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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, July 7, 2016

San Carlos at 56

There is always a reason to celebrate life when all things are happening the way it is planned.

In Negros Occidental, every time I travel across the trans-link highway from Bacolod via Salvador Benedicto, it is so refreshing to see a panoramic view of the rice terraces tilled and shaped as it is today, a labor of love by farmers up in the mountains. It only takes two hours or less depending on the speed and the expertise of the driver to reach the 4 th most lovable city in the world - San Carlos.

The World Wildlife Fund recently spearheaded this competition where voting was done through social media. Among 46 cities in 20 countries worldwide, San Carlos City was top five as a city where one loves to go around, applies the power of nature with the 59-MW solar power plant inaugurated in April this year, where clean living is a way of life, having been a Galing Pook and Clean and Green awardee, where one can experience good food, be it habichuelas or fresh sea food.

It is also in the city where they started the practice of green buildings with less air conditioners at the imposing City Hall. They have a San Carlos Development Board, a housing authority and one of the best good governance practices, where politicians are united and work together as one.

The 56 th Charter Day celebration was highlighted with a two-hour parade of government offices, non-government organizations, schools with about nine bands, and participating commercial establishments, Vice Governor Eugenio Lacson walked with some officials while Mayor Gerardo Valmayor and some officials drove the newly acquired all-terrain vehicle during the parade .

Participants were in colorful and uniquely designed hats, so judges had a hard time choosing the best. The San Carlos Technical School won, followed by the Biopower group for the private sector, and Brgy. 3 won first place for the government category. School bands participated in the drum and lyre competition, Julio Ledesma National High School won first place showing precision and execution of movements, variety of formations, choreography and musicality with cadence and discipline, while Tanon College placed second.

The local government cooperative, in partnership with Pag-IBIG, inaugurated the first social cooperative housing project for employees with the first 15 units built at a very affordable price of P450,000 each house and lot, a tree planting activity was held as well with the Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office, headed by Joe Alingasa, with Councilor Wilmer Yap.

FHM's 2016 sexiest woman Jessy Mendiola and artist Jennifer Lee were guest performers in this year's 56 th Charter Day celebration.


La Consolacion College Senior Tourism students under Aireen Gedorio had a seminar on tour guiding in preparation for the on-the-job training; topics discussed were tour guiding techniques, tour commentaries and research preparation.


The Cultural Center of the Philippines, in partnership with the Negros Cultural Foundation Inc., presents “Gift of Music”, featuring prodigies and winners of the National Music Competition for Young Artist Andrew Constantino on clarinet, Mhaze Danniel Lim with his viola, Kirk Mallorca for piano, and soprano Jade Riccio. The show will be held July 14 at 7 p.m., at the Santuario De La Salle, USLS Bacolod. Tickets are at P200, and the event is for the benefit of the Negros Museum.*



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