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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, March 20, 2017


When March comes, the educational institutions don their robes and confer where affirmation is due. When you are out of these hallowed halls, the affirmations you get are the betterment created by your work in the real world.

Once in a while, something like the USLS Communication Department comes up with an Ehemplo Award, conferred on a communications practitioner whose work is worth emulating. The first Ehemplo awardee is Domingo Barney Infante Molina, an artist, a mentor and a family man. He is a UP Business Economics graduate, who has extensive experience in the film industry and at the height of his show business career, came back to his home province of Negros where he believes he can contribute the most.

Molina has worked closely with Communication students of Bacolod and Iloilo, most especially in his Panawagan sang Kabataan project, the creation of 30-seconder values advertisements that put across the voice of the new generation in the interest of preserving the environment, an honest and clean election, disaster preparedness and the likes. Another of his pride, which is now on its 11 th year, is Quiz High which pits mind against mind, regardless of background, to surface confidence and pride among learners, highlighting the fact that education is, indeed, the greatest equalizer. Molina also elevated the quality of pageants in Bacolod and Panay in terms of highlighting the best of every candidate by sharing the humanity of each person, instead of objectifying women, all done with the use of good production values.

He is presently the Entertainment Regional TV head of ABS-CBN RNG Bacolod and, as such, has brought in 10 Golden Dove awards, three Golden Dove nominations, and two Catholic Mass Media awards in the course of two decades of production leadership. He has produced and directed more than 20 local shows, to include telemagazines, drama series, variety shows, quiz shows and television specials, to include the longest run for a TV variety show, the first Hiligaynon television drama series, and the most awarded festival specials in local television.

Molina worked with the cinema under the mentorship and direction of film director Peque Gallaga. He was assistant director, script supervisor, and production assistant in 12 full features under Regal Films, Seiko Films and Athena Productions. He has directed six commercials and was assistant director and crowd director in a total of 18 national and local TVCs. He had lengthy experience in national television as assistant director, script supervisor, and actor with eight national television shows to include Cebu and Boracay. He has stage experience as director and production staff in six major stage productions.

Molina was earlier shaped by the La Sallian Integrated School system and became a scholar of the 9th UP Cinema art film workshop and the 1985 Experimental Filmmaking Workshop of the German Cultural Center Goethe Institute, as well as the 1986 Mowelfund 16mm Experimental Filmmaking Workshop.

He has served the education system as faculty of the Mass Communication departments of both the University of St. La Salle and University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, mentoring as well, several batches of Bacolod Kapamilya production staff.*


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The evening was filled with excitement while Ceres-Negros Football Club was holding its second home match at the Pana-ad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City. Fans came in with flags, scarves, and shirts to support their home squad in an important match against Malaysia's Felda United. The stadium was almost in full capacity thirty minutes before kickoff in a sea of yellow. Fans were blowing their air horns with buses outside as the Cadiz Drumbeaters were banging on their rhythmic beats.

Before the start of the game, the players were introduced to the VIPs present in the stadium. First to be introduced was Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., followed by Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia. Last but not the least was Negros Occidental Football Association president Ricardo Yanson Jr. The pleasantries were done after and it was followed by the start of the match.

It was an entertaining match for the fans as it was an end-to-end action for both teams on the field. Ceres had its best effort when Manuel “Super” Herrera headed in the ball towards the Felda goal but he missed the target by a few feet. The visitors would get more of the chances in the first half but Ceres goalkeeper Roland Muller was there to keep them at bay. The first half ended with two teams at 0-0.

The second half proved to be an exciting part with the two teams trading shots in the first fifteen minutes. Kevin Ingreso would have two chances to score with his shots covered well by Felda keeper Farizal. Malaysian veteran player Norsharul would also try from a free kick but it didn't hit its mark.

Things went bad for Ceres near the 60th minute when Norsharul beat two Ceres defenders from the wing and was fouled after inside the box. The referee awarded the visitors with a penalty kick with Lucas Cano, Felda's Argentinean striker, stepping in to take the shot. The stadium was quiet after the referee's whistle but the crowd was alive to boo the penalty taker.

Cano ran towards the ball and shot to his left but Muller was there to tap the ball out to safety. The home crowd erupted to the glorious save of Muller as it felt like the team has scored a goal. The Ceres bench was jumping along with the thousands of fans in the stadium as rain trickled in.

The momentum would shift to Ceres in the final thirty minutes with the home team getting good chances. Spanish players Fernando Rodriguez and Bienvenido Maranon would get shots but the Felda keeper was there to control. Iain Ramsay tried to shoot from long range but his attempt was over the bar.

The fans were unfazed of the rain as the action was getting tougher and tougher as the game reached its final twenty minutes. Felda United would have a golden chance when ZahKrangar passed the ball to an open Cano, who shoots off target to the relief of the home crowd. OJ Porteria and Manny Ott would try their luck in the final minutes but it wasn't enough as the home team had to settle with a 0-0 draw. Roland Muller was declared as the man of the match after his heroics in saving the Felda Penalty.

It was another historic night for the home team as the match was attended by almost 9,000 fans inside the Panaad stadium. It was also mentioned by Ceres management that there was approximately 3,000 fans outside the stadium, watching from the viewing screens on both sides. Ceres will see action again on April 4 when they play Felda United in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia before going back home for their April 19 match in Bacolod City.*


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