Brgy. Granada Barangay Granada once again dominated the MassKara Festival street and area dance competition in Bacolod City Saturday.* (Andy Alvarez photos)

Nietes keeps WBO crown,
makes Negrenses proud

There was no knockout in 12 rounds but the Philippines' longest reigning boxing world champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes made sure that his 8 th title defense fight and first battle in the United States against Mexican Juan Alejo was a resounding success.

The Murcia-born boxer kept his WBO junior flyweight crown and The Ring magazine's top ranking in his division yesterday after dominating the fight at the StubHub Center in Carson, California and getting a unanimous decision against Alejo, 120-108, 119-111 and 119-111.

His latest victory was hailed by his fellow Negrenses, including Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., who said that the boxer was a tough act, dominating the 12-round match and keeping the WBO crown in the last eight years, which he said is another record. moremoremore

Taxi driver dies,
3 hurt in collision

A taxi driver died, while three others sustained injuries in a triple collision of vehicles yesterday at the Bacolod Airport Access Road in Brgy Efigenio Lizares, Talisay City, Negros Occidental.

The Talisay police traffic section investigation showed that two of the vehicles, a Toyota Avanza and Nissan Urvan public utility, were trailing each other on the way to the Bacolod airport, when they were hit by a Toyota Hi-Lux pick-up vehicle, running in the opposite direction.

As a result, Randy Tora, 40, driver of the Toyota Avanza taxi, was declared dead on arrival at a hospital in Bacolod City. His two passengers, Jonathan Andaya and Michael Agustin, both employees of Globe Telecom, also sustained injuries. Both are now being treated at the Bacolod Adventist Medical Center. moremoremore


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3 vying for guv, two for VG

A three-cornered fight for the gubernatorial race is in store for the people of Negros Oriental, after a resident of Lopezville, Barangay Banga in Bayawan City, was able to beat the 5 p.m. deadline Friday and filed his certificate of candidacy for governor of the province.

Walter Rosario Gasendo, 41, filed his CoC as independent candidate before the provincial Commission on Elections in Dumaguete City about 4:50 p.m. October 16.

Gasendo wanted the word “Magdegamo” to appear on the official ballot, raising suspicion about his real intention.moremoremore