MERGE CELEBRATION. Members of the Muslim community of Bacolod City gathered in front of the Bacolod Government Center yesterday to pray for peace and unity as they marked Eid’l Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice.* (Andy Alvarez photo)

They’re home at last
Negros First Girls’ ordeal at NAIA over

And finally, they’re home.

It’s great to be back in Bacolod City after almost six days of travel, said Lizvi Jalandoni, head coach of the 11-12 age group Negros First team that represented Asia-Pacific in the Softball World Series in Portland Oregon.

The team arrived at the Bacolod-Silay Airport around 6:30 a.m. yesterday.

The 14 players of the team applauded and cheered as the Cebu Pacific plane touched down, as they chorused, “We’re home at last.” moremoremore

‘Violence destroying nation’

About 150 people joined the laying of flowers at the statue of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino in Bacolod City yesterday, to mark his 35th death anniversary, and to pray for an end to the resurgence of violence in the country today, Joy Jarabelo, Federation of Urban Poor provincial coordinator, said.

“We prayed for our government to realize that the use of violence is not building our nation but destroying it,” she said.

Yesterday was Ninoy Aquino Day, a holiday in the Philippines observed annually on August 21 to mark the assassination of Aquino on his return to the Philippines. His death ignited a People Power Revolution that led to the ouster of Ferdinand Marcos who ruled as a dictator under martial law. moremoremore


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OPA: Enough fish in NegOcc

Provincial Agriculturist Japhet Masculino said Negrenses should not worry about fish importation as Negros Occidental has enough fish supply from both the sea and inland fishery industry in the province.

This was after reports that Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol signed an administrative order to allow the importation of 17,000 metric tons of galunggong, to be sold in the wet markets.

Reports also said that the importation will ensure that prices of fish will stabilize despite the lack of supply in the market.