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Bago celebrates
47th Charter anniversary

The 47th Charter anniversary of Bago City, Negros Occidental, will start today, with a series of activities for the week, on the theme “Sustaining the Culture of Excellence beyond Awards”.

The opening of the annual agro-industrial cultural and educational fair, participated in by the 24 barangays, will be held today at the Bantayan Park. Other Day 1 activities are the Foundation Day celebration of the Brookside Garden Academy, and the Barangay Kapamilya variety show of ABS-CBN with celebrity artist Bryan Termulo, also at the Bantayan Park, to be capped by a grand fireworks display, a press release from the city said.

On Friday, the Employees Day at the City Coliseum will start with a thanksgiving mass at St. John the Baptist Church and a motorcade at the city proper. The event will showcase the talents of Bago City employees, with comedians Chokoleit and Kitkat to entertain the crowd; while the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation will sponsor the SK Night, 8 p.m. also at the coliseum, and the inter-school hip hop dance showdown will be held simultaneously at Bantayan Park.

On Saturday, the Soroptimist International Metro Bago will sponsor a cooking showdown at Bantayan Park, 1:30 p.m.; GMA Kapuso star TJ Trinidad will serenade the teachers, 2 p.m. during the DepEd “Harvest of Excellence” program at the Coliseum; Erik Santos and Karylle will have a post-Valentine concert-for-a-cause, 8 p.m.; and the search for Mr. Most Muscular 2013, 8 p.m. at the Bantayan Park, the press release said.

The Babaylan Festival street dance and arena competition, and the coronation of the Diwata sang Bago will highlight the celebration on Sunday, along with the mountain bike challenge and best product search; while on Monday, the City will pay tribute to outstanding residents at the “Gawad Bagonhon” awarding rites at the coliseum.

Other activities on Feb. 18 are the playground demonstration of the Ramon Torres National High School, dog walk and exhibition, dance showdown, Kapuso Fiesta with TV stars Mark Herras, Kris Bernal and singing trio La Diva, and a street party.

The highlight on Feb. 19, will start with a Diana then a thanksgiving mass at St. John the Baptist Church; grand parade at 8:30 a.m., the Farmers Day at Bantayan Park, awarding rites for all competitions, 4 p.m., also at the park, SMB Party, 8 p.m.; and the grand fireworks display to cap the 47th Charter anniversary, the press release also said.

Mayor Ramon Torres is inviting everyone to visit Bago City and join the revelry, the press release added.*

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Bacolod included in
‘Biggest Painting in the World’

Bacolod City is included in the “Biggest Painting in the World 2016” project of a Japan-based non-profit organization, and 400 pupils from the city’s public and private schools will participate in the painting at the Bacolod Government Center today.

Japan’s Earth Identity Project organizers are led by Kyoko Nishimoto and Eleanor Fukuda, who said that they decided to include the children of Bacolod in recognition of the consistent performance of the city in the search for the Most Business Friendly City in the Philippines for many years now, a press release from City Hall said.

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said he is elated by this development. “It is really an honor for Bacoleños that being a consistent Most Business Friendly City in the Visayas awardee and a finalist in the national search for the same award for many years has now given 400 of our pupils the opportunity to be part of this world record setting event," he added.

The children will paint on canvasses to be provided by the organizers and their work will later be joined with the work of other children from all over the world. The "biggest painting" will then be presented at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the press release also said.

The painting will eventually be preserved in a capsule as a gift to the future generation.

The activity is also in collaboration with the City Tourism Office, LOOOP and Kokonats, the press release added.*

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Magsaysay attends
La Sallian forum

The La Sallian Community of Bacolod, in coordination with the USLS Alumni Association, recently sponsored a breakfast forum for former Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr. at the Chalet of the L'Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City.

In his speech, Magsaysay said that, inviting more businesses to invest in the countryside is his main objective. He also said that to attract more investments, businessmen should have the key ingredients of a good business where there is honesty, trust and integrity. He recalled the days when business deals were done by a gentlemen’s agreement via handshakes and a one-page contract setting only the terms and conditions.

The event was hosted by Adworld president Glenn Gatuslao, and Jocel Batapa-Sigue introduced Magsaysay. Among the Alumni present were former Rep. Monico Puentebella and his son Claud, former Councilor Jun Gamboa, USLSAA Alumni Relations director Cugie Loarca, Franklin Fuentebella, Andrew Regalado, Louie and Dolly Gatuslao with son Gary, Ed Coscolluela, Councilor Carl Lopez, Greg and Julie Dizon and Raymund Fuentes.

The event closed with the La Sallians cheer of “Animo La Salle!,” and a birthday song, led by Glenn Gatuslao for his classmate, Magsaysay’s eldest son, Paco.*

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Blood donation set Feb 22

GMA Network will hold a bloodletting activity on the theme “Donate Blood. Save Lives”, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 22 at the Bacolod City College main campus in Brgy. Taculing, Bacolod, a press release from the station said.

The event is in line with the nationwide simultaneous activity, and will be spearheaded by station head Cristina Poblador–Magbojos of GMA TV 13 and 30 Western Visayas, and Events and Promo coordinator Rutha Rojo.

It is in cooperation with the Bacolod City College NSTP Program, Student Government Council, faculty and staff headed by college administrator Ma. Johanna Ann Bayoneta; the Philippine Red Cross Bacolod Chapter; Negros Press Club, CRAVE Digital Advertising, JCI Bacolod, Bacolod City Sampaguita Lions Club, Bacolod City Police Office, 303rd Infantry Brigade, Chamber and Amity volunteer fire brigades, and the FGY Foundation Inc., the press release also said.

The station is also the media partner of the 4th Bacolod Jazz Festival that will be held 6 p.m. tomorrow at the La Proa Ballroom of L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City, the press release said.

Bobby Coscolluela, Jazz Society of Negros president, and Poblador-Magbojos recently inked the partnership agreement for the event that aims to promote jazz appreciation in Negros, support Filipino musicians, and develop new and younger audiences.

It will feature the country's top jazz artists, like the father and daughter tandem of Clara Benin and former Side A member Joey Benin, Bacolod-based band “The West Boarders”, and Manila's top jazz/fusion groups “Better Than Sax” and “Balooze”, the press release also said.

Highlighting the show will be Lucy Santibanez's collaborations with the Manila bands, guitarist Riki Gonzales and keyboard wiz Henry Katindig of “Balooze”, and multi-instrumentalists Wowee Posadas and Raul Banzon and vocalist Oggie Benipayo.

For tickets and inquiries, those interested may call the L’Fisher Hotel at 433 3731, or the GMA at (034) 434-6254 and 434-6528, the press release added.*

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People & Events
Bacolod included in ‘Biggest Painting in the World’
Magsaysay attends La Sallian forum
Blood donation set Feb 22

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