January 21, 2021

What fruits can we reap after 500 years?

I am referring to the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines, the preparation for the celebration of its anniversary the Archdiocese of Cebu, in particular, is now in its final sprint. It is definitely a complex question to answer.


Save our people, Lord!

By the time you get to read this, the United States will already have a new president. Donald Trump will have folded up his tent, figuratively, and departed from the White House, the American seat of power. Well, he had


Innovative partnerships

The Asian Development Bank urged developing member countries to explore innovative partnerships to fund crucial infrastructure projects at a time when government resources are challenged by pandemic response. ADB advisor Yesim Elhan-Kayalar of the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department


Capitol eyes legal action vs. 5 Negrenses from UK

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The possible filing of legal action against five returning overseas Filipinos from Negros, who allegedly hid information that they came from United Kingdom, where a new variant of Covid-19 has been discovered, before going home to


Tourist arrivals down 85%

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Tourist arrivals in Negros Occidental, excluding Bacolod City, dropped 85 percent last year than that of 2019 due to the ongoing pandemic. In 2019, there were 858,995 tourists who stayed in various accommodation facilities in


‘Avail of DOT cash assistance’

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson ordered Provincial Tourism Officer Jennylind Cordero yesterday to start accepting applicants for the P5,000 financial assistance from the Department of Tourism for displaced workers in the tourism industry. Lacson said that, of


City open to proposals for tourism industry

The city government of Bacolod is open to any proposal that can help the local tourism industry recover from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said during the Tourism Stakeholders’ Meeting, organized by the Department of Tourism,


New chiefs for Hinigaran PNP, PMFC

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The Hinigaran Police Station and the 2nd Negros Occidental Provincial Mobile Force Company have new commanders, effective yesterday. P/Maj. Jake Barila is back as officer-in-charge of the Hinigaran Police Station, replacing Maj. John Ganzon. P/Lt. Col.


Vaccine deal finalized in 2 weeks, Galvez says

National Policy Against Covid-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said yesterday the government expects to finalize the supply agreements with pharmaceutical companies by “end of January or first week of February”. “We expect that upon learning

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Punta Bulata revisited

After a long hiatus of two years, I treated myself to a three-day retreat at my favorite resort spa in Negros Island. Having survived a year of quarantine and self-isolation, a well-deserved sun and sea holiday proved to be the

Frozen meat seized in Cadiz

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN About 350 kilos of frozen food and meat products were seized by the Veterinary Office and the police during an operation in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, for lack of documents and mishandling of products, City Veterinarian

Doc warns vs. mass gatherings

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III What transpired in Cebu province where the coronavirus mutated is likely to happen in Bacolod City if mass gatherings are not stopped. This was stressed by Dr. Chris Sorongon, deputy for medical and data analysis

Buy biomedical refrigerators, LGUs urged

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Negros Occidental Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, encouraged yesterday local government units, especially the cities, to purchase biomedical refrigerators for the vaccines that are coming. Tumimbang also called on LGUs to identify the vaccination sites,

1-year-old boy dies of dengue

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III       Dengue hemorrhagic fever claimed the life of a one-year-old boy from Brgy. Sum-ag, Bacolod, the first ever recorded casualty of the disease this year, acting City Health Officer, Dr. Edwin Miraflor, told the DAILY STAR