Mini PopeThe mini popes at the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City yesterday in front of a standee of Pope Francis and Fr. Felix Pasquin.* (Andy Alvarez photo)

It’s a new beginning,
Negros bishop says

San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza yesterday said the visit of Pope Francis ushers in “a new beginning, a new Pentecost” in the Philippine Catholic Church.

“He showed us all to be joyful messengers of the Gospel,” Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra said.

Kabankalan Bishop Patricio Buzon said, “As in Tacloban, the Pope also braved the rain and the wind at UST (University of Santo Tomas) and Luneta (yesterday). He is just unstoppable as are the Pinoys! Indeed love knows no bounds. And his love we all deeply felt. I often found myself in tears just watching his popemobile weave among the crowd.”.moremoremore

‘Extremely awesome’

Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia, his wife Elsa, and daughter Kara joined thousands of Filipinos at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena during Pope Francis' "Encounter with Families" Friday, a press release from his office said yesterday.

"Pope Francis is just extremely awesome," Leonardia said, in describing the beloved pontiff who has earned the title, "The People's Pope."

"The mere sight of Pope Francis is something that is so inexplicably divine," the solon added.moremoremore

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Silliman proposes
‘One-Negros RDC’


Silliman University professors, through its research department, and the SU College of Law, proposed a “Just One-Negros Regional Development Council” in lieu of the One Negros Island concept.

SU Research and Development Center director, Dr. Enrique Oracion, and SU Law Dean Mikail Maxino, in a radio interview, promised to support and coordinate with local stakeholders in order to focus on “Just One-Negros RDC”.

The proponents said having a one-RDC for Negros Island means unity that focuses on infrastructure developments to the whole Negros Island, from roads and bridges, to highways and tourism sites, from socio-economic growth to education and local governance.moremoremore