MERGE Catriona Gray (4th from left) – Miss Universe-Philippines 2018 with Samantha Bernardo – second runner up , Michelle Gumabao – Bb. Pilipinas-Globe, Eva Patalinjug – Bb. Pilipinas-Grand International, Ma. Ahtisa Manalo – Bb. Pilipinas-International, Jehza Huelar – Bb.Pilipinas-Supranational, Karen Gallman – Bb. Pilipinas-Intercontinental, and Vickie Marie Rushton from Talisay City – first runner-up (l-r).* (Bb. Pilipinas photo)


Zubiri giving P150M
for Bacolod museum
P10M set for Kabankalan airport, too
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

 

 

A P150 million museum for arts and culture will soon rise in Bacolod City, while the Kabankalan City airport is getting P10 million for its terminal, all through the efforts of Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri.

Zubiri announced the allocation of P150 million for the construction of what he called a flagship project with an impact on Bacolod City, during the turnover Saturday of a P10 million city public plaza development project, that he also funded.

The iconic multi-storey building of the Bacolod Museum of Arts and Culture, will be designed by modern architects. Its first two floors will be used as a museum and permanent display of traditional MassKara garments and masks, with top floor to be utilized as a 1,000-seater amphitheater, for cultural events, he said.moremoremore


Talisay bet Bb. Pilipinas
1st runner up
BY MARK L. GARCIA

 

Former Miss World-Philippines 2016 Catriona Gray was crowned Miss Universe Philippines, with former Lin-ay sang Negros 2009 Vickie Marie Rushton emerging as the first runner-up in this year’s Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City last night.

Gray, contestant number 20 from Albay, was a crowd favorite since the start of the competition.

Rushton, who is from Talisay City, Negros Occidental reached the final 15 among the 40 candidates who competed for Binibining Pilipinas 2018, which is considered as the Super Bowl of Philippine pageants.moremoremore

 

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Skills training, more help
eyed for Negrense OFWs
BY MARK L. GARCIA

Negrense overseas Filipino workers may avail of more skills training, development integration, and other kinds of assistance with the P50 million OFW help desks to be created all over the province this year.

This was announced by Angkla Partylist Rep. Jesulito Manalo during the opening ceremonies of the 22 nd Sinigiyan Festival in Sagay City, Negros Occidental recently, when he said he will submit the contract to Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. this week.

He said this is one of the programs in the House of Representatives Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs where he acts as the chair.