August 2, 2022

Negros mourns FVR passing, flags fly half-mast

In this photo taken almost 60 years ago, then Capt. Fidel V Ramos (4th from left) is with then 1Lt. Francisco Agudong (4th from right), who later became the provincial PC-INP commander of Negros Occidental, who was among his company officers when he founded the elite unit, Special Forces of the Philippine Army, in 1962.* SFR(A) photo


Postponement of brgy, SK elections expected

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Negros Occidental 4th District Rep. Juliet Marie Ferrer yesterday said that she is optimistic that the numerous bills postponing the synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, which will be consolidated during deliberations at the Committee on


Retired Negrense general is Senate sergeant-at-arms

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Retired Army Lt. Gen. Roberto Ancan, of Victorias City, Negros Occidental, is new the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms. Ancan, who retired from the military service in 2021 as commanding general of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Visayas


Political coalition dubbed ‘UNe-Love’

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN With the political coalition between United Negros Alliance and Love Negros apparently effective during the 2019 and 2022 elections, Negros Occidental Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer yesterday has renamed it as “Une-Love”. “There are no party lines


Bishop, green groups urge mayor to prioritize RE

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Clean energy and sustainability groups yesterday said that unlocking renewables should be the priority of local government and stakeholders alike for the benefit of Negrosanon consumers and the environment. While he agrees with San Carlos City


Mayors’ portraits unveiled

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Bacolod Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez and former mayor Monico Puentevella led the unveiling of their portraits at the lobby of the Bacolod City Government Center yesterday. Alongside their portraits was that of Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya,


NegOcc COVID-19 cases hit 3-digits

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN COVID-19 active cases in Negros Occidental increased to 110, as 11 more cases were reported on August 1 by the Provincial Incident Management Team (PIMT). This brings to 41,774 total cases logged by PIMT from March


Outstanding BCPO personnel honored

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Five personnel of the Bacolod City Police Office were honored during the closing ceremony of the 27th Police Community Relations Month with a theme “Ugnayang Pulisya at Komunidad Tungo sa Mapayapa, Maayos at Maunlad na Pamayanan,”


Special non-working day in Kabankalan today

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Malacañang has declared Aug. 2 as a special non-working day in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, which is celebrating its 25th charter anniversary today. It is but fitting and proper that the people of the City of


Even Christ needed to pray

“Jesus made the disciples get into a boat and precede him to the other side of the sea, while he dismissed the crowds. After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening

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Power struggle

Earlier this week the entire cities of Silay and Talisay, which make up a significant chunk of the supposedly progressive Metro Bacolod area of this island, were plunged into an unscheduled power blackout that lasted more than 12 hours. I

San Carlos Hospital kicks off National Hospital Week

San Carlos City Hospital kicked off its National Hospital Week celebration Monday themed “Pagbangon mula sa pandemya, Kayang kaya basta’t sama same.” The activity started with a motorcade around the major streets of the city where different divisions and sections

Bago, Talisay log most COVID-19 cases

The cities of Talisay and Bago logged the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Negros Occidental, while Don Salvador Benedicto and San Enrique towns have zero cases, as of August 14, according to reports of the Provincial Incident Management Team.

Bacolod projects 284% increase in tourist arrivals

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO The Bacolod City Tourism Office is projecting a 284 percent increase in tourist arrivals in Bacolod City or more than 600,000 visitors by the end of the year. City Tourism Officer Ma. Teresa Quebrar-Manalili recalled that

Negrense softbelles win over Italy in 2022 LLS World Series

It was tagged as a fun and exciting game by the Filipino community as several families cheered the Philippine-Asia Pacific girls softball team, major division, showing off their power-packed play at the 2022 Little League Softball World Series. In the

Barangay justice training conducted

Twenty-nine members of the Lupon Tagapamayapa of Barangays Granada and Handumanan in Bacolod City completed the two-day Barangay Justice training conducted by the Rotary Club of Bacolod Central, in partnership with the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Negros Occidental Chapter. The