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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, February 13, 2015
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Bacolod arts month on

Bacolod Arts Month 2015 opened yesterday at the Main Atrium of SM City Bacolod with the launching of several activities.

The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on History, Culture and the Arts, with Councilors Em Ang and Jocelle Batapa Sigue as chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, is spearheading this year’s celebration of Arts Month, on the theme: “USWAG: Inspiring Artists to Soar Higher.”

Ang said the theme is a fitting response to the National Arts Month's theme “Highlighting Local Cultures Genius to Promote Pride of Place" that aims to promote pride of place and cultivate local cultural genius.

Ang said that “In the national level, we have been celebrating the NAM every February since the signing of Presidential Proclamation 683 in 1991. In Bacolod, the Bacolod Arts Month celebration was institutionalized by the passage of the ordinance declaring the month of February as the Bacolod Arts Month authored by Batapa-Sigue.” .

This year's BAM launches public art versus vandalism through a community wall mural painting competition with a workshop on Feb 19 to 20, mural painting on Feb 21-25 and judging on Feb 25, she said

Ang said this year's Bacolod Arts Month celebration will be highlighted by "A Toast to Artists" on Feb 27.

The Bacolod Arts Council is still accepting nominees for the following fields: architecture and allied arts, cinema, dance, literature, music, theatre, and visual arts, she added.

Bacolod first lady Josefa Puentevella commended Ang and Batapa-Sigue for spearheading the activity. She said Bacolod City is teeming with artists and has many art associations which are overflowing with creativity.

Art Association of Bacolod-Negros vice president Joan Honoridez said they are bringing art to the public through mural paintings to counter vandalism.*CGS

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campus awards, photo tour

The Private Schools and School Administrators Association of the Philippines, led by its national president, Exequiel Guanzon, held the first national campus press awards and photo tour in Baguio City recently, a press release from the group said.

Students from Brightfields International Academy of Olongapo City, St. Dominic Montessori of Manila in Tondo, Eliakim Learning Center of Bacolod City, and Murcia Open Bible Christian Academy in Murcia, Negros Occidental, participated in the event.

The winners are, for news writing, Airis Abegail Serantes and Kristen Thea Lozada, both of Elikiam Learning Center, first and second place, respectively; and third, Katherine Nicole Panie of Murcia Open Bible Christian Academy. Serantes and Lozada also won first and second place, in the editorial writing, with Arlyne Catindig of St. Dominic Montessori of Manila, third. In the feature writing competition, Serantes won first place, Cygil Francine Geraldo, also of Eliakim Learning Center, second, and Verbie Guerzon – Brightfields International Academy, third, the press release also said.

In the photo tour open category, first place was Nikka Joy Atienza of Murcia Open Bible Christian Academy, Charisse Michaela Aria - Eliakim Learning Center, second, and Pauline Peñaflorida - St. Dominic Montessori of Manila, third. In photojournalism, Art Francis Oliva of Brightfields IA won the gold, Atienza - Murcia Open Bible Christian Academy, silver, and Stephanie Cagadas - Eliakim Learning Center, bronze.

Josanlo Caldera, president of the National Secondary School Paper Advisers’ Association, handled campus journalism lectures and workshops, and photojournalist Rodgen Jabor discussed photography and photojournalism, the press release also said.

School administrators and officers who attended the activity were Elmita Sutingco of St. Dominic Montessori School, Ellen Estares - Adamson University, Evelyn Salon - Eliakim Bacolod City, Rey Revuelto - Brightfields IA, national youth coordinator Nicfranz de los Reyes, auditor Rufel Batalleones and Vina Calsado, the press release also said.

The event ended with a tour of places in Baguio City and La Trinidad, Benguet, the press release added.*

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Guv swears in officers
of Negros Press Club

The incoming officers of the Negros Press Club, led by its president Dolores Epacta, took their oath of office before Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday at the Governor’s Office of the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City.

Other NPC officers who were sworn in yesterday include Chrysee Samillano – vice president, Stephanie Azucena-Tarre – secretary, Henry Cestina – treasurer, and Mae Singuay – auditor. Members of the Board are Mark Gabriel Salanga, Henry James Toga, Hernan Garciniego, Dolly Yasa, John Elmer Ubaldo, Rico Gantalao, Jose Lizael Lampinez, Elsie Jolingan and Angelino Julita Jr.

Carla Cañet is ex-officio.

Marañon yesterday told the club officers that the media is a very potent group that could help in the development of the province.

He requested them to project the province as a peaceful, progressive, friendly and investment-attractive place that has many facilities. Many come here to survey if they can relocate or invest here, including the expats, he said.

Marañon also appealed to the group to police their own ranks, during a call on him yesterday at his office.*

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