MERGE BRISK SALES. Misa de Gallo does not seem complete without a stop for early morning bibingka in front of the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City.* (Andy Alvarez photo)

‘Awesome victory’
Negrenses rejoice on Gray’s Miss U win

Catriona Gray became the fourth Filipina to be crowned Miss Universe in Bangkok, Thailand, yesterday to cheers from the millions of Filipinos, including Negrenses, who witnessed her triumph via live television broadcast.

In many parts of Bacolod City and Negros Occidental work came to standstill in government and private offices as employees gathered in front of television sets, while families and friends converged at homes and coffee shops to cheer Gray on.

“We join the whole nation in celebrating this awesome victory. Once again, we have proven to the world what a great race the Filipino is. And to rise above the rest in beauty and talent is heavenly pride for all of us,” Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said. moremoremore

Pharmacist killed in ‘hit-and-run’

A retired pharmacist died in what appeared to be a hit-and-run incident in front of the South Bacolod General Hospital at Araneta Street in Barangay Pahanocoy, Bacolod City, at about 4:30 a.m. yesterday.

The victim was identified as Elizabeth Wison, 65, of Barangay Pahanocoy, Police Officer 2 Jomar Dura, traffic investigator of Station 8, said yesterday.

Traffic investigation showed that Wison was crossing to east of Araneta Street when a blue Toyota Avanza driven by an unidentified driver, that was travelling north of the road, hit her, Dura said. moremoremore


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Sipalay mothers earn income
feeding undernourished kids

Feeding undernourished kids has become a livelihood opportunity for mothers in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental involved in a multi-stakeholder program called “Busog Lusog Talino” (BLT).

This opportunity for some 13 mothers had landed them a job where they cook healthy food for 740 undernourished grade school students of four schools in Sipalay for one school year, to help increase their body mass index and gain normal weights.

The BLT program is a partnership between the Department of Education, through its School-Based Feeding Program, the local government unit of Sipalay, Jollibee Foundation, and the non-government organization Communities First.