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Film shot in Neg. Occ.
to be shown nationwide

A film shot entirely in Negros Occidental, by the directorial team of Peque Gallaga and Lore Reyes, will be shown in SM Cinemas nationwide from September 11 to 17, a press release from organizers said.

“Sonata”, that is part of the Sineng Pambansa National Film Festival All Masters Edition, stars Richard Gomez, Cherie Gil, Chart Motus, Joshua Pineda, and Chino Jalandoni, grand-nephew of actor Joel Torre; and homegrown Ilonggo talents Madie Gallaga, Dante Amaguin, Tanya Lopez, Ricky Gallaga and Edouard Garcia, the press release also said.

Gallaga and Reyes said they are proud of the involvement of their former Ilonggo students and colleagues, who became crew members of the film. “There are 40 people in the staff. Only five of them are from Manila,” Gallaga said.

A synopsis of the film says Regina Cadena (Gil) is a Negrense opera star who lives in Europe. She loses her voice and the doctors cannot determine whether this is a permanent condition, or a temporary one. She returns home to Negros Occidental to rest and to figure out her next step. Accompanying her is Cora Palma (Motus), her executive assistant, who has remained in Manila to handle her affairs, and Cora’s son, Jon-jon (Jalandoni).

In her ancestral home, Regina suffers from deep depression and shuts herself off from the world, while the city-born and raised Jon-jon has his world opened by the beauty of living in the province during the summer. As the world of the well-traveled opera diva collides with the world of a young boy in the throes of exploration, both discover the nature of art and the healing power of love, the press release also said.

“Sonata” was produced by Film Development Council of the Philippines, My Own Mann Productions, Central Digital Lab, Wild Sound Inc., and Ruby’s Arms Production Services, the press release added.*

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Francisco exhibit to open

A traveling exhibition on the works of National Artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco will be launched by the Ayala Museum Tuesday and will run until September 10 at The District North Point Mall in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, a press release from the museum said.

Titled “Botong Francisco: A Nation Imagined,” the exhibition features 25 reproductions of his paintings from institutional and private collections, and a film produced by Ayala Foundation Inc. and directed by filmmaker Peque Gallaga on Botong’s vision and artistry, the press release also said.

The outreach initiative of AFI’s Arts and Culture Division is a traveling version of the museum exhibition held December 2012 to March 2013 in celebration of Francisco’s centennial birth anniversary at Ayala Museum in Makati City, that showcased around 40 of Botong’s paintings, supplemented by a short film that captured his large-scale works and murals commissioned for public buildings. The film had also been included in the documentary category at the 2013 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Bringing the exhibition to Talisay and other possible regional locations is in line with the aim of the AFI to bring art to new audiences outside Manila, through the Museum with the support of Ayala Foundation Inc., Ayala Corporation, The District North Point Mall, and the Javier Lacson family, the press release said.

For more information, those interested may email museum_inquiry@ayalamuseum.org, or call (632) 752.8288, the press release added.*

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Text2Teach spreads reach,
Ayala joining MOA signing

More public elementary schools in the Visayas will soon enjoy innovative ways of learning through Text2Teach, as the project widens its reach in the region, a Text2Teach Alliance press release said.

In support of innovative teaching and learning, at least 12 local government officials from the Visayas will sign a memorandum of agreement Tuesday at the Silay Civic Center with the Text2Teach Alliance for the implementation of the Text2Teach project in their respective areas.

Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, chairman and chief executive officer of Ayala Corp., will deliver the keynote message, the press release said.

This will bring Text2Teach to 164 public elementary schools in the Visayas, with ongoing implementation in some 128 schools.

Signing the MOA are mayors Jose Montelibano of Silay City, Monico Puentevella of Bacolod City, Ramon Torres of Bago City, Juliet Marie Ferrer of La Carlota City, Eric Saratan of Talisay City, in Negros Occidental;

Francisco Baladjay Jr. of Laua-an, Antique; John Yap of Malay, Aklan; Valdemar Chiong of Naga City, Cebu; German Sarana Jr. of Bayawan City, Carlo Jorge Joan Reyes of Guihulngan, and Mercedes Teves-Goñi of Bais City, all of Negros Oriental; and Governor Zaldy Villa of Siquijor province.

