January 17, 2023

‘City of the future’ to rise in Victorias

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN A 26-hectare Sidlak Victorias Global City, dubbed as a “city of the future,” will soon rise in Victorias City, Negros Occidental. This was revealed yesterday by Mayor Javier Miguel Benitez, during his first six-month report as


Localized peace talks still pushing through

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Unfazed by the rejection of New People’s Army leaders of localized peace engagements, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday said that they will continue to entice NPA followers to surrender and lay down their arms. In a


Sinulog arena dance winners named

• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Barangay Camingawan bested seven other participants of the Grand Tribal Arena Dance Competition during the 47th Sinulog sa Kabankalan Festival 2023 Sunday in Kabankalan City. The winning barangay went home with P120,000 in cash plus P2


Armed skirmishes erupt anew in Vallehermoso

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN Army soldiers in pursuit of the New People’s Army rebels responsible for the killing of a barangay kagawad on January 14, encountered the fleeing armed group the following day in Brgy. Guba, Vallehermoso, Negros Oriental. The


Beware of Pharisaical legalism

What is Pharisaical legalism? At bottom, it’s the understanding of law that is based only on our human ways, ignoring the ultimate basis of law who is God as revealed fully in Christ. As such, it tends to be rigid,



There were two recent stories that got my attention and I wanted to discuss in this article. The first involves 17-year-old Filipino-Singaporean Tiktokker Zoe Gabriel, who became one of social media’s flavor of the week when her video thanking her


Accelerating internet speeds

The Speedtest Global Index report of US-based Ookla that gathers information on connectivity worldwide showed that telecommunication companies’ investments in infrastructure are paying off as the speed of internet connections via fixed broadband and mobile accelerated in December by 7


Cadiz artist opens exhibit on birthday

• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Cadiz Mayor Salvador Escalante, Jr. was guest of honor at the opening of an art exhibition titled “Seasons of Time” at Monfort Eats in Capitol Heights, Brgy. Estefania, Bacolod City Saturday. The month-long exhibit organized by

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NOLITC looking for EB Magalona scholars

The Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center (NOLITC), is offering scholarship to Saraviahanons, for its courses for School Year 2023. NOLITC vocational school administrator Dr. Ma. Cristina Orbecido, in her letter to EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon, said they

Water bird species sighting at EB Magalona

A Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta was seen and recorded on January 17, during the conduct of Asian Waterbird Census at Brgy. Latasan, E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental. A group composed of DENR, E.B. Magalona LGU and Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc.

Traffic enforcer goes viral, dismissed for taking bribe

• GILBERT P. BAYORAN A Job Order worker of the Bacolod City Government, assigned at the Bacolod City Traffic Authority, was dismissed from his job, for violation of RA 6713, known as Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for government

Binalbagan mayor disgusted by trashy tourists

Trash left behind by irresponsible tourists at Mt. Hermit, now a popular tourist destination in former rebel-controlled Brgy. Bi-ao, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental.* Mayor Alejandro Mirasol FB photo

Cost of living crisis

Compared to what feels like a long time but was just actually three years ago, everything is so much more expensive these days. It’s not just the onions which have become the symbol for inflation and government mismanagement in this

Year’s largest group art exhibit on

• CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Around 65 visual artists from Bacolod City and Negros Occidental gathered together for the largest group art exhibit of the year at the ground floor of the Ayala Malls Capitol Central in Bacolod City. The United