Victorias coffee painter wins second int’l award

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Coffee painter Dennis Valenciano, from Victorias City in Negros Occidental, won his second international award in a recent coffee painting competition in Iran that was participated in by over 420 international artists worldwide. Valenciano was among


Reclusive exclusive

This is my third escape to Punta Bulata Resort & Spa in the past month! Whenever I feel the urge to just free myself from all the cares and woes that this global pandemic has imposed on my lifestyle, I


Art District transformed

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The pandemic failed to prevent local artists from unleashing their creativity that led to the transformation of the Art District in Barangay Mandalagan, Bacolod City, into another place of attraction in the city. Visual artist Charlie


My social bubble

It’s hard to believe that more than a year has passed since the pandemic has forced me to stay within the confines of my home here in Bacolod. I was supposed to have left for my other home in Paris,


Thanksgiving concert April 24

A thanksgiving concert to celebrate, honor, and make music, will be rendered by Negrense pianist Leonor Kilayko, 6 p.m. on April 24, at the Kilayko Sian residence in Talisay City, Negros Occidental. Her concert will include works by composers of


Eco-waste management orientation held at CHMSC

The eco-waste management team of Greening CHMSC Task Force, in collaboration with the Center for External Affairs and the Supreme Student Government of the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College, conducted a half-day orientation and training to a group of faculty


Art exhibits in Bacolod

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Twenty-one visual artists have an ongoing art exhibit at His Life Ministries event center at Sta. Clara Drive, Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod City until April 11. The show is organized by the Christian Artists National Various Arts


‘Pag-amlig’ tree-planting and camping

BY ROGER D. BELTRAN The first “Pag-amlig”, a tree-planting and camping activity, was held at the Fabricanus Village Café and Campsite in Sitio Old Fabrica, Brgy. Cabagna-an, La Castellana, Negros Occidental on April 1-2, and drew more than 50 participants.


Murcia celebrates Women’s Month

Murcia celebrated Women’s Month in March through a series of activities geared towards women empowerment, and highlighted by livelihood trainings. About 240 women from the 23 barangays of Murcia participated in and benefitted from the livelihood project undertaken by the


Mark Vargas and Ilog’s quarantine boys

Going back to Ilog SB Mark Vargas and his LGBTQ+ advocacy, he has devoted most of his time entertaining the town’s residents by conceptualizing the Kisi Kisi Festival where participants dress up in costumes representing the bountiful seafood that could

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Ceneco: Short-term extension only on Kepco power deal

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III “Short term extension only” was the reaction of newly-elected president Jojit Yap of the Central Negros Electric Cooperative Board, in reply to the appeal of Kepco-Salcon Power Corporation to extend its present agreement with Ceneco

82IB back in Visayas

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN After almost four years of assignment in Lanao del Sur, Mindanao, the 82nd Infantry Battalion of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division is back in the Visayas. The 82IB, that was deployed to Mindanao to help in

20K doses of Sinovac vaccine arriving

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III About 20,000 additional doses of the China-made Sinovac vaccine will be delivered to Bacolod City next week. Dr. Chris Sorongon, Emergency Operations Center deputy for medical and data analysis, said they will open more vaccination

More cash assistance for fire victims

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO About 61 families in Purok Neptune, Barangay Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City, who were affected by the April 26 fire, received additional cash assistance from the Negros Grace Pharmacy Tuesday. The fire destroyed 46 houses and damaged nine

Please DFA, Do something!

Has the COVID 19 not affected Israel and Palestine? All that we hear about those countries are about the conflict between them that has been causing  the death of their people, among them their young children. What has the United

Seminar-workshop, exhibits in Bacolod

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The Buglas Baybayin held a seminar-workshop on the topic “Kasaysayan ng Baybayin sa Filipinas, Kahalagahan Nito sa Panahon Ngayon at Pagsulat ng Baybayin Iskrips” at the Brainy Paintworks Gallery at 18th Street-San Agustin Drive, Bacolod City