NOVENNoven Belleza celebrates his "Tawag ng Tanghalan" win with his father, Reynaldo* (ABS-CBN photo)

Teacher, 4 others killed

A teacher and a barangay tanod were among five fatalities in separate stabbing, shooting and hacking incidents within two days in Negros Occidental, police records showed.

Hernani Octavio, a 30-year-old teacher, was trying to pacify a commotion, when he was stabbed from behind by the suspect identified as Pedro Pacia on Saturday in Sitio Cabadiangan, Brgy. Camandag, La Castellana, Negros Occidental.

Chief Inspector Gary Alan Resuma, La Castellana police officer-in-charge, saidyesterday that Octavio died, while being treated at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City. moremoremore

Victorias farmer grand champ
an inspiration to others: guv

Noven Belleza, 22, a rice farmer from Victorias City, Negros Occidental, was named the grand champion of “Tawag ng Tanghalan” at the finals held at Resorts World Manila, Saturday.

Belleza, son of farmer Reynaldo and housewife Rosie Belleza, told the DAILY STAR yesterday he would like to thank everyone around the country who voted for him, especially the people of Negros Occidental and Victorias City.

Belleza, on the talent search “Tawag ng Tanghalan”of ABS-CBN, earned the highest number of combined judges' score and text votes at 99.96 percent, defeating Sam Mangubat and Froilan Canlas, who finished second and third, respectively.  moremoremore


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No shortage of coins

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Dumaguete Branch said there is no shortage of coins and called on the public and retailers to re-circulate coins and provide exact change to customers.

In a Kapihan sa PIA forum recently with members of the Association of Negros Oriental Public Information Officers and the local media, deputy director Nicasio Parco of BSP also advised the owners of vending machines to collect coins weekly to prevent hoarding, a government press release said.

It was noted that the proliferation of automated ‘tubig' and other vending machines that use coins as tokens contribute to the diminishing coin supply in circulation..