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Bacolod City, PhilippinesTuesday, July 2, 2013

Spared by the rain


Despite the rain, the induction ceremony of Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and Negros Occidental board members Saturday at the provincial Capitol in Bacolod City was well attended.

It rained while a thanksgiving mass, led by Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra, was being held at the Social Hall of the Capitol, but when it was time for the oath-taking outdoors and the cocktails at the Capitol Lagoon Park, the downpour stopped, only to resume as if on cue, as the guests were headed home later in the evening.

Members of the United Negros Alliance and the Love Negros Team joined the affair, along with their families, in their Filipiniana and barong tagalog attires.

Also at the affair were congressmen, mayors, businessmen, civic club members, Capitol employees, farmers, fishermen and indigenous people.

Marañon’s scholar, Nathasia Garrucho of Cadiz City, now a stage and musical actress, sang “The Prayer” at the start of the program. She was accompanied to the affair by boyfriend, Michael Manotoc, son of Imee Marcos.

The inaugural ceremony was solemn, brief and tasteful.

The program was capped by cocktails at the lagoon park, and guests were entertained by local bands, and we saw members of the media dancing with gusto and singing along with the entertainers.*

Remember: With God behind you and His arms beneath you, you can face whatever before you. Always look for the blessing in every garden.*

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Dr. Aura Matias with Dr. Ma. Victoria Abesamis (left) present the TOWNS nomination form to the media.*

2013 TOWNS search on

The 2013 search for The Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service (TOWNS) is on and nominees from the Visayas and Mindanao are being sought, Dr. Aura Matias, TOWNS Search 2013 chair, said yesterday.

Matias, dean of the University of the Philippines College of Engineering, and Dr. Ma. Victoria Abesamis, chief of the Medical Professional Staff of East Avenue Medical Center and member of the TOWNS Search 2013 nomination committee, held a press conference in Bacolod City yesterday.

Matias said that, of the 149 TOWNS awardees since 1974, only two have come from Mindanao and two from the Visayas, while the rest are from Luzon.

The two from the Visayas are Luzviminda Valdez for social work in 1989 and Millie Kilayko for entrepreneurial development in 1995, she said.

“Many of the awardees come from the metropolis, this year, we would like to be able to find these jewels in the regions, particularly in the Visayas and Mindanao,” Matias said.

TOWNS Foundation Inc., in partnership with Metrobank Foundation and Metrobank Card, is seeking nominations of Filipino women aged 21 to 45 years old, Abesamis said.

Any person, organization or entity may nominate one or more women, provided they are Filipino citizens, distinguished in their field of specialization, have a well-balanced personality that is worthy of emulation, are committed to the promotion of wellbeing and upliftment of the Philippines and Filipino, and possess a pioneering spirit as evidenced by projects that they have initiated in the service of our country.

The Foundation conducts this triennial search for the purpose of identifying outstanding Filipino women who, in their various capacities, have served the country well, Matias said.

Nominations for TOWNS 2013 Awards shall be received from different individuals and organizations through the TOWNS Secretariat.

Nomination forms may be downloaded at http://www.towns.org.ph/#2013-search-2 , and must be received, postmarked, or hand-carried before August 9, 2013. They can be sent to Matias at the National Engineering Center Juinio Hall, U.P. Campus, Q.C., Tel. No. 926-1516, Telefax 922-4714 or towns.2013awards@gmail.com .

Forms can also be sent to any Metrobank branches nationwide, or to the Metrobank Foundation Office at 4F Metrobank Plaza, Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue in Makati City.

For inquiries, those interested may reach Evelyn Singson at 2004 West Tower Phil Stock Exchange Center Exchange Road, Pasig City, Tel. No. 637-4260 or email: info@towns.org.ph .

Their Bacolod contact person is Kilayko at NVC Foundation at the Virgen sang Barangay Building in Bacolod City, with tel. no. 434-5568, Matias said.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, a TOWNS awardee, has agreed to chair the selection committee this year, Abesamis said.

The TOWNS awardees are presented to Malacañang on the third week of October and their awards are given by the President, Matias added.*CPG

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Intercultural program
opens 100 scholarships

One hundred qualified volunteers of the AFS Intercultural Programs, formerly the American Field Service, will be granted a two-week exchange program in the Asia and the Pacific Initiative region in October, in line with its “100 Volunteers Abroad for 100 Years of AFS” project, its press release said.

The program aims to pay tribute to outstanding volunteers, and participants, aged between 18-55 years old, who will live with host families; visit or attend high school, university, college, or community partner organizations; and engage in activities to learn the culture, tradition, society values and education of the host city and country, the press release also said.

There are more than 4,500 registered volunteers in the Philippines of all ages, professionals and retirees, students and teachers from 23 chapters, including Bacolod, Iloilo, Dumaguete, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, and Davao.

AFS Intercultural Programs is an international, voluntary, non-government, non-profit organization that provides innovative intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world.

Interested volunteers may visit www.afs.ph for eligibility requirements, or to download the application form. Complete applications must be sent to phi.voldev@afs.org before July 7, the press release added.*

2013 TOWNS search on
Intercultural program opens 100 scholarships
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