Fire Firefighters had difficulty putting out the blaze because of narrow pathways in the area*
(Archie Alipalo photo)

Fire kills lola, 4 grandkids

A grandmother and her four grandchildren, she appeared to be shielding from the blaze, were killed in a fire that hit Purok Bulgan in Barangay Banago, Bacolod City, at about 10:01 a.m. yesterday.

The fire destroyed seven houses and damaged seven others, leaving 70 homeless, Pacita Tero, Department of Social Services and Development officer-in-charge, said.

The fatalities were identified as Norma Pido, 69, and her grandchildren Rasheel Gally, 11, Julina Channel Gally, 9, Jumar Hemsly Gally, 7, and Angel Katrina Pido, 13, by radio broadcaster Rommel Pido, a son of Norma, and uncle of the four children.moremoremore

Roxas invited to Panaad,
gets island region update

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, who has been invited by Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. to the Panaad sa Negros Festival, has asked for an update on the proposed Negros Island Region.

The festival will be held at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, April 13 to 19.

Marlin Sanogal, Negros Occidental Provincial Planning and Development Officer, said the governor invited Roxas to be the opening day speaker at the festival but there has been no confirmation yet on whether he is coming..moremoremore

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SU research confab held

The University Graduate Programs launched its first multidisciplinary research conference at the Cyber Lecture Hall of Silliman University in Dumaguete City recently, a press release from SU said.

Nine research papers by students and faculty members of Silliman and other universities in Dumaguete were submitted and the accepted entries went through a double-blind reference process, undertaken by three well-published experts, the press release also said.

Graduate Programs dean Reynaldo Rivera said the conference was a venue for sharing research works. Michele Joan Valbuena of the SU Psychology Department, and Rutchelle Enriquez of Leyte Normal University were invited to facilitate discussion on the presentations, the press release said..moremoremore