house marks 50 years
The Hofileña Heritage House, the first ancestral house in Silay City, Negros Occidental, to open its doors to the public in 1962, will celebrate its 50th year, tomorrow and on June 15, a press release from the Silay Tourism Office said.
An open house, limited to the first 50 visitors, will be held starting 3 p.m. tomorrow, with house owner Ramon Hofileña touring the guests. Postcards on the house will be distributed; the Kabataang Silay Rondalla will play musical numbers popular 50 years ago; and Rizaliana books donated by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines will be raffled off, the press release also said.
On June 15, a movie on the house will be shown at the Sen. Jose C. Locsin Cultural and Civic Center, at 4 p.m. The screening is open to the public for free, it also said.
The Hofileña Heritage House is the first home in Silay to be installed with a historical marker as “national treasure for the present and future generations” by the NHCP; and declared as a museum, despite being inhabited, by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the press release said. It displays more than 1,000 arts pieces of Filipino masters, including national hero Jose Rizal, and various national artists, the press release added.*
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Bacolod Lions Club
Twenty-six members of the Bacolod City Host Lions Club attended the 30th Charter anniversary of twin club Kaohsiung Port Lions Club, at the Grand Hotel in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, recently, a press release from the club said.
The delegation, headed by club president Marxlen de la Cruz and past district governor Em Ang, also toured Kaohsiung and Taitung City in southeast Taiwan.
Among the BCHLC members in the group were Bert Layda, Nilo del Carmen, Ronald Pisueña, Evangeline Magallanes, Roan Jocson, Winnie Diaz, Joreslyn Balaan, Merla Raz, Flomar Natuel, Ruel Jalea, Terry Develdoz, retired judge Anastacio Rufon, Merceditas Jocson, Sony Manojo and Julia Jalbuena.
De la Cruz said the twinning relations of the two clubs since 1987 have benefited the local Lions, as assistance from Kaohsiung allowed them to undertake projects that have helped communities in Bacolod and Negros, the press release said.
Members of the Kaohsiung Lions visit Bacolod every year, and have given donations, both in cash and in kind, to the Holy Infant Nursery in Barangay Sum-ag, Bacolod. The Lions Park and Community Center in Don Salvador Benedicto is also a joint project of the two clubs, along with the Ichon Lions of South Korea, the press release added.*
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