MERGE BACOLAODIAT. Visitors at the Bacolod City Government Center enjoy taking photos of the colorful lotus plants and Koi floating in its lagoon as the city readies for the BacoLaodiat Festival.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Ferrer, bishops appeal
for Taal prayers, help

Lava and broad columns of ash illuminated by lightning spewed from Taal Volcano in Batangas yesterday, grounding hundreds of flights for most of the day as authorities continued to warm of a possible "explosive eruption".

In Negros Occidental Acting Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer, Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon and San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza called for prayers for the safety of residents evacuating from their homes near the volcano.

Ferrer also called for prayers that a similar situation does not happen in Negros Occidental that also has an active volcano. moremoremore

LCP to aid affected
cities – Leonardia

The League of Cities of the Philippines is extending financial assistance to cities affected by the Taal eruption, LCP president and Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said yesterday.

Leonardia said they have postponed indefinitely their national executive board meeting that was supposed to be held tomorrow because of the incident.

This is a board meeting that is supposed to be attended by Senator Aquilino Pimentel III and Deputy Speaker and 1-PacmanPartylist Rep. Michael Romero, he said. moremoremore


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Will Taal just cough, or throw up?


51 complete contact center course

Fifty-one provincial government scholars completed the contact center services NC II course at the Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center in Bacolod City yesterday.

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, in his speech read by executive assistant Charina Magallanes-Tan, said that NOLITC has transformed the educational landscape of Negros Island.

“It has become the impetus of this administration in reshaping the socio-economic landscape of the province by equipping the youth with relevant training, responsive to the needs of the growing IT-BPM industry,” he added.