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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, October 19, 2016
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Carer of 107 kids
to be awarded

Anna Balcells, the founder and president of Kalipay Negrense Foundation Inc., will be awarded as an Outstanding Negrense in the “Pasidungog sa mga Bag-o nga Baganihan” awarding ceremony during the Negros Day on November 5, at the Provincial Capitol social hall in Bacolod City.

Balcells will be recognized for her remarkable works and contribution in the field of Community Service, a press release from Kalipay said.

Four other awardees will also be honored.

Kalipay Negrense Foundation is a non-profit organization aimed at bringing joy to the disadvantaged children. It strives to provide the needs and protect the rights of disadvantaged children – the abandoned, neglected, physically and sexually abused, orphaned, malnourished, and victims of poverty, child labor, and trafficking, the press release said.

At present, Kalipay has 107 children in the two homes that Balcells and her team manage where they are given a safe, and loving environment that they deserve.

For almost 10 years, Kalipay has rescued more than 500 disadvantaged children in Negros Occidental and surrounding provinces. It continues to survive because of individuals and organizations willing to help the foundation.

Just recently, Kalipay has rescued three children abused by their father and a 10-day-old baby abandoned near a police station in Bacolod City.

To know more about Kalipay, those interested may visit http://kalipaynegrensefoundation.org, the press release added.*

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MassKara zumba
street party Friday

“Sabado Nights” girl Ina Raymundo will grace this year's MassKara zumba street party, 3:30 p.m. Friday at 6th-Lacson Streets, across the Coca-Cola stage, in Bacolod City, a press release from organizers said.

She will join licensed Zumba instructors in bringing fitness enthusiasts a fun-filled sweat-out session, the press release also said. Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian Beto Perez in the 90s.

Adding spice to the fitness party is ZiN Alex Estrada of Cebu and instructors under ZINegros, a gathering of licensed Zumba instructors in Negros Occidental, its press release said.

About a thousand enthusiasts are expected to take part in the fitness and wellness event. They will wear colorful costumes and beautiful headdresses in tune with the festive MassKara Festival. This is the fourth MassKara Zumba Party and yearly the number of participants continues to grow, the press release also said.

Event organizer and ZINegros president Joann Visitacion will add twist to the fitness party as she will render a live vocal performance. Visitacion just came back from the US and the UAE after doing a reunion concert with VST & Co, the press release said.

Part of the proceeds will go to the chosen charity of ZINegros. The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology is a partner of the organizer in the fund-raising event. A portion of the proceeds that BJMP will raise will be used in buying hygienic kits and uniforms of the inmates.

For ticket inquiries, those interested may contact Visitacion at 0917-3000594, the press release added.*


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Fireworks tilt starts tonight

An entry from Hinigaran town goes up with an entry from Bulacan on the first night of the five-day Sadya ang MassKara with Mayor Bing: The 1st Mayor Evelio Leonardia Invitational Fireworks Competition at the Bacolod Government Center today.

Nonoy's Firecrackers of Hinigaran will compete against E & B Fireworks of Bulacan.

The fireworks show start at 10 p.m. every night.

Tomorrow night Bathans Fireworks of Batangas will go up against Pyro Kreation of Bulacan at the Bacolod Public Plaza.

Planet DX Fireworks of Bukidnon will compete against Tower Fireworks of Cotabato at the Tourism Strip on Lacson St. on Friday.

On Saturday it will be Peacock Fireworks of Bacolod City versus AL Aquino Fireworks of Laguna, also at the Tourism Strip.

The Champion's Showdown will be on Sunday at the BGC, the last night of the 23-day MassKara Festival.

Energreen Power executive director David Tan is sponsoring the fireworks competition. He turned over a check for P550,000 to MassKara Festival director Eli Francis Tajanlangit on October 6.

A subsidy of P30,000 was given to the eight participants.

The top 3 winners will receive P100,000; P50,000, and P30,000, respectively, for the Champion's Showdown.*

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MassKara zumba street party Friday
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