MERGE Representatives of Sagay City and the Sinigayan Festival dancers receive their trophy from Board Member Salvador Escalante, Panaad Executive Director Marlin Sanogal and Best of Festival Dances Chair Rudy Reveche, as champion in the Panaad Best of Festival Dances at the Panaad sa Negros Festival closing rites yesterday* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Negros has 23,548
BSKE candidates

There are 23,548 candidates running in the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE) in Negros Occidental on May 14, the majority of whom are male, a report from Provincial Election Supervisor Jessie Suarez showed yesterday.

The Saturday extension for filing of COCs was able to draw only 278 additional candidates in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental, the Commission on Elections report showed.

Of the 278, 12 filed COCs for barangay captain, 71 for kagawad, 36 for SK chairman and 159 for SK kagawad.moremoremore

Panaad ends with P24M in sales

The 9-day 25th Panaad sa Negros Festival ended yesterday with total sales at P24,230,580 or P5.79 million more than last year’s sales of P18,434,003.

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday he is thankful to God for the very good weather throughout the festival and to all those who contributed to making the festival “very, very successful.”

“I would like to thank all those who participated and went to the festival,” he said, citing the local government units’ all-out participation throughout the festivities.moremoremore


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Villar urges Negros farmers
to study more to hike profit

Study more.

That was the challenge of Senator Cynthia Villar to the Negrense farmers to increase their profit, as the awardees of the Pasidungog sa Panguma, Pangisda, kag Manugsagod sang Kasapatan did to increase their income from their agricultural activities.

Villar, who was the guest speaker at the awarding ceremony on Saturday, said the farmers who are usually awarded earn an average of P50,000 per hectare per month, but an ordinary Filipino farmer would only earn P4,500. The difference is high because other farmers do not study, she added.