the MassKara Festival to make the activities as easy for our people to participate in.”

In 2004, they started the idea of street parties by opening Lacson Street to sidewalk cafes because they wanted the people to have fun and participate in the festival, he said.

“This dance showdown is part of the process,” he added.

Tajanlangit said “This year, anybody can dance anytime, anywhere in the festival using low-tech, low-cost costumes and masks.”

The dance showdown is envisioned to becomeanother major activity of the MassKara Festival, he said.

The contest is open to all participants of any age, who shall form a group of eight to 12 dancers. Any dance form and canned music is allowed, as long as the dancers use masks during their performance. Face-painting and character make-up are allowed.

Reveche said the orientation for participants is on Sept. 18 at the ABC Hall, screening on Sept. 24 at the BAYS Center, elimination round for 20 participants on Oct. 1 at the public plaza, and final round for 10 groups on Oct. 19 at the public plaza.

Prizes are P15,000 for the champion, P10,000—first runner-up, P7,000—second runner-up, and P3,000 each for seven non-winning groups, Tan said.

Entry forms are available at the GMA Office, 3rdFloor Security Bank Building, Rizal-Locsin Sts., Bacolod City. Interested parties may call (034)-4346254 or 434-6528.

Also present during the press conference were Councilor Homer Bais, chairman of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Tourism; GMA assistant program regional manager Dado Tan, and GMA TV 13 events and promotions specialist Rutha Rojo.*CGS

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HARI wins at C! Awards

On the 10th year as the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the country, HARI put the Philippines on the global map with its recent win of the prestigious Global Distributor of the Year title during the Hyundai Motor Company Global Distributors Convention held in Banff, Canada recently – proving its mettle as a world-class company once again.

As HARI’s fourth win as Distributor of the Year in Hyndai’s International community, three times as Asia-Pacific Distributor of the Year (2005, 2006 and 2008), this is proudly HARI’s first as Global Distributor of the Year, only a decade since its inception in 2001, a press release from HARI said.

This victory was made even sweeter as it came after HARI’s strong performance in 2010, solidifying its Top 3 ranking in total automotive sales by surpassing the 20,000-unit mark, a robust 82 percent from its 2009 sales.

This was a result of its winning mix of its five core values, Customer-Focus, Results-Oriented, Passion, Teamwork, and Integrity, which characterize the company’s dedicated, performance-driven management, staff and dealership network, the press release said.

Taking a cue from Hyundai’s latest global slogan, “New Thinking New Possibilities,” HARI has integrated Hyundai’s corporate philosophy into the local work mindset.

Fe Peez-Agudo, HARI president and CEO, said, “As we continue to confront changes and challenges in the business landscape, it is important that we remain faithful to the goal of making our customers even happier,” the press release said.

With HARI taking this philosophy to heart, all efforts and directions have been running parallel with HMC’s corporate vision/mission, and eventually, exceeded HMC’s expectation, it added.

On the global stage, sitting at No. 5 of the top-ranking auto makers today, HMC aims on taking No. 3 by 2015 and challenges its distributors worldwide to raise the Hyundai driving and owning experience of each customer by bring a step ahead in offering innovative people-centered, eco-friendly products and services, the press release also said.*

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Food preparation gab set

The Silay City government, through the Silay City Tourism Office, will sponsor a seminar-workshop on restaurant management and food preparation for Balaring restaurant operators, cooks and waiters today, at Edge Water Restaurant in Brgy. Balaring, in cooperation with Hugyaw Silay Inc., Red Aeronautics and Technological Institute Inc., and Barangay Balaring Council, a Silay press release said.

Mayor Jose Montelibano said this culinary event is in line with Silay Tourism Month Celebration, and an ongoing training for the frontline staff and cooks of Balaring shoreline restaurants, to continue serving local and foreign tourists on the seafood trademark of Silay wherein the dishes offered at the restaurant came from the shoreline of Silay.

Resource persons from the RED Aeronautics and Technological Institute are John Ronald Escaro and Rinalyn Escare.

The press release also said that Ver Pacete, tourism officer of Silay, said the undertaking jives with flagship programs of Silay City which are tourism promotion, food production, sustainable mangrove rehabilitation, livelihood creation, and employment generation.

Facilitating the needs of the participants are Marissa Montelibano, Carmelo Millena, Susan Velez, Solo Locsin, Gerle Sulmaca, Francess Dane Cobrado and Nathalie Porsalida, the press release added.*

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MassKara dance showdown launched
HARI wins at C! Awards
Food preparation gab set

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