That rarified aire

Everybody’s talking about Christo’s installation covering the whole Arc de Triomphe. Paris is bliss specially at this time called “rentrée” when the Opera would open and ballet at the Palais Garnier! I’m so lucky to have made the decision in


Francisco-Taño nuptials

BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO Dexter Francisco and April Taño exchanged marriage vows at rites officiated by Rev. Salvador Parpa, Jr. in Bacolod City on September 11. Dexter is the son of Danilo and Felicidad Francisco of Bicol, while April is


Goin’ up, stay’ng up

ShapeUp’s Empress Mitos Seva Cooper opened her fab, fav ShapeUp gym at last, after so many months of renovations! This physical workout Mecca is located at the circumferential road right next to her Shell gasoline station and across the Preschools


“Basta Bata” art exhibit

BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO Negrense artist Ramon De los Santos opened his solo art exhibit titled “Bata Bata” at the Artful Gallery Cafè and Workshop Studio at Lacson-18th streets, Bacolod City Wednesday that will run until September 30. De los Santos


URC holds community pantry

Universal Robina Corporation, through its brands Payless Instant Mami and Payless Xtra BIG Pancit Canton, served around 2,000 beneficiaries from Brgy. Singcang-Airport during the first-ever community pantry of YouLink Community Channel in Jose R. Torres Elementary School on August 28.


Only 1 of 3 Negrenses enters MUP’s top 30

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Only one of three Negrense women made it through the list of the official top 30 finalists of Miss Universe Philippines 2021, the pageant organizers announced Wednesday. Despite being in the top 15 of the


What’s in a name

Should there be a question mark after this title? I decided not…because a name holds so many facts. There’s the “Society” part, which this page is all about. But, since names have been the narrative lately, especially on social media,


Back to school!

Rebecca, my eldest, started big school on August 15. She joined around 20 other kids in the ersteKlasse, or Grade 1. Her Papa, younger sister Sarah, and I brought her to school on the first day. We, along with other


Our two living cultural divas

Our province is, indeed, blessed by these two ladies, who have kept our cultural scene going even during these pandemic times. Both national and international prominence laid down trophies and awards at their feet but our local culture vultures seem


‘Pagpalangga’ ongoing in city

“Pagpalangga”, an exhibit of the artworks of renowned Negrense artist and filmmaker, Peque Gallaga, opened Saturday as part of the celebration of his birthday on August 25. The exhibit will run until September 21 at The Negros Museum in Bacolod

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Negros quarantine facilities eyed as ‘field hospitals’

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The provincial government of Negros Occidental is seeking an approval from the Department of Health on its proposal to make quarantine facilities as “field hospitals,” as the number of active COVID-19 cases in the province yesterday

MerzciCares initiative continues in fight vs COVID-19

Local bread and pasalubong producer Merzci continues to support and help the local government and communities in the fight against COVID-19 with its MerzciCares initiative.  As part of its advocacy to promote getting vaccinated and achieve herd immunity, Merzci held

60-ft Holy Cross to rise at La Castellana park

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN The development of the Mandayao Panorama Park, which is being envisioned by Mayor Rhumyla Nicor Mangilimutan as the tourism hub of La Castellana in Negros Occidental, continues with more added attractions being constructed, and the majestic

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The Punta Taytay area in Bacolod City has been a popular destination for people seeking open spaces for relaxation.* Dennis John Reyes/CCN photo

When positivity sucks

“I have never undergone a COVID-19 test ever since the pandemic began.” Does this statement make me a lucky person or does it make me a poor unfortunate soul? I guess it depends on how you look at it. On

Vigilante group claims brutal murder of ambush survivor

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN An alleged “vigilante group” has claimed responsibility for the brutal killing of an ambush survivor last year, whose cadaver was found yesterday at Purok Riverside, Brgy. Banago, Bacolod City. The victim identified by the police as