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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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

Guv sees Covid-19 cases breaking record soon

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson anticipates record breaking COVID-19 cases in Negros Occidental, noting that new active cases are hitting triple digits on a daily basis. As of Sept. 15, the Provincial Incident Management Team logged 2,201

Stamps feature Tokyo Olympic medalists

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) has released stamps celebrating the triumph of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, the country’s first-ever Olympic gold medalist. The stamps feature Diaz’s winning moments in Tokyo on July 26, 2021 that made her a national sensation as

CHMSC turns over PPE, soap, face masks to partners

Carlos Hilado Memorial State College turned over 500 sets of Personal Protective Equipment to its institutional partners who are in the frontline of the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in a ceremony held on September 16, 2021, at the

Pump prices rise for 4th week in a row

Oil companies will raise pump prices starting today, marking the fourth consecutive week of an increase.  In separate advisories, Caltex, Petro Gazz, Seaoil, Shell, and Total will hike prices of diesel and gasoline by P0.80 per liter. Cleanfuel will also

‘Loved by people, feared by enemy’

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Loved by the people, feared by enemy. This is the mantra of Maj. Gen. Benedict Arevalo that he will apply in peace and development campaign in Western and Central Visayas, upon assuming command of the Army’s