JAPAN President Rodrigo Duterte (right) and Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. are now in Japan to meet investors* ( Andy Alvarez photo)

Marañon to ink MOU
with Japan shipbuilder

Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. is in Japan for the signing of a memorandum of understanding today with a Japanese firm aiming to build a shipbuilding facility in Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental, Board Member Salvador Escalante said yesterday.

The signing of the MOU with Tsuneishi Heavy Industries Inc. (THICI ) by Marañon in Tokyo coincides with the visit of President Rodrigo Duterte to Japan, he said.

The governor on Monday issued Executive Order 16-19 Series of 2016 designating Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson acting governor from October 25 to 28 while he is on a four-day vacation in Japan. moremoremore

MassKara invited to Korea

Still basking in the success of the just-concluded MassKara Festival, Mayor Evelio Leonardia and the MassKara dancers received a formal invitation Monday to attend and perform at the Andong Maskdance Festival of Andong City, Korea next year.

The International Mask Arts and Culture Organization (IMACO), through its president, Andong City Mayor Kweon Young-Sae, and secretary-general Yoon Byung-Jin, wrote Leonardia and the MassKara dancers to join them in their celebration on Sept. 29 to October 8, 2017, a City Hall press release said.

Byung-Jin visited Bacolod on the highlight week of the MassKara Festival and saw for himself the various activities of the festival, like the Electric MassKara performing float competition, and the street and arena dance competitions. moremoremore


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NORPPO vows tight security in
Dumaguete for UniGames

The Philippine National Police in Negros Oriental has assured of tight security in Dumaguete and nearby areas as hundreds of athletes and delegates from all over the country are in the city for the 2016 University Games.

The UniGames, participated in by around 38 colleges and universities, reeled off Monday until October 30 at different venues in the capital city and nearby towns.

Acting police provincial director, Senior Supt. Henry Biñas, assured of enough police personnel deployed to the venues and the streets to ensure the safety and security of the athletes and other members of various delegations...