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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, July 18, 2015
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6 LGUs get school
buildings from FCCCII

The Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc., through its Operation Barrio School Project, turned over seven school buildings with two classrooms each in the cities of Sagay, Cadiz and Talisay in northern Negros Occidental, and in the towns of Pontevedra, San Enrique, and Valladolid in the south.

The beneficiary schools in southern Negros were the San Isidro Elementary School in Pontevedra, San Enrique National High School – Sibucao Extension in San Enrique, and Valladolid NHS in Valladolid.

Mayor Jose Maria Alonso of Pontevedra, Mayor Mario Magno of San Enrique, and representatives of Mayor Romel Yogore of Valladolid along with members of the school community in the three local government units received the donation from the FCCCII.

The donors tapped by the FCCCII for the school building in Pontevedra were Tan She Lin and Ever Graving Stationery, Jollibee Group Foundation for the building in San Enrique, and Dy Pue Le for the two-classroom unit in Valladolid.

The deed of donation for all the three schools were signed separately by FCCCII representatives Anson Tan and Crispin Lao, Jeniece Estrada, and Renato Rosario from the Jollibee Foundation, and officers of Southern Negros-FCCCII, headed by acting president Roger Yap.

During the turnover rites in Pontevedra, Southern Negros FCCCII External Affair head, Salvacion Chua, told the school community the Operation Barrio School Project of the FCCCII aims to develop and expand the service of educational institutions to make learning more conducive for the students.

The same message was echoed by Yap at the ceremony in San Enrique and Valladolid, as he called on the community to use the building in sending a message that “education is valued and extremely important to the society.

“Please take care of this building so that we can be sure that it is a place that you can be proud of every day, an instrument to assist your children to navigate their journeys in life,” the Southern Negros FCCCII officers said in their message to the school community.

“No matter what your children get out of this school, you want to prepare them for that long journey, and it starts right here, right now. Make the best of your life,” the FCCCII message added.

Also present during the turnover of the school buildings were Southern Negros FCCCII officers Nonaldo Chua, Aida Uy, Lucy Ponce, Santiago Tankit Jr., Lino Sia, Nerissa Ku, Venancia Lim, and Adolfo Lim.*NAB


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SIFI holds medical, dental
missions in Neg.Occ., Iloilo

The Sugar Industry Foundation Inc., headed by Edith Villanueva, held two medical and dental missions that benefitted 804 persons in Negros Occidental and Iloilo, recently.

In Negros Occidental, the SIFI medical dental mission was held in Barangay Dos Hermanas, Talisay City, in partnership with the First Farmers Holding Corp. and the barangay council of Dos Hermanas, a press release from SIFI said.

The outreach benefitted 474 sugar workers, small planters and their families and barangay residents, it said, adding 409 availed of the free medical consultations and medicines, 65 had dental extractions, and 200 children and some adults were served with dehydrated vegetables soup mix donated by the Ontario Christian Gleaners from Canada, and the Loving Rose Mission, Philippines.

In Iloilo, the outreach was held in Brgy. Cubay, San Enrique, in partnership with the ABYAN LMC of URC Passi, the Apex Club of Passi, and the Brgy. Council of Cubay, the press release also said.

The outreach benefitted 330 sugar workers, small planters and their families, and barangay residents. The prevalent sickness in the area were dizziness, runny nose, hyperacidity, upper respiratory tract infection, abdominal pain, cough and fever, LBM and first degree malnutrition among children, body pain, epigastric pain, acidity, hypertension and allergy for adults, the press release added.*

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Bacoleña centenarian
marks milestone birthday

Bacoleña Carmen Lopez Ang celebrated her 100 th birthday July 16, surrounded by her large family. Already a widow, the centenarian has 14 children, 51 grandchildren and 68 great-grandchildren.

She was born July 16, 1915, the fourth in a family of five siblings who all enjoyed longevity. Her eldest sister lived to be 93, and another sister passed away a few years ago at 102 years old. A brother died at 86, and the only living brother is still very strong and active at 86 years old.

Her secret to long life? Eating vegetables, drinking milk every day, and having a generous, prayerful heart. For her 100 th birthday, Carmen's children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren came home from different parts of the world to celebrate the special day with her.

Recalling his upbringing, her son Alan said, “she was always generous to others, all her life.” He said his mother started having children at a very young age of 16. She took care of her 14 children, and grandchildren. She loved to cook. In the early 1980s, Carmen migrated to Canada with some of her children. She came back to Bacolod in 1988, and has since lived with her 12 th son Alan.

During her birthday celebration, although Carmen said little - opting mostly to listen to her offspring and relatives - her son, Robert, said she is still active, has clear vision and hearing, and her mind sharp. Just as her lively nature has remained, so has her selflessness, according to her children and grandchildren.

She wears lightly the burdens of her great age, smiling easily and chatting with those she is familiar with. Carmen attributes her longevity to a life's devotion to healthy eating, healthy living, and all things in moderation.*

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