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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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Center for special
kids starts operating

A center for the education of special children, including those who have autism, cerebral palsy and hearing impairment, among others, is now operational at the E.B. Magalona Elementary School in Negros Occidental.

Public School District supervisor Angeles Poniado-Verdeprado, who had pushed for the education of special children while she was still the principal of EB Magalona ES, said the center caters to about 40 special children from various barangays of the town.

The SPED Center was launched Jan. 5, after months of preparation that included the listing and mapping of special children, and orientation of teachers and other stakeholders, EBMES principal Rowena Pavillar-Bulfa said.

During the program launching, the parents expressed their appreciation to the prime movers of the program, stressing that there is now a center for their special children, many of whom have not attended school, while some have stopped schooling because they find it hard to commute to, and from Victorias City or Silay City, the nearest local government units which have SPED centers.

The program is supported by the municipal government of E.B. Magalona, headed by Mayor Marvin Malacon, which pays for the salaries of SPED teachers Freeda Mae Belonio, Christine Gallego, Rose Mae Dinaga and Jiji Mae Robles.

The Division Office of the Department of Education provides technical assistance, while EBMES provides the classroom and other facilities for the special children.

Bulfa said the Riverside College Physical Therapy Department also assured support to the program by making the EBMES SPED Center a part of their outreach.

The caravan and launching was also participated in by representatives of the Department of Education-Division of Negros Occidental, including Leah Rosal, chief of the curriculum instruction division, SPED coordinator Mary Erlis Doria, Education Program supervisors Ma. Theresa Mijares (math) and Raul Dinaga (Learning Resource Management and Development System), Bulfa and Verdeprado, as well as SPED center teachers.

Malacon, Vice Mayor Rob Acaling, councilors Joey Pugales, Jun Gomed, Reylan Gamboa Sr., and Jovie Madayag, barangay captains Leah Belleza-Beri and Rio Jemella, and principals or heads of various schools in the district were also present.*GPB


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Bacolod students
win in reg'l contest

Two high school students from Bacolod City recently won second place in the regional population quiz and on-the-spot skills exhibitions, a press release said.

The contest was conducted by the Department of Education-Negros Island Region and the Commission on Population-NIR in Dumaguete City.

Ernie Asoy, officer-in-charge of the Bacolod City Population Office, who accompanied the group, said the winners were Andreian Dasas, a student of the Domingo Lacson National High School and coached by Celeste Valderrama, second place in the poster-making contest; and Lovely Jamezen Berbano of Handumanan National High School and coached by May Peracullo, second place in the jingle writing contest.

The other participants were Therese Mae Dedoroy of Sum-ag National High School and Paul Oliver Sidayon of Bacolod City National High School, the press release added.*


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Bishop enjoins worship
of relics of couple-saint

Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon called on communities, parishes, and chaplaincies to actively participate, welcome and venerate the relics of the first couple-saint, Louis and Zelie Martin, that are expected to arrive on January 15, a press release said.

In his first circular letter for the year, read during the Sunday masses in all churches of the diocese, Buzon said “we are fortunate that the Bacolod Diocese is one of the chosen few in the country to be visited by the relics of the parents of St. Therese of the Child Jesus.”

“What an opportune time that in this period, when the family is under siege because of relativism, secularism, materialism and even hedonism, God has graced us with the canonization of Saints Louis and Zelie Martin,” he said.

The circular letter added that their lives as husband and wife and parents are exemplary founded on the life of the Holy Family which today could serve as a role model for married couples and those who plan to get into the state of married life in raising a Christian family, the press release said.

The reliquary, containing part of the mortal remains of the couple, will be turned over on January 15, by the Diocese of San Carlos to the Diocese of Bacolod in simple rites, to be held at St. Roche Parish Church of Manapla town, the boundary of both dioceses. A caravan will transport the reliquary from Manapla to Carmelite Monastery in Bacolod City, where a mass shall be celebrated by Buzon.

“It might be helpful to catechize our communities and parishioners for a deeper understanding and devotion. Let us take this opportunity to learn and reflect on the life of these two saints who, in their simple way, had responded to the call of God to raise a Christian family and be an antidote to the poison that threatens the families today,” Buzon added.

Louis and Zelie Martin were the first married couple with children canonized as saints in the history of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis led the canonization rites in Rome on October 18, 2015 after the miraculous cure of little Carmen Perez Pons from complications brought about by premature birth, such as respiratory distress, double sepsis, and serious cerebral hemorrhage.

The relics will be transferred to the San Sebastian Cathedral at 3:30 p.m. on January 16 and will stay there until after the 6 a.m. sendoff mass January 17, to be presided over by Bishop Emeritus Vicente Navarra, the press release said.

The Philippine Air Force shall airlift the reliquary back to Manila to complete the scheduled visits to various dioceses in Luzon, before its return to France on February 28, the press release added.*


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VMA shines in
NIR game festival

Students from VMA Global College and Training Centers Inc. won second runner-up in the Women Encoding Development Conference Workshop during the first Negros Island Game Festival held at the SMX in Bacolod City recently, its press release said.

The VMAGCTC Bachelor of Science in Information Technology students, who bagged the prize, were Precious Mae Abulacion (BSIT3), Maricel Cadalzo (Grade 11), Quenie Dimatula (BSIT3), Erlah Jabian (BSIT 3), Carl Michael Liboon (BSIT 2), and Gerrie Mae Ramos (BSIT 2).

The VMAGCTC BSIT students have distinguished themselves in the challenge of apprising and enriching the minds of the youth in the prevention of cyber bullying and trafficking, and in giving support to the victims of such crimes, the press release said.

VMAGCTC president John Orola congratulated the students. “You have shown to the world that VMAGC students are among the best in Negros Island…”

Meanwhile, the Big Boys of VMAGCTC gathered at the Gymnasium and Event Center recently for their first grand reunion, organized by officers and members of the Society of VMA Graduates, led by its president, Capt. Leonil Valencia.

The gathering started with a mass. After which, Valencia welcomed his peers and colleagues, and led the one-minute of silence in memory of those among them who had passed away, the press release said.

The reunion paved the way for a higher engagement of alumni in the affairs of VMAGCTC and ushered in more and grander reunions in the years to come, the press release added.*

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People & Events
Bacolod students win in reg'l contest
Bishop enjoins worship of relics of couple-saint
VMA shines in NIR game festival

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