‘Tree of Hope' lighted
As the holiday season starts, a tree of hope was lighted in one of the premier hotels in Bacolod City Saturday, to raise funds for underprivileged children.
City Administrator John Orola and Delia Ciocon-Granada led the lighting ceremony of the Christmas Tree of Hope of L'Fisher Hotel.
The 20-foot winter wonderland themed Christmas tree will be lighted up during the whole month of December and its Christmas balls will be for sale, as part of the fundraising activity of the hotel.
The Christmas balls will be for sale at P100 each and the guests who will buy them could write their Christmas message and hang it together with the ball.
The beneficiary of the fundraising event is Virlanie Foundation Inc., that has been helping vulnerable and at-risk children at the Social Development Center in Bacolod City for almost six years now.
L'Fisher chief executive officer Marides Ciocon-Mapa said the event is the hotel's corporate social responsibility to help the less fortunate and an opportunity for their guests to also share what they have.
Virlanie program director Sara Vial said that the donations from this fundraising activity will go to the whole year program of the foundation for the children.
“We have been helping the children in conflict with the law and at-risk housed at the SDC, and the proceeds will be directed for activities for them,” Vial said.
Education, skills training development, and sports development are among the programs of Virlanie at SDC, and they also plan to expand it to “transform their hearts”, she added.
The foundation, which was created by a group of French nationals 25 years ago, has already helped about 17,000 children in the country, Vial said.
A capoeira performance of the Virlanie Foundation beneficiaries and singing of Christmas songs, led by the Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod chorale, were also held during the lighting ceremony.
L'Fisher also launched their C's by Night, and the coffee shop will serve European dishes from 6-11 p.m. * MLG
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“Grupo Hataw sang Dyes” of Barangay 10 was the champion in the grand finals of the 1 st Gwapo ZoomBacolod dance fitness competition held at the UNO-R Amphitheater in Bacolod City Saturday.
The group bested 14 other contestants and won P50,000 in cash, trophy, a certificate of recognition, and a gift certificate to Campuestohan Highland Resort.
“The Magnificent Squad” of Brgy. 6 was first runner-up and won P30,000 in cash; “Team Unkabogable” of Brgy. 35 was second runner-up and won P20,000 in cash; and “Asenso Silay Zumba Group” of Silay City was third runner-up, with P10,000 in cash.
All winners also received trophies and certificates of recognition.
The judges included dance diva/actress Regine Tolentino, Bennie Almonte “The Retromaster”, and Christo Cruz.
Councilor Ricardo Tan said he was inspired by the strong support of the people of Bacolod and all the participants, who gave their very best. The judges had a hard time choosing the winners because everyone performed well.
“Next year, we will have a bigger and more exciting event. We will be inviting more participants from other cities and municipalities in Negros Occidental, including Bacolod,” he said.*CGS
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dance, art contests up
The 13 th BacoLaodiat Festival, set on February 15-18, 2018, is calling on all interested dance groups, with a minimum of 25 members, to join an audition on December 9, at the Yong Tho Taoist Temple for the lantern street dance competition, its press release said.
Dance groups may come from private and public schools, barangays, cities or municipalities in the province.
Out of the participating dance groups, 10 will be selected as official entries to the 2018 lantern street dance competition.
Meanwhile, artists and art groups are also invited to join the Fu Dog and Chinese lantern installation art contest.
Registration is open from December 11 to January 12, 2018, and the registration forms are available at the BacoLaodiat office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday.
The first eight participants to register will be considered the official entries.
For more details, those interested may visit the BacoLaodiat Festival website at www.bacolaodiat.com , or its Facebook page, or contact the BacoLaodiat Festival Secretariat at 0995-9279186 (Globe) or 0939-7200370 (Smart), the press release added.*
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Scholarship produces professionals
The Negros Occidental Scholarship Program has already produced professionals, among them physicians, veterinarians, engineers, and teachers, a government press release said.
At the regular meeting of the Negros Association of Government Information Officers, NOSP head Karen Dinsay said four medical doctors, 10 engineers, and recently 17 new teachers are among the products of the scholarship program.
She said 200 scholars are admitted each year to the scholarship program, which is intended for the poorest of the poor children of farmers, sugarcane workers, and fisherfolk.
At present, the NOSP has about 455 scholars, the press release said.
She said the office is also facilitating 11 scholars bound for Australia for a two-year culinary course on a study now, pay later scheme.
The province will spend about P500,000 per year each student, which they will pay back when they are able to do so to make the program viable.
Ten scholars for Japan are also being facilitated and, for the first time, Grade 9 students will be sent to take general health and automotive courses.
Scholars are, however, required to take the basic Japanese course before they go to Japan and when already there, further take a Japanese language study to ensure employment and get higher pay, the press release said.
In March next year, the province, in partnership with the Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement, will start Nihongo classes.
Dinsay said Japan needs nurses, caregivers, and other skilled workers, the press release added.*
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