MERGE HOLIDAY SPIRIT. It’s Christmas again in front of the house of contractor Jerry Sy at 18th Street behind the Colegio de San Agustin in Bacolod City where displays like this have attracted crowds for several years now.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)


VG: Duterte land reform plan
for Negros needs clarification
THERE’S NO FEUDALISM HERE, GOVERNOR SAYS
BY MARK L. GARCIA & GILBERT P. BAYORAN

“There is no feudalism in Negros.”

This was the statement of Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday on President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to place Negros Island under land reform to address the “prevailing feudalism” in the province.

In an interview during the opening of the Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival yesterday, Marañon said that the province has already been undergoing land reform and there is no need for another one. moremoremore


‘Heartware’ tourism urged
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

While its competitors are going after huge congresses, the Philippines should start focusing on its culture, which is its strength, in order to increase tourists arrivals while strengthening its infrastructure.

Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Chief Operating Officer Marie Venus Tan yesterday said that while its competitors have the hardware, the Philippines has the “heartware” to increase tourist arrivals through the meetings, incentive travel, conventions and exhibitions/events (MICE) industry.

“This is our competitive advantage because travel is all about emotions. MICE is all about travel. We build on that strength of the Filipino to bring them here, regardless of whether we have the capability of huge infrastructures,” Tan said during a press conference at the opening of the 3-day MICE Conference yesterday at the SMX Convention Center that was attended by about 500 travel operators, events organizers and other stakeholders in the tourism industry. moremoremore

 

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Capitol awards 84 farmers,
groups for best practices
BY MARK L. GARCIA

The Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival started yesterday with the provincial government recognizing about 84 farmers and organizations for their best practices in organic farming.

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. led the awarding, together with provincial government officials and guests, at the provincial Capitol grounds in Bacolod City, to kick off the four-day event that will end on Dec. 1.

The awardees were given plaques, certificates of recognition, and cash.