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Bacolod City, PhilippinesThursday, January 30, 2014

It began 35 years ago


This is a love story that began 35 years ago. The groom, Pastor Amado Perez, met his future bride, Teena Orola, during a church event when she had just graduated from high school.

At that time, though, they each had different plans for their future. Teena was entering the university and Amado was answering a call to serve God on a higher level. The years passed and their lives went on different directions. The pastor’s life took him to other places and a ministry in Eastern Visayas, while Teena’s brought her to distant shores.

After a long while, she came back to her family in Bacolod while he expanded his own ministry and built other churches. But fate brought them together again during a chance meeting in one church function in Bohol. This time, the pastor was a widower with grown-up children, and Teena had grown to be a mature woman, who had weathered the storms that life has to offer.

They held long talks afterwards and suddenly, they realized that friendship had blossomed into love. Teena’s former high school classmates were thrilled at the news. Their group, who called themselves the “Yaya Sisterhood”, became her wedding planners. And they gave Teena a ‘wedding to remember’.

The venue was the grand ballroom of Sugarland Hotel in Bacolod, that was filled with family and guests. Teena looked radiant as she walked down the aisle to the altar where her groom eagerly waited for her. Her family – the Orolas – was there in full force as were the children of Pastor Amado.

After the wedding ceremony, a most enjoyable program was held where the groom sang a love song to his bride as her friends cheered him on. Teena’s siblings welcomed Amado to their family and his son, Dove, gave a beautiful message to his new “Mom”, after which he sang to them.

It was such a touching and intimate moment that almost brought people to tears. This was one wedding where you could feel true love in the air. To the newlyweds, congratulations and best wishes!*

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held in Silay

The Silay City Liga ng mga Barangay said 91 donors participated in the bloodletting activity held at the Silay public plaza covered court, recently, a press release from the city said.

The theme of the activity held by the Liga, the City Health Office and the Philippine National Red Cross, was “Dugo Kong Alay, Pansagip Buhay (Blood Donation to Save Lives)”, the press release also said.

Present were Berly Astronomo, Carmen Popilo, Dr. Anabelle Ortiz and the CHO staff, ABC president Jose Lopez Jr. and barangay kagawads. The next bloodletting activity will be on February 23, the press release added.*

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Support sought for proposed
Bacolod drug rehab center

Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod member Carl Lopez sought the support of Secretary Mar Roxas of the Department of Interior and Local Government on the proposed establishment of a drug rehabilitation center in the city, a press release from Lopez’s office said.

Lopez said that, under the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, local government units should appropriate a budget to assist in or enhance the enforcement of the Act, giving priority to preventive or educational programs and the rehabilitation or treatment of drug dependents, the press release said.

The press release also said that he told Roxas of the plan to appoint a resident ombudsman for Bacolod, after the Ombudsman for the Visayas asked Mayor Monico Puentevella to initiate the involvement of the SP in the selection process.

Roxas vowed to support the fight against criminality in the grassroots, and provide additional equipment and intelligence coordination with the different agencies, the press release added.*
Bloodletting held in Silay
Support sought for proposed Bacolod drug rehab center
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