San Sebastian CathedralThe San Sebastian Cathedral has taken on a festive look as the faithful prepare to welcome Pope Francis to the Philippines today* (Andy Alvarez photo)

Negrenses all set
to welcome pope

Negrenses and Bacoleños, like Filipinos around the country, are staging various activities to welcome Pope Francis on his arrival at the Villamor Airbase at about 5:45 p.m. today from Sri Lanka.

Pope Francis will bring his message of “mercy and compassion” to at least 11 different venues in the province of Leyte and Metro Manila during his five-day Apostolic Visit to the Philippines.

Negros Occidental Acting Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday said he hopes the five-day visit to the Philippines of Pope Francis that starts today will further enrich the faith of Filipinos in God.moremoremore

Solon joining family
encounter with pontiff

Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia, his wife, Elsa, and daughter Kara will be among those scheduled to attend at the Pope’s “Encounter with Families” at 5:30 p.m. on Friday at the Arena, Mall of Asia in Manila.

“This is a rare privilege,” Leonardia said, “My family and I will bring with us the prayers of families in Bacolod when we gather for the Holy Father.”

Coming from one of the oldest Catholic families of the San Sebastian Diocese in Bacolod, Leonardia said meeting Pope Francis is a celebration of his family’s faith. “My parents, who brought us up in the Catholic faith, must be smiling at this opportunity given to us.” moremoremore

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DepEd NegOr allotted P34 million

The Provincial School Board allotted more than P34 million from the Special Education Fund for the Department of Education division of Negros Oriental, during a meeting presided over by Gov. Roel Degamo recently.

It also approved the repair and maintenance of school facilities, including the schools divisions in Canlaon, Guihulngan, Bais,Tanjay , Dumaguete and Bayawan.

About P5.9 million will be used for repair and maintenance, P5.5 million for construction of school buildings, P4.3 million for Palarong Pangrehiyon, and P1 million each for the Palarong Pambansa and Panlalawigan sports activities.moremoremore