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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, March 2, 2018
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Negrosí stars unite for a cause


Among the highlights of the 25 th Panaad sa Negros Festival in April will be a musical play on the story of Negros Occidental that will include performances by acclaimed Negrense actors and singers.

The musical play is titled “Panaad: The Promise Fulfilled”, which is also the theme of the 25 th edition of the festival. It will be staged at the SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City with a 2 p.m. matinee and 7 p.m. gala on April 18.

It is being produced by the province of Negros Occidental and Kalipay Negrense Foundation Inc. for the rebuilding of Kalipay’s Recovered Treasures home, Ma. Lina Sanogal, provincial planning and development officer, said yesterday.

The stars of the musical play are Kuh Ledesma, Joel Torre, Ronnie Lazaro, Emcy Corteza, Audie Gemora, Vanya Castor and Carlos Sison with Jed Arboleda, Erin Martir, Fergus Martir and Dwight Gaston.

The music is written by Jose Gentica V., lyrics by Dwight Gaston and it is directed by Chris Millado.

“We are grateful to the Negros Occidental provincial government and Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. for helping us,” Anna Balcells, Kalipay president, said.

The Recovered Treasures Home in Barangay Busay, Bago is home to 86 abused, severely malnourished, orphaned and abandoned children, and victims of child trafficking and cyber sex, she said.

The Recovered Treasures building was built in 2000 with very little money and is now very rundown, with no proper ventilation, leaking roofs and no space to take in more children in need of a safe haven, Balcells added.

Kalipay hopes to be able to tear down the old building and build a safer home that can accommodate from 100 to 150 children, she said.

She said they have had to turn down children in need of help because of lack of space, which has been heartbreaking.

The 25 thPanaadsa Negros Festival will be from April 14 to 22 at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City.*CPG


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