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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, September 22, 2014
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Stuart launches
‘Christmas Spirit 24/7’

British TV documentary filmmaker Hazel Stuart, a former Bacolod resident, celebrated the launch of her 75th film on the Philippines at a reception in Bacolod City Friday, a press release said.

Stuart's latest production titled "Christmas Spirit 24/7", captures the many unsung heroes in the Philippines, who demonstrate the true Christmas spirit of giving every day; not just at Christmastide.

With music by Joe Mari Chan and his family, the film features the generous hearts of people like American pastor Joseph Rosmarino, who, with his wife, Billie, runs Calvary Home in Barangay Handumanan, Bacolod City, that cares for more than 150 children. “No child is ever turned away,” Rosmarino said.

American pastor, Todd Caplinger and his wife Catherine, who run a mission and church in Salvador Benedicto, and help indigents with numerous livelihood projects, are also featured.

Joe Mari Chan's sister, Nene, and her son, Micco, with their "One Meal" program for children are in the film, too.

Stuart has dedicated the film to her late husband, American David Stuart, who grew up in Iloilo. His father was the first president of Central Philippine University.

The Stuarts moved to Iloilo in 1998 from the US where they worked as consultants to CPU's Media Center. They set about making films about the many fascinating aspects of their adopted country.

Their productions, under the theme "A grain of sand", have won worldwide acclaim, winning numerous awards and being shown on TV stations throughout the Philippines, in Asia and in the US.

Stuart moved to Bacolod in 2008 and returned to live in Iloilo in January this year, the press release added.*

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MassKara Madness
set at Mushu

Music, art and good food are essential to the MassKara Festival, and Mushu Asian Restaurant and Lounge is set to bring out the best of all these and more, its press release said.

Mushu will celebrate its 7th year of amazing culinary tradition, with the hottest in entertainment and parties, on October 16-19, the press release also said.

October 16 is throwback Thursday, with the classic hits of the 80s, 90s and 00s featuring disc jockeys Jon Tupaz, Martin Porta and Leandro Zayco; while October 17-18 will highlight the Terno Records best bands, Yolanda Moon, Up Dharma Down, The Ringmaster, Hidden Nikki, Pulso and Maude, with music and spectacle that will leave everyone partying until dawn.

DJs Bobby Cordova, Philippe Servando and Anton Gacuma will also be featured following the band performances each night. October 19 will be “Recovery Sunday” with exciting music mixes, with International DJ Chris Carter from Switzerland, and local DJs Eric Gella and Gacuma.

The musical programming will span the classical, jazz, new wave, Brazilian folk and jazz fusion, reggae, new world and contemporary pop, with special promos and surprises from event partners, the press release also said.

For ticket reservations and event updates, those interested may contact Mushu at (034) 435-0972 or 0922-8606952, the press release added.*

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Tourism week kicks off

Binalbagan town led by Mayor Emmanuel Aranda will kick off Tourism Week 2014 on the theme "Tourism and Community. Development" today and will last until September 26, its press release said.

A caravan and the opening of the Tourism Trade Fair and Exhibits in front of the Hometown Pension that will be participated in by educational institutions in municipality is set today.

A Zumba Party will ignite the spirit of health enthusiasts in Binalbagan at the Public Plaza tomorrow, the press release said.

An amateur drawing contest is open to different high school students at the Municipal Hall Wednesday.

A feeding program will be held at Isla Nabuswang, one of the eco-tourism sites in the municipality on Thursday, and the highlight of the event is Let's go, Let's Run, Fun Run, starting at 5 a.m. on Sept. 26, and finishing at the public plaza, the press release added.

The week events will close with the Binalbagan Folkloric Ensemble presentation, hours before the opening of the Friday Night Celebration at the Binalbagan Public Plaza that residents and visitors will enjoy, the press release also said.*

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EB Magalona
flower-planting held

A flower-planting activity highlighted the celebration of Civil Service Month in EB Magalona, Negros Occidental recently, a press release from the town said.

All municipal employees were urged to participate in the planting of Yellow Bells at the municipal compound to beautify the surrounding, and let everyone appreciate nature’s beauty through flowers, Human Resource officer Eva Dongon said.

A CSC fun run and zumba fitness dance were also held, the press release added.*

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People & Events
MassKara Madness set at Mushu
Tourism week kicks off
EB Magalona flower-planting held

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