MERGE LIHOK VISAYAS. Vilma Doloso, 69, demonstrates the hablon weaving process of Valladolid town in Negros Occidental, one of the creative industries featured at the Lihok Visayas Exhibition at the Negros Museum in Bacolod City yesterday.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

‘It will be Bong for guv
if unity talks succeed’

Love Negros will field Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose “Bong” Lacson for governor in the 2019 polls if a merger with the United Negros Alliance succeeds, Rep. Joseph Stephen Paduano (Abang Lingkod partylist) said yesterday.

It will then be up to UNegA to pick the candidate for vice governor under that merger, Paduano, House deputy minority leader, said at a press conference in Bacolod City yesterday.

Under the equity of the incumbent, Lacson as vice governor has all the moral authority to be the governor, he said. moremoremore

But nothing final yet – Escalante

Time is running out for two Negros-based political groups, United Negros Alliance and Love Negros, to decide on whom they will field for provincial posts in the May 2019 elections.

We have to decide before October 1, which is the start of the filing of Certificates of Candidacy, UNegA secretary general Salvador Escalante, who is now on his last term as board member of Negros Occidental, said yesterday.

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg., Occ., 3rd District) met in Manila late last week and discussed a merger between the UNegA and Love Negros. moremoremore


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Amid the slightly crowded room, Vilma Doloso, 69, is still focused on pulling the polyester thread from end to end as she stand in the small handloom machine finishing the hablon scarf filled with red and gold colors.

Spectators took selfies of her with the orange and black patterned patadyong wrapped around her waist, and had chitchats with her but demanded that people repeat what they are saying, as her eyes are fixed on the array of threads attached to the wooden machine she continually moves with her hands and feet to finish the textile product.

It would take half a day for her to finish the scarf, Doloso said, who learned to weave when she was 9 years old.