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Bacolod City, PhilippinesTuesday, February 5, 2013

A whirlwind visit


Nurse Dolly Evidente Kochua, who is based in New Jersey City, USA, came home to attend the reunion of the College of Nursing of St. Paul in Iloilo City recently, where she and her classmates also witnessed the Dinagyang Festival, and even joined in the street-dancing revelry. Later, they visited the beaches and other tourist attractions of the city and nearby areas.

Then they decided to move on to Bacolod City and other places in Negros Occidental, stayed at Lina Lim’s place in Calumangan, Bago City, and visited the ever-popular Bacolod Government Center, since they said other balikbayans had told them not to miss visiting the seat of power of the City of Smiles. The group also visited the Mambukal Resort in Murcia and the Negros Showroom.

Fr. Rene Gaylon of the Divine Mercy Shrine officiated in the thanksgiving mass that the group attended together with the Our Ladies of Charity sisters, friends and guests.

It was a whirlwind visit to Negros Occidental and Bacolod, but the group went back to Iloilo with happy memories, especially of the mouth-watering seafood and the famous chicken inasal.


It was a very pleasant surprise for Mayor Bing and Elsa Leonardia when they were told early Friday morning that their daughter, Kara, now a faculty member of the St. Benilde College in Manila, was in a picture published by the Manila Bulletin.

It turned out that Kara was a member of the production staff of the film “Frere” on the life of St. John Baptist de la Salle that has been tagged as a “significant contribution to La Sallian education around the world.” The young Kara, who graduated only last year, was in charge of administration and finance of the production.

No wonder her papa and mama were all smiles that day. Congrats, Kara! And congrats to the proud parents, too.*

Remember: Our value is not measured in what we made of ourselves, but by the one who made us. Our only hope here below is help from God above.
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