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St. Vincent's offering
organic meals

Organic products and organic meals are available this weekend at the St. Vincent's Home for the Elderly in Brgy. Tangub, Bacolod City.

The three-day “Go Healthy, Go Organic, Help Granny” campaign, initiated by the Damas de la Caridad, hopes to raise funds for the benefit of the elderly, who stay at the St. Vincent's Home.

The organic products and organic meals are available at the newly-constructed Tree House at the entrance of the Home.

St. Vincent's Home for the Elderly is located near the old site of the

Bacolod City airport in Brgy. Tangub, Bacolod City.*

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Free hugs tonight

Bacoleños are encouraged to join the “Free Hugs” campaign 7:30 tonight at 5 th and Lacson streets, Bacolod City, a press release from promoters said.

The movement is now on in its fifth year in Bacolod, and is an event to celebrate with the MassKara at Lacson Street. It will be participated in by individuals from all walks of life, who will give hugs to festival goers along the tourism strip, the press release also said.

With the recent events like the earthquake in some parts of the Visayas, the storms that hit Luzon, and the insurgency in Mindanao that have affected the country, the “Free Hugs” campaign is their way of celebrating life and sharing their love to everyone, the press release added.

The social movement was started by an Australian, “alias Juan Mann”, on December 1, 2004 in the Pitt Street Mall in Sydney.

Participants in the free hug movement are urged to bring any posters or tarps regarding hugging like: “Free Hugs”, Let's Hug”, “Hug Me” and the like. Its official station partners Love Radio and Easy Rock will also provide a van and their disc jockeys will join the hugathon parade.*

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2,000 volunteers join
GK Bacolod Challenge

Around 2,000 volunteers joined the first Gawad Kalinga Challenge in Bacolod City recently, a press release from GK said.

Representatives from the youth sector, schools, local government units, barangay volunteers, nurses and interns, medtech, 303 rd Infantry (Brown Eagle) Brigade of the Philippine Army and other organizations joined the event, in collaboration with the Bacolod City government.

The activity was opened by Mayor Monico Puentevella at the Bacolod Government Center, where volunteers gathered before proceeding to their assigned sites to hold feeding, clean-up drive, tree growing and mangrove planting, medical mission, and school, gutter and cemetery painting activities, the press release also said.

A thousand children benefited from the children's birthday party, around 2,000 kids were recipients of the feeding program, and a hundred people availed of free medicines and services during the medical mission.

The walls of four schools, public cemetery wall at Burgos and the gutters along Lacson tourism strip were painted, and about 2,000 mangroves and 1,000 trees planted in several barangays, the press release also said. The clean-up campaign in public markets also took place, the press release said.

The GK Team and the city government thanked the volunteers and sponsors, and invited everyone to join the next challenge in 2014. GK is a nation-building movement using a template that prioritizes building homes and communities, grounded and sustained by a community development program, the press release added.*

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