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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, April 27, 2015
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‘People's Island'
presented at Baywalk

The American Arts Incubator launched the “People's Island” installation art, and presented the recipients of the four micro-grants of the program during the culmination program at the Baywalk of Bacolod City, Saturday.

AAI is an art diplomacy program of the United States of America's Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administered by California based organization, Zero 1.

This is an international program that conducted workshops for utilizing art as a form of advocating awareness in addressing environment and social issues in Papua New Guinea, Laos, Mongolia, and in the country.

American artist Felipe Castelblanco launched his 10 by 10 feet water raft “People's Island” installation art and presented the recipients of the grants to four organizations and individuals.

The workshop that started April 10, in coordination with the Negros Museum conducted by Castelblanco, discussed utilizing art in the public space and how to raise awareness on environmental health through art.

Tanya Lopez, manager of the Negros Museum, said the program will hold its next workshop in the Philippines in 2016.

The four projects are “Hangin”, a music video about the environment produced by Binhi Arts and Crafts organization, “Busog Lusog Talino Kitchen Ideas” of the Institute for Negros Development, “Risk Reduction and Disaster Management” of Balayan, both from the University of St. La Salle, and “Suyac Floating Eco-Resource Library” of two communication graduates of USLS, Keith Cari-an and Aliana Juson.

Each project was given P22,000 as cash grant.

The program started with a march from the Bacolod Plaza to Baywalk, participated in by around 150 students, volunteers and exhibitors at about 4 p.m.

Performances in the People's Island were also given by Cari-an through a storytelling and singing of “Hangin” by some Binhi members, while exhibits on creative kitchen ideas were done by IND.

Funded microgrants will start their program in May in their chosen community in Negros Occidental.

Castelblanco, Cari-an and Juson visited the Suyac Island in Sagay City for an ocular inspection yesterday.*


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VMC pays tribute
to Salesian Sisters

The Salesian Sisters bade farewell to the St. Mary Mazzarello School all-exclusive girls' school within the Victorias Milling Company compound, after 60 years of providing quality Christian education that produced countless successful women leaders and entrepreneurs, a press release from VMC said.

In a thanksgiving luncheon hosted by VMC executives, led by president and chief operating officer, Eduardo Concepcion, both mill officials and Mazzarellians paid tribute to the nuns for the service they provided, particularly in instilling values and inspiration among the thousands of Salesian youth in Victorias City, the press release also said.

Concepcion presented a plaque of appreciation to SMMS principal, Sr. Ernielyn Deypalan, and thanked the Sisters for “producing ladies of good character, with integrity, honesty and fear of the Lord,” adding that VMC will always remember and consider the Salesian Sisters as part of their rich culture and heritage.

As part of the transition, Don Bosco Technical Institute will turn co-ed and will welcome SMMS students, who wish to continue with their Salesian education.

Concepcion asked the nuns to continue praying for VMC and the community.

SMMS Batch '87 graduate, Melaurie Ann Decena, who now works for VMC's Purchasing Department, said she had mixed emotions when she first heard of the school's closure.

The Salesian Family will continue to commit and help in future plans in the community, Deypalan said, and thanked VMC for providing them their home for the last 60 years. She presented the company a framed copy of the “Entrustment of the Home to Mary Help of Christians”, the press release added.*

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