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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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City mass wedding Monday

About 250 couples have confirmed to join the mass wedding to be officiated by acting Bacolod Mayor Greg Gasataya at 3 p.m. on Monday at the Bacolod, Youth and Sports Center in Bacolod City.

Gasataya said yesterday that he is grateful to the people who committed to assist the city in making the mass wedding successful.

Several groups from the private sector have signified that they want to be part of the occasion. He said he is happy that many came out to help since the city is operating on a reinacted budget and has many limitations.

Suspended Mayor Monico Puentevella, had earlier said that he will hold another mass wedding on February 28 at the BAYS Center when he returns to City Hall after having served the 90-day preventive suspension meted him by the Sandiganbayan in relation to his involvement in the questionable purchase of alleged overpriced IT computer packages amounting to P26 million when he was yet congressman of Bacolod.

Puentevella said the February 28 mass wedding was suggested by some barangay officials in the city and he had no intention of interfering with the one scheduled by Gasataya.

Last year, Puentevella wedded about 214 couples in a mass wedding also at the BAYS Center.

Gasataya said he has no problem if Puentevella plans to hold a similar activity. The more the merrier, he said.

The mass wedding is in line with the celebration of the Civil Registry Month and was made as an annual event of the City every February of each year with the passage of a City Ordinance. It is intended for indigent couples of the city aged 23 and above.*CGS

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SJI students win in
10th Sudoku super challenge

Natalia Beatrice Dy of St. John's Institute in Bacolod City won as first runner-up in the Grandmaster division in the national finals of the 10th Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge held at Skydome of the SM City North EDSA Saturday, a press release said.

She won P40,000 in the contest, organized by SM Supermalls and the Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines, that drew 4,500 contestants in the regional eliminations held in various SM malls in the country, MTG founding president Simon Chua said in the press release.

Another SJI student, Robert Frederick Uy, was second runner-up in the Whiz Kid division for elementary students, and won P5,000.

Other winners were Candice Renee Beatrice Solidarios, of the University of the Philippines Rural High School, who beat 37 other national finalists in the Grandmaster division to win P60,000; Joel Edward Cardinal, University of the Philippines Diliman, second runner-up, P20,000; Ralph Joshua Sarrosa, third runner-up; and Gerrick Spencer Limsiy of Grace Christian College, fourth runner-up.

In the Wizard division for high school students, the winners were Errol John Suarez of Aquinas University, champion, who won P50,000; Jonathan Conrad Yu, Philippine Christian Gospel School, first runner-up, P30,000; John Joseph Gabata, Dr. Yang's Colleges Inc., second runner-up, P20,000; Vicente Raphael Chan, Zamboanga Chong Hua High School, third runner-up; and Guinevere Soria, Philippine Science High School-Davao, fourth runner-up, the press release said.

Grade 6 student Christian Bayas of Akle Elementary School won P20,000 as champion in the Whiz Kid division for elementary students; Kayla Andrea Adlaon, International School for Better Beginnings, first runner-up, P10,000; Frederick de Guzman, Little Angel Study Center, third runner-up; and Kristine Marie Carpio; fourth runner-up.*

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PEMO head gets award

Negros Occidental Provincial Environment Management Office head, Wilfred Ramon Pen~alosa, received the “Bayanihan sa Daan” award for organizing the first road-sharing meeting Nov. 2015, at Kalayaan Hall in Malacañan Palace Friday.

Pen~alosa was commended for organizing the first road-sharing meeting held in Bacolod City, and the first multi-town bike ride that was participated in by 1,000 cyclists in November.

The event was in collaboration with the Office of the President, through the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Office of Senator Loren Legarda, together with the Washington DC-based Institute of Governance and Sustainable Development, and the Center for International Environmental Law.

The “ Bayanihan sa Daan” share-the-road campaign, launched Nov. 27, 2014, is a movement of Filipinos, headed by Ramon Magsaysay awardee and renowned environmental lawyer Antonio Oposa Jr .*KBC

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