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Bacolod City, PhilippinesTuesday, April 2, 2013

Holy Week 2013

Belated Happy Easter to all! Let us thank God Our Father for giving us Jesus as our Savior! Let's forgive, love, and be more like Christ.

It was a really long and restful weekend, and we had all the time to be with our family and fulfill our religious obligations. It was a peaceful Holy Week in Bacolod City with no traffic to worry about, and we had the chance to be fully recharged.

On Domingo Pascua, however, almost all the restaurants and eateries were fully booked, including the Manokan Country, the resorts and beaches.

After hearing mass at the San Sebastian Cathedral, Gene Mapa and I decided to have lunch at Ripples in L'Fisher Hotel, and we joined the table of Gina Ciocon and Delia Ciocon Granada. All others were occupied by families and friends, like the Mirano family, headed by Willam and Alex Mirano, and Alfonso and Mila Chu, among others.

We enjoyed the ambience, superb food and company, and I was a bit saddened to bid adieu but I had to join Lina L. at the activities of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites, Our Lady of the Smile Community at Carmel in Mandalagan, Bacolod.*

Remember: I believe God is managing my affairs and that He doesn't need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end.

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Artists' competition
to be held

The Negros Occidental junior green artists' summer competition will be held by Greenwatch Philippines Inc. to involve the youth in promoting environmental awareness and create arts that depict the perils of global warming and climate change, a press release from GPI said.

On-the-spot painting contests will be organized in the cities of Bago, La Carlota, Himamaylan and Kabankalan from April 15 to 18, in cooperation with the Negros Occidental provincial government, offices of district representatives, city officials, school district superintendents, principals and teachers.

Winners and their coaches will receive certificates of recognition, and the arts will be displayed at SM City Bacolod, April 20-22, during the Earth Day celebration.

More prizes and certificates of recognition will be awarded to overall winners and their coaches on April 22, the press release also said.

For more information, those interested may call the GPI at 704-5257, or 0919-7777791, the press release added.*

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Army outreach mission held

About 1,378 residents of Barangay Malasibog in Escalante City, Negros Occidental, benefited from the outreach mission conducted by the 3 rd Civil Military Operations Battalion of the Philippine Army in line with the 116 th PA anniversary recently, a military press release said.

The activity, titled “Serving the People, Securing the Land,” started with a healing service officiated by Pastor AG Baron of the Body of Christ Community Church, followed by the distribut ion of the Holy Bible, the press release also said.

A “Soccer for Peace” exhibition game was also conducted, as well as free dental checkup and services by the Armed Forces of the Philippines Dental Service. Other activities were circumcision services, children's games, magic show and photo static display, legal assistance, psychological counseling, and clay art demonstration and mural painting.

Dr. Rocel Cantila and Jevi Ganancial of the Negros Occidental Provincial Veterinary Office provided free services, the City Health Office of Escalante held medical checkup and gave medicines; and the Bantay Bata 163 Negros Foundation distributed used clothing and relief items, the press release also said.

A barangay forum followed in the afternoon with Mayor Melecio Yap Jr., Ltc Patrick Cinco of the 3CMOBn and Ltc Raymundo Delgado, executive officer of the 62 nd Infantry (Unifier) Battalion, Philippine Army, and Malasibog barangay captain Romulo Amacan and kagawads.

Issues and concerns over government programs, like the distribution of benefits and special privileges for senior citizens, and matters about the proper registration for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the government, were raised at the assembly, the press release added.*CGS

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Forest land use
agreement inked

A memorandum of agreement for the San Carlos Forest Land Use Plan in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, was signed recently by Department of Environment and Natural Resources Office 6 regional executive director Adeluisa Siapno and San Carlos City Mayor Gerardo Valmayor Jr., a government press release said.

The MOA aims to undertake the forestland use planning in sustainable forest management, biodiversity management, vulnerability assessment/climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, management and reducing emission from deforestation and forest degradation, the press release said.

FLUP is an essential part of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan of the city, and Valmayor created a technical working group chaired by him and co-chaired by Forester Dennis Parcon of the DENR-Provincial Environment and Natural Resources in Negros Occidental, to ensure its effective preparation, it also said.

The MOA signing was witnessed by DENR and city officials Rommel Debulgado, Rufino Eraula, Cecil Cañada, Valentin Talabero, Wilfred Ramon Peñalosa, Edgar de la Cruz and Joan Nathaniel Gerangaya, the press release added.*

Artists' competition to be held
Army outreach mission held
Forest land use agreement inked
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