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Museo sang Bata at Ayala

The only marine interactive museum for children – Museo sang Bata sa Negros – has an ongoing exhibit at The District Mall, Ayala North Point in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, that will run until today, Lilibeth Cordova, museum director, said yesterday.

One can discover, learn and enjoy the interactive exhibits on display, like the sand and coral exhibits, she said in a press release.

Visitors can also hear the sound of the ocean in the shell exhibit and see the coral polyps or small animals without backbone that form into corals.

They can also sing and dance with the junior guides during their various presentations, and laugh and be entertained with their interactive stories, she added.

For more information, those interested may call or send an SMS to 0917-3208918, or visit the mall, Cordova added.*

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‘Panakayon’ to
open Aug. 15

The Negros Museum in Bacolod City is preparing for its “Panakayon” project that will combine history, heritage and culture with performances, games and memorabilia to make the tour special and memorable for visitors, its press release said.

It is temporarily closed to museum exhibits and tours since yesterday until August 14 in preparation for the “Panakayon sa Negros Museum” expedition, although the Museum Café still continues its regular hours Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the Admin Office is open Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the press release also said.

“Panakayon” will kick off August 15 with 500 students, sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. It is a project under the Tuklas Tulong Kaalaman Senter of the Negros Museum that aims to integrate local history, heritage and culture to the basic education of Negrense youth, and to make the Museum the developmental tool in building holistic foundation as proud Negrosanons, the press release also said.

Other upcoming museum activities include the Philippine Arts Awards 2013 competition, and deadline for submission of entries is on August 16.

For more information and reservation, those interested may contact the Museum at (034) 433-4764 or (034) 708-5080, the press release added.*

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Marañon agrees with
SC on Coscolluela decision

The Supreme Court has a reason, justice delayed is justice denied.

That was the reaction of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. to the SC decision ordering the dismissal of the case filed against former Negros Occidental Gov. Rafael Coscolluela and three others because of the violation of their Constitutional right to speedy disposition of cases.

In its 12-page decision promulgated July 15, the SC included in the dismissal of the case Dr. Ernesto Malvas - former Negros Occidental Provincial Health officer, Edwin Nacionales - former Special Projects Division head, and his subordinate, Jose Ma. Amugod.

Coscolluela had served as governor of Negros Occidental for three full terms that ended on June 30, 2001.

On November 9, 2001, the Office of the Ombudsman for the Visayas  received a letter-complaint from the People’s Graftwatch, requesting the investigation of the alleged anomalous purchase of medical and agricultural equipment for the province of Negros Occidental worth P20 million.

However, it was only on June 19, 2009 that the information was filed before the Sandiganbayan, the SC noted.

The SC, in its decision, said that, in “view of the unjustified length of time miring the Office of the Ombudsman’s resolution of the case as well as the concomitant prejudice that the delay in this case has caused, it is undeniable that petitioners’ constitutional right to due process and speedy disposition of cases had been violated.”

“As the institutional vanguard against corruption and bureaucracy, the Office of the Ombudsman should create a system of accountability in order to ensure that cases before it are resolved with reasonable dispatch and to equally expose those who are responsible for its delays, as it ought to determine in this case,” the SC said.*CPG

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‘Panakayon’ to open Aug. 15
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