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VMC holds inter-school art tilt

Twenty pieces of artwork of elementary and secondary students in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, have been chosen for final judging in the first Victorias 2013 Inter-School Art Contest of the Victorias Milling Company, its press release said.

The artworks will be exhibited at the Negros Museum starting November 3, and the winning piece will be unveiled during the Awards Night on November 6. The contest was for students of Don Bosco Technical Institute, St. Mary Mazzarello School, and Victorias Milling Elementary School in Victorias and Manapla, the press release also said.

The art tilt, on the theme “Victorias: Bringing Pride to Negros”, was launched by VMC last month to promote Negrense arts and culture particularly among children in Victorias.

VMC executives will award scholarships to six finalists, and a computer showcase will be given to the school of the grand prize winner. The winning piece will also be featured in VMC's 2014 calendar and website, the press release added.*

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Spiritual seminar set Nov 8

A psycho-spiritual seminar on “Coping with Life's Challenges” will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 8 at the Magnificat Hall of St. Vincent's Home in Barangay Tangub, Bacolod City, a press release from organizers said.

Resource speaker will be Sr. Leticia Andrea Garcia. A registration fee of P200 will be collected from each participant. For more details and reservations, those interested may contact the Home at 432-0011, the press release added.*

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‘Diwali Fest to lure
in 50,000 visitors'

The Diwali Festival on Nov. 3 to 5 will be an added attraction to the tourism programs of Bacolod City and is estimated to bring in about 40,000 to 50,000 visitors to the city, festival chairman Haresh Chugani said.

The celebration, organized by the Filipino-Indian community, aims to follow the tradition of Bacolaodiat, a festival dedicated to the Chinese community of the city.

Chugani said this will be the first time that the people will celebrate Diwali with the Bacolod Indian community. He said this partly a religious festival where all Indian religious groups whether they be Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, among others celebrate together he said.

He said the festival is basically in honor of the Indian Goddess of wealth and prosperity, Lakshmi and characterized by the array of lights being a “Festival of Lights” that symbolizes the victory of righteousness by lifting the powers of darkness.

Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella said the city's support to the festival an acknowledgement of the contribution of the Indian's to the local economy which date back to the 1920's after World War I. The festival will once again catapult Bacolod City as the tourism capital of Western Visayas, he said.

Meanwhile, the Sangguniang Panlungsod unanimously passed on October 16 a resolution for the staging of the first Diwali Festival or “Festival of Lights” on November 3-5, upon the request of Chugani.

Councilor Sonia Verdeflor said that the council also approved the request for road closures from 6 th- Lacson streets to BS Aquino Drive (Ramos intersection) on November 4, starting at 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and on November 5 from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Other members of the Diwali Festival Committee are Diana Nandwani, Pushpa Tan, Prem Singh, Lara “Preeti” Gidwani, Kumar Amarnani, Ravinder Singh, Gurjant Sidhu, Taran Deol and Balraj Sekhon.*CGS

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‘Waxworks 9' last
performance tonight

The pre-Halloween interactive experience called “Waxworks 9: Ika Siyam” will hold its last performance 6:30 tonight at the Negros Museum in Bacolod City, its press release said.

The ninth installment of the play is organized by the Negros Museum and Tulong Kaalaman Senter, in cooperation with the Performance Laboratory Inc., and started October 19-20, October 25-26 and October 29, the press release also said.

Waxworks started in 2005, and features Philippine/Visayan/Negrense folklore and urban tales that are brought to life in the seven chambers, the press release also said.

Tickets are available at P100 and P70 for students with IDs. For more information and ticket reservations, those interested may contact the museum at (034) 433-4764 or e-mail negros_museum96@yahoo.com , the press release added.*

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Spiritual seminar set Nov 8
‘Diwali Fest to lure in 50,000 visitors'
‘Waxworks 9' last performance tonight

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