ACCIDENT Mayor EvelioLeonardia, IBC-International Builders Corp. head Alfonso Yap and Rep. Greg Gasataya (4th to 6th from left) at the ground-breaking of the 21.8-kilometer New Bacolod Economic Highway at Purok Progreso Brgy. Sum-ag yesterday.*

P850M Coke project to
double sugar need

Coca-Cola Philippines has began the P850 million expansion of its bottling facility in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, that will double its use of locally-sourced sugar soon, its Bacolod plant manager Bernard Engada, said yesterday.

Coca-Cola's bottling facility in Bacolod City has been producing beverages with 100 percent locally-sourced sugar since 1998 when the facility opened, Engadatold the media, who were taken on a plant tour yesterday.

But Engada said he was not authorized to disclose how much cane sugar the Bacolod plant uses. .moremoremore

Panaad fest kicks off today

Thousands of Negrenses are expected at the 24 th Panaadsa Negros Festival opening today at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, with the theme, “Panaad: Shining Bright @ 24”.

The celebration will kick off with a thanksgiving mass in the morning, to be followed by the “Lechonaad”, a parade of lechons, at the Provincial VeterinaryOffice Activity Area.

Ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the Panaad Tourism, Agri-Trade Fair and Exhibits, Organikna Negros Agri-Fest andAgri-Clinic, Livestock and Dairy Fair, Eco-Garden Show, Solid Waste Management Advocacy, Exhibit and Trade Show by the United Architects of the Philippines, Bamboo Innovation Centre, and the Negros Island Photo Exhibit and Festival Costume Display will also follow after the mass.


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Mayor denies ASG presence

Dauin Mayor Neil Credo said no single incident was reported of any Abu Sayyaf Group presence in the town, where Apo Island is located.

In fact, tourist arrivals in the municipality has increased, with average arrivals from 250-300 every day, mostly foreign nationals, he added.

One foreign national even said Apo Island is the safest among the tourist destinations in the Visayas, especially after the incident in Bohol. .