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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, March 15, 2018
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Sinigayan Festival opens

The 22 nd Sinigayan Festival, slated today until March 19 on the theme “Saving Mother Nature...for us and for the future generation”, will kick off with a grand opening parade, led by Mayor Alfredo Marañon III and Vice Mayor Narciso Javelosa Jr., its press release said.

Sagaynons, guests and all participants will converge at the Sagay City public plaza for the opening program, with Rep. Jesulito Manalo (Angkla Partylist) as guest of honor and speaker. Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva (Neg. Occ., 2 nd District) and Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. will also deliver their messages, while Primitivo Rivera Jr., president of the Sinigayan Foundation Inc., will declare the 22 nd Sinigayan Festival open.

The opening of festival villages, such as the Bugay Sagay Agro-Aqua, Dagway Sagay Arts and Culture, and the Tali-ambong Food and Entertainment, and livestock and poultry animals exhibit and the drum and lyre competition will follow at the City Plaza. In the afternoon, major activities are the 2018 “Libhub” Sagay at the Tali-ambong Food and Entertainment, Static Display of Ammunitions, SAF/Philippine Army. In the evening, there will be an opening night Sinigayan 2018 concert at the plaza.

Tomorrow, the Adlaw sang Kabataan will be conducted at the city plaza with Museo Sang Bata Sa Negros. At 8 p.m., the search for Sinigayan Queen 2018 will be presented by the Sagay “Sigay” Jaycees, also at the plaza.

Saturday is intended for various activities of DepEd, including the turnover and inauguration of school buildings in different school sites. DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones will be represented by Undersecretary for Administration, Alain Del Pascua, as keynote speaker during the “Harvest for Excellence” awarding rites at the city gymnasium. In the evening is DepEd Stakeholders Night at Balay Kauswagan with Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri as guest of honor, the press release said.

During the highlight on Monday, a concelebrated mass at the Parish New Church will be held with Most Rev. Gerardo Alminaza, bishop of the Diocese of San Carlos, as the main celebrant. In the afternoon, the street dancing competition will be held, with five clustered barangays competing for top prizes.

Various sports, religious, arts and culture, livestock and poultry fair exhibit, agricultural, and other entertainment activities will also be conducted during the weeklong festivity, the press release added.*

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Panaad dance contest set

A more spectacular festival dance competition will be showcased by the various cities and municipalities of Negros Occidental, to promote the Negrense local culture and arts, and as one of the highlights of the weeklong 25 th Panaad sa Negros Festival next month, a press release from Capitol said.

The dance entries will depict the unique character of each of the town’s festival in a colorful and jubilant presentation, depending on their theme or concept.

Dancers will perform at the Panaad stage with a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 50 members; the performance is limited to a maximum five minutes.

The dance competition will be judged according to choreography (relevance to the theme, clarity of ideas presented and composition) – 30 percent; performance (mastery, unity and precision, skills and technique, discipline, dynamics) – 30 percent; theme/concept (depicts the unique character of the festival) – 25 percent; and production design (costume, hand props, visual impact) – 15 percent.

Among the famous festivals of Negros Occidental are La Castellana’s Bailes de Luces, La Carlota City’s Pasalamat, Kabankalan City’s Udyakan, San Enrique’s Bulang-bulang, Cadiz City’s Dinagsa, San Carlos City’s Pintaflores, Bago City’s Babaylan, Escalante City’s Manlambus, Sagay City’s Sinigayan, Cauayan’s Lubay-lubay, Victorias City’s Kadalag-an, Ilog’s Kisi-kisi, Himamaylan’s Himaya-an, and Murcia’s Tinabuay, the press release added.*

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Art Sale on

About 50 local artists join the Art Sale at the main atrium of SM City-Bacolod, that opened yesterday and will run until March 23.

The mini gallery inside the mall featured exceptional works of art in various mediums, themes and topics of participating artists from January to March. The changing exhibits allowed over 50 artists to exhibit their works of art and offer them for sale to the public. In return, patrons are able to peruse the works of favorite artists, and even discover new talent, at their frequently visited dining, shopping, and entertainment center, May Castro of SM Bacolod said.

Art Rules also held a series of workshops for mallgoers who wanted to learn and reap the benefits of painting and creating, Castro said.

This week, Art Rules comes to a close, in a finale dubbed the Art Sale. The 10-day show features more than 1,000 art pieces for sale.

The participating artists include Bea Zayco-Lacson, Macy Zayco, Leah Divino-Samson, Guia Flores, Jane Martinez, Yara Sevilleno, artists of the Art Association of Bacolod-Negros, Ramon delos Santos, Fred Orig, Pneuma Lorenzo, Herman Halili, Leonardo Mino, Rafael Paderna, Rodney Martinez, Bogie Alvarado;

Artists of the Martinez Arthaus, Ihvonie Sevilleno, Dennis Valenciano, Beto Tiano, Christoph Sagemuller, Anika Marie Loquite, Jenina Benitez, Ian Valladarez, Sony Golez, Kate Lyka Doromal, Raymond Justado, Apple Apawan, Erika Velasco, Angela Marie Alcala, Meryl Mae Ong, Stephanie Hilado-Lindaya, Kara Leonardia, Yesha Qua, Denise Uytiepo, Jenevieve Abeto, Geraldine Limsiaco, Lois Bernardino, Angelico Abo, Angel Barnuevo, Angelica Caceres, Jun Dioce, and more.*CGS


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