Victorias officials visit Japan
Victorias City officials and department heads led by Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca visited the Nanjo City, Okinawa-Prefecture in Japan for cultural exchange and partnership recently, a press release from the city said.
The delegation was composed of Vice Mayor Jerry Jover, City Administrator Paul Ricardo Palanca, City Planning and Development officer Evangeline Alo, partnership coordinator Mari Kurata, project manager of the Ikaw-Ako Japan–Negros Partnership for Environmental Protection, and businessman June David Palanca, the press release also said.
They paid a courtesy call on Nanjo City Mayor Keishun Koja, and presented a resolution from the Victorias Sangguniang Panlungsod, inviting Nanjo to a sister-city agreement.
The group toured the Nakazen Corporation to see the processing of Noni juice, attended the Herb Summit Festival at the Misaki Park Place, held a dialog with medicinal herbs experts, businessmen and the academe, witnessed the Open Garden and Peninsular Art Festival, and toured the Direct Sales Depot at the Osato Keibin Station, the press release also said.
An interchange between Victorias City, Nanjo City, Lequiowings, consul general of the Philippines, JICA Okinawa and the chief director of Yuinchi took place to discuss possible partnership and exchange of ideas on developmental projects. The Victorias delegation also met with agricultural dealers and fishery leaders as they visited the Taragawa Rice Wine Brewer, Mozuko Processing in Okutakejima, Hananoka Village, and the Okinawa Bireley’s Factory, and met with the Body of Commerce and Industry and the Association of Tourism, the press release added.*
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set in Bacolod
A group exhibit, titled “Kalamidad”, by the Dibuhista nga Naghiliugyon sa Negros (DIHON) artists, will open 5 p.m. today at Robinsons Place Bacolod, as part of the International Human Rights Day celebration, a press release from the group said.
“Kalamidad”, a visual statement on calamities and the impact on people’s lives, will be participated in by a social-realist group of artists, who recently did murals depicting the pork barrel scandal, the press release also said.
They are Rafael Burdeos, Jolen Resuma, Rodel Rojo, Samuel Alabado, Jude Jakosalem, Glenn Mecha, Stephen Basoy, Reyman Jude Rubin, Primo de la Cruz, Revo Yanson, Brother Tagoy, PG Zoluaga, Nunelucio Alvarado, Larry Guillema, Dexter Junsay and Julius Mariveles.
Proceeds of the exhibit, that will run until December 17, will be for the benefit of the Art Association of Capiz, whose members are victims of super-typhoon “Yolanda”, the press release said.
Meanwhile, an art exhibit for-a-cause will be held Saturday at the Magnificat Hall of St. Vincent’s Home in Brgy. Tangub, Bacolod City, a press release from promoters said.
It will showcase the work of several local artists Tess Dela and Sr. Asuncion Evidente, and Manila-based artist Arnel Brillantes, in water color, acrylic and oil paints.
Asuncion, the SVH sister administrator, said proceeds will go to survivors of Yolanda in Negros Occidental. Those interested may contact her at 432-0011, the press release added.*
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SIFI holds 140th
The Sugar Industry Foundation Inc. held its 140th medical and dental mission that benefited 331 sugar workers, small planters and their families in Brgy. Tanza, E.B. Magalona town, Negros Occidental, recently, it said in a press release.
Doctors Milagros Amarra, Terry Gasataya, Cheryl Tampus, and Dan Dueñas, and dentist Judith Fernandez served 306 residents, who availed of free medical consultations and medicines, and 25 who had dental extractions, the press release said.
About 200 children and some adults were also served with dehydrated vegetable soup mix, donated by the Ontario Christian Gleaners from Canada and Loving Rose Mission Philippines, during the outreach supported by the Silay-Saravia Inc., Tanza barangay officials and health workers, the Tanza Elementary School, and the E.B. Magalona government, the press release also said.
The SIFI mission to outlying sugar farms is part of its thrust to provide medical and dental services and health education to sugar workers and their families, the press release added.*
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