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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, January 15, 2018

Fireworks spectacle


It was a grand fireworks' spectacle for the City of Bago as thousands of revelers converged in this progressive city, south of Bacolod, on New Year's Night.

Under the leadership of Bago City Mayor Nicholas Yulo and Vice Mayor Ramon Torres, the annual Lights of Bago was again a superb event that will forever remain as fond memories for everyone, who personally experienced this once-a-year grandeur.

This year's fireworks surpassed last year's event, and lighted up the skies as never before imagined. Capturing these moments through the lenses of their cameras were dozens of professional and amateur photographers. Frozen in time was the memory of the splendid event.

The awarding ceremony of the best photos that captured the essence of the moment was held at Robinsons Place Bacolod Friday.

Top five winners in the mobile category were Jannine Virgo, Ken Andrei Cezar, Jenine Arnido, Chelen Villanueva, and Julie Jan Pahilanga.

In the conventional category where participants used digital cameras, the winners were Toni Rose Burgos – grand prize, Quino Yao - second place, and Erwin Lim - third. All the winners received gift certificates and cash prizes.*

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Onse Coffee + Art

Onse Coffee + Art is a newly opened artist-run art space designed as an art hub, a café, and an artist souvenir shop, located at Art District 2 in Lopue's Mandalagan, Bacolod. Store hours are 1-10 p.m., Monday to Saturday.

The intention is to put up a place wherein artists and art patrons can come in and strike a conversation over coffee. Within the well-appointed interior are a wealth of original artworks and artists' merchandise that are accessible enough for gifts and souvenirs. The space is open for creative activities and is perfect as venue for workshops, art talks, local music, and film events.

Karina Gonzaga shared that this initially started with six artists and an idea.

“Alan Ong, Charlie Co, Junjun Montelibano, Frelan Gonzaga, Karina Broce-Gonzaga, and Roderick Tijing were collaborating on a painting for a fundraising event (Art Tabang) in Cebu. After the success of that endeavor, it was suggested by the artists, with strong encouragement from Charlie Co, to once again collaborate especially after they found how easy it was to work together.

The following month, two canvases were prepared for the second collaboration and more artists were included. That day at Gallery Orange, 11 artists arrived with their paints and brushes to create two 5x5-foot painting, titled “Exodus” by Charlie Co, Barry Cervantes, Darel Javier, Hilario Campos III, JayR Delleva, and Jovito Hecita; and the other was called “Ladder of Dreams” by Alan Ong, Charlie Co, JunjunMontelibano, Frelan Gonzaga, Karina Broce-Gonzaga and Roderick Tijing.” The proceeds of those two works became the seed capital for Onse.*

Onse Coffee + Art

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