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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, November 9, 2018
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19th Adobo Festival
in Silay tomorrow

Tomorrow will be a day of food, culture, and the arts as local and foreign tourists are set to flock to Silay City for the 19th Adobo Festival activities.

Balay Negrense Museum supervisor Edsie Sazon-Valladarez said that from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., activities such as adobo cooking contests for students and food enthusiasts, cultural show, kitchen art, food booths and lectures, Filipino games, a fashion show, and acoustic band performance will be held.

Valladarez said they are promoting the Adobo Festival to let the people know that Negros or Silay City is not only known for heritage houses and eco-tourism, but also for food, a press release said.

“The Adobo Festival is being conducted, not just to provide tourism and attraction but a legacy that someday, young generation will consider adobo as a food for all,” she added.

The event is also held as a fund-raising to help maintain the Balay Negrense Museum, that relies heavily on entrance fees and the support of sponsors of various programs, like the Adobo Festival and the Summer Art Workshops.

The 9 a.m. opening program will be held at the Don Aguinaldo S. Gamboa Heritage Compound at corner Rizal and Sen. Locsin Streets, beside the St. Theresita’s Academy. The dance and music majors of the Doña Montserrat Lopez Memorial High School Special Program for the Arts will perform, while the San Diego Youth Parish Council will present the “Adobo Fiesta” zarzuela, the press release said.

After lunch, the Betty Bantug-Benitez Foundation will sponsor and facilitate Filipino games for children, former Silay tourism officer Ver Pacete will give a food lecture, to be followed by the “Filipiniana Trash” runway fashion show featuring the creation of the Entrepreneurial Eco-Artists of Negros Island. Set to perform after the fashion show are Rekindle, Quinta Shanel, the Monday Group Band, and Ukelele Negros.

The organizers have also invited the winning performers of the Kasaysayan Dance Drama competition and the Lin-ay sang Cinco de Noviembre, the press release said.

Valladarez said they are selling tickets at P150 each, that will entitle the bearer to a free tour of Balay Negrense Museum and a meal with two variants of winning adobo recipes of past festivals.

Guests can also just walk in and watch various contests and can buy a meal from participating booths.

The Adobo Festival is happening while Silay is hosting the International Rondalla Festival, and three days before the Patronal Feast of San Diego de Alcala, the press release added.*

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‘Arbol De Fuego’
staged reading set

A staged reading of “Arbol De Fuego”, written by Rody Vera, will be presented by the Performance Laboratory Inc. on November 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, and December 1, at 6:30 p.m., at the Pope John Paul II Diocesan Cultural Center, Sacred Heart Seminary, in Bacolod City.

The play is a dramedy adapted to the Negrense context by Vera from Anton Chekhov’s classic play “The Cherry Orchard”. It was then translated to Hiligaynon by the cast under the direction of Rene Hinojales, a press release from the group said.

“Arbol De Fuego” revolves around the decline of a landed wealthy family, and set during the Martial Law period in Talisay, Negros Occidental.

The cast line-up include Lovelle Bellocillo as Enriquietta, Charlene Mae Tupas as Charito, Leezo Dionzon as Nena, Nonilon Torpez as Nonoy Tiking, Noel Pahayupan as Pindot, Mandy Alimon as Mitoy, Milton Dionzon as Chitong, Louie Dormido as Manoy Iking, Gabriel Educado as Dante, Noel Morales as Kane, Mark Garcia as Caloy, Christine Concepcion as Nini, Vincent Escalona as Sundalo, and Vicente Dumdum as Sakada, the press release said.

Tickets are at P150 for regular admission and P100 for students, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities. Interested audiences can avail of special discounts. A 10 percent early bird discount is offered for a certain period of time and 10 percent “Barkada” promo is also available for group purchases. Details will be provided in the official Facebook page of PerfLab at www.facebook.com/perflab.official/.

Part of the proceeds is for the improvement of the Pope John Paul II Diocesan Cultural Center at the Sacred Heart Seminary. For inquiries and ticket reservations, those interested may contact Noel Pahayupan at +63945-9668095, or The Negros Museum at 708-5080, the press release added.*

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Negrense gets seed
money from FDCP

Negrense visual artist and filmmaker, Mel Rose Aguilar-Maestro, received P100,000 seed money from the Film Development Council of the Philippines, during the CineMarya Women’s Film Festival Film Camp and Pitching Session held in Manila recently.

Maestro is a breastfeeding empowerment counselor and an alumna of the University of St. La Salle Bacolod.

Her film, "Hakab", that is about breastfeeding in the Philippines, will be launched during the CineMarya Film Festival March 2019, and will have a national screening caravan.*

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