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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, February 15, 2018

19 years of
community banking


Bacolod's very own First Community Bank recently celebrated its 19 th anniversary through a thanksgiving mass held at its main branch in the City of Smiles, and officiated by Fr. Ireneo Gordoncillo.

It was attended by members of the board of directors, management, and employees of the bank. Welcoming the guests were founding chairman and president of the bank, Lawrence Villanueva, and his sister, Susan Villanueva.

In 1999, the bank first opened its doors at JP&D building at Heritage Square along Burgos Street. Since its birth, the bank has grown, steadily earning the trust of its depositors. Today, FCBI is credited as one of the catalysts for development in the community it serves, making credit easily available to small farmers, merchants, and small and medium enterprises, OFWs, public, and private employees. Now, the bank has branches in Bacolod, Bago, and Iloilo cities.

Chairman Lawrence holds an impressive background in banking. Other accomplished board members are Susan Villanueva, Carlitos Quevenco, and Deo Antonio Llamas.*

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Bago turns 52

Travel Talk recently visited Bago City in the south, about 21 kilometers from Bacolod City, for the opening of the Agro Industrial Cultural and Educational Fair, on the theme “One Barangay, One Product”.

The opening program was held at Bantayan Park where the four kilometers long boulevard was filled with revelers, for the agri fair, amusement rides, and food park, plus nightly entertainment, including a fireworks display.

Board Member Victor Javellana represented the provincial government at the opening program and was seated beside the city councilors and visitors from the Department of Education and Department of Agriculture. Vice Mayor Ramon Torres delivered his message and the people were entertained by school children in their folk dances and the Bago City Dancers, who recently won second place at the Fiesta Republika in Malolos, Bulacan, performed the Al Cinco de Noviembre dance, featuring Papa Isio and General Juan Araneta and the uprising against the Spaniards.

The opening day was fun with the lechon festival, 1st Mayor's Cup Sitting Volleyball, Bailes del Fuego Patik Bayan competition, Pal et Band and Sound Wave Band, Free Play Band and Vhong Navarro and Yam Concepcion entertaining the visitors at the park. They also have nightly entertainment and held a comedy night recently. Many activities are happening until the 19th of February with the Babaylan Festival.

Do visit Bago City and join in the festivities.


The La Consolacion College Bacolod School of Hospitality and Tourism Management recently held a skills competition and an open house; a tour guiding talk was held as well and mock up booths by students.


The Business, Hospitality and Tourism Management national summit, on the theme “#7NEWJUANDERS 2018: The Seven New and Enterprising Ways of Growing Philippine Tourism Awareness and Local Economies”, will be held February 20 at L'Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City.

It is a one-day creative conference that aims to showcase new, innovative, and enterprising ways on how to increase Philippine tourism awareness while building, growing, and sustaining local tourism economies across the archipelago.

The Tourism Educators and Movers of the Philippines Western Visayas is inviting all tourism students, tourism officers, and the academe to participate in the annual event. For more information, those interested may call 0949-4916105.


The Silliman University Alumni Association Inc.-Greater Bacolod Chapter is inviting all graduates of Silliman University residing in Bacolod and Negros Occidental to join the fellowship and induction of officers at the L'Sea Restaurant, 6 p.m. on Feb 23. See you there!*


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