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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, January 8, 2018

Booming San Carlos

LA VIDA NEGRENSE

The City of San Carlos once again witnessed another milestone as McDonald's opened its branch in this progressive port city of south Negros recently.

Greeting everyone a warm welcome is the company's chief happiness officer, “Ronald McDonald”, in his trademark extra-huge smile, bright yellow outfit, oversized red shoes, and red hair. It was a morning of happiness for the kids as they flocked to have photos with their favorite mascot. Also welcoming guests was restaurant manager Jose Jalandoni III.

The grand opening was well attended by main pillars in business and politics of San Carlos City. There were government officials, civic leaders, and other colorful personalities. Jetting in from Manila are the officers and management of Golden Arches Development Corp., the Philippines holding company of the restaurant. Among those seen in the event were McDonald's operations manager Roland Anacio, operations consultant Mary Grace Elizalde, project manager Francis Jerome de Jesus, and LSM assistant Bianca Abu. Representing the City of San Carlos were Mayor Gerardo Valmayor, Vice Mayor Rene Gustilo, BPLO Christina Combate, City Treasurer Amy Grace Bolivar, and CSWD Cynthia Miranda.

Under the admirable leadership of Valmayor, the once quaint city is now a booming metropolis. These past years recorded a significant increase of investor confidence, as it continues to soar to unprecedented heights. The world famous Golden Arches Development Corp, is the city's most recent investor. The newly constructed building solidifies their commitment to the people of San Carlos City that McDonald's is there to stay.

Known for its popular and hall of famer awardee Pintaflores Festival, San Carlos is located at the crossroads of Bacolod and Dumaguete, the two capital cities of the sugar producing Negros Island. San Carlos is famous for its Roro going to Cebu City. Its coastline has a deep natural harbor protected from typhoons by the island of Sipaway. The Philippine Ports Authority also included San Carlos as one of their ports in the Philippines, which is being used for Ro-Ro vessels.*

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‘Recollection'

“Recollection” was the yearend visual offering of Gallery Orange that capped a highly productive year and presented a survey of the level of crafting that the local artist community has achieved, by far.

The group exhibition included 29 artists, namely Faye Abantao, Nunelucio Alvarado, Dennis Ascalon,Moreen Austria, Neil Benavente, Karina Broce-Gonzaga, Hilario Campos III, Barry Cervantes, Charlie and Totc Co, Guinevere Decena, JayR Delleva, Daryl Feril, Frelan Gonzaga, Elwah Gonzales, Jovito Hecita, Darel Javier, Raymond Legaspi, Anika Marie Loquite, Erika Mayo, Alexandria Mesias, Tristram Miravalles, Junjun Montelibano, Alan Ong, Mikiboy Pama,Christoph Sagemuller, Susanito Sarnate, RA Tijing, and Francine Varcas.

Karina Gonzaga expressed that this exhibition is “a way of looking back and remembering the year that has been…and as a way of thanking the art community, patrons and audience who continued to support us. We look forward to another year with you, as Gallery Orange is gearing towards its 13th year.”

Charlie Co expressed his pride on the development of art careers and the opportunities extended to aspiring young artists this year.*


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