MERGE It was a colorful start to the campaign period in Barangay Estefania, Bacolod City, yesterday* (Dudz Samillano photo)


Colorful campaign begins
Violators warned of imprisonment, disqualification
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ & CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

The barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections campaign was off to a colorful and lively start in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City yesterday.

Barangay walls quickly filled up with campaign materials before dawn broke and motorcades with smiling candidates waving from vehicles hit many streets in the morning.

Other candidates were also seen on foot, making house to house stops, handing out handbills. The campaign period ends at midnight of May 12. moremoremore


Russian tourism ties seen
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO & CARLA P. GOMEZ

Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev yesterday said he sees great potential for stronger Russian ties with Negros Occidental and Bacolod City, especially in the tourism industry.

The ambassador also said he believes it is time to create sister ties between Bacolod and an interested city in Russia.

Khovaev, who will be the guest of honor during the launching of the first Bacolod Chicken Inasal Festival today, said he sees a potential for cooperation in the field of energy, arts and culture, and tourism industry. moremoremore

 

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‘Pala-pala’ stall owners ask
Marañon’s help to relocate
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Stall owners of the “original pala-pala” at San Juan Street, Barangay 6, Bacolod, are appealing to Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. for assistance in finding a relocation site after an order was issued for them to vacate the area they are now in by May 15.

The 50 stall owners said they received a letter recently from the governor dated April 10 to vacate the premises of their stalls and eateries by May 15 to allow Dynamic Builders to complete its construction of the Negros First Food Terminal Market.

In an open letter to the governor, the stall owners said they are occupants of the area known as the “original pala-pala” that the people of Bacolod and Negros Occidental, and tourists visit for their fish tinola and other sea food dishes.