Each LGU will commit to bringing Text2Teach to at least 10 public elementary schools in their districts.

This is Silay City’s second time to commit for Text2Teach. It first committed for the project in October 2012, connecting 12 public elementary schools, the press release said.

On August 27, they will commit to an additional 19 schools. At the same time, La Carlota City will commit to connecting all of its 25 public elementary schools to Text2Teach. This will make the public elementary schools in the two cities 100-percent fully connected to Text2Teach, it added.

During the signing, project partner Toshiba Corporation will also turn over 300 32-inch LED Toshiba television sets to the Text2Teach Alliance. Toshiba, a key partner for Text2Teach’s fourth phase, is providing 850 32-inch LED screens. Late last year, 300 television sets were distributed to beneficiary schools, the press release said.

Also in attendance at the signing will be members of the Text2Teach alliance.

Fumio Otani, Corporate Representative–Asia of Toshiba Corporation, will deliver a special message on behalf of the company. Other alliance representatives include Mei Ling Tan, regional sustainability manager of Nokia, and Bong Esguerra, Corporate Social Responsibility manager of Globe Telecom.

“We are very thankful about all of these partnerships. This just shows how education is important to all of us. We cannot do this alone, but if we all work together, we can bring quality education to every Filipino child,” said Luli Heras-de Leon, president of Ayala Foundation Inc., that serves as project lead for Text2Teach.

For more information on Text2Teach, those interested may visit www.text2teach.org, or contact program manager, JR Demecais, at demecais.ig@ayalafoundation.org., (632) 752-1185 or 0917-8607764, the press release added.*

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Peace gab held

A two-day workshop on how to implement the second phase of the six-month project, with the theme “Serving the Countryside, Working with the People” was held in Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental, recently.

The project was spearheaded by the Provincial Peace, Integration and Development Unit, a sub-committee of the Provincial Peace and Order Council of Negros Occidental, representatives of various groups, including those from the provincial government.

1Lt. Jimrhic Obias, 303rd Infantry Brigade Civil Military Operations officer, said they will expand the coverage of the project from six to 10 hinterland barangays of Escalante, Toboso and Calatrava (ESTOCA), targeting 300 to 600 poorest-of-the-poor families.

Obias said the 10 barangays are not only vulnerable to activities of the New People’s Army but also to lawlessness, disaster and other socio-economic problems.

The first phase of the project, held from Aug. 1 to Aug. 14, and dubbed as “Marching for Peace, Serving the Countryside”, focused on military operations and humanitarian mission in six hinterland barangays of ESTOCA, benefitted more than 20,000, military records show.

Provincial Planning and Development officer Ma. Lina Sanogal, who served as Pro-PIDU action officer, said this is a continuation of the previous series of activities, led by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., who visited five of the six sites.

This is in line with the program of Marañon to combat poverty in the countryside, as a way of winning peace, she said.

Harry Pineda, official of the Alter Trade Foundation, said they are committed to help in the capability building of the beneficiaries and inculcate among them the need to be self sufficient, and not be dependent to the provincial government all the time.

Pineda said he and other representatives of groups who attended the workshop have agreed that they will not give cash to the targeted family-beneficiaries, but projects and benefits in-kind. He also stressed the need to promote responsibility, accountability and transparency on projects to be received by the targeted recipients.

Obias said what they have started in ESTOCA areas will be replicated in central and southern Negros.

Also actively involved in the “Winning the Peace” campaign are the Peace Advocates of Negros, Bantay Bata 163 of ABS-CBN, Art Association of Bacolod, Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office and other police units, among others.*GPB

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People & Events
Francisco exhibit to open
Text2Teach spreads reach, Ayala joining MOA signing
Peace gab held

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