MERGE The 39th MassKara Festival kicked off with a festive concert by Sponge Cola at the Bacolod Government Center grounds last night*


Guv taking action
vs. rising inflation
Convening price monitoring council
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. is convening the Provincial Price Coordinating Council at the Capitol in Bacolod City this morning to find ways to mitigate the effects of soaring food prices, a business leader said yesterday.

The inflation rate in Western Visayas rose to 7.6 percent in September, an increase of 0.2 percent from 7.4 percent in August, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported on its website.

It is 0.9 percent higher than the national average of 6.7 percent. moremoremore


39th MassKara Festival kicks off
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

The opening of the 39th the MassKara Festival will be highlighted by the cutting of the anniversary cake by the officials of Bacolod City and of different sectors at the Bacolod Plaza bandstand at 6 p.m. today as the city celebrates its 80th Charter anniversary this year.

Bacolod Councilor Em Ang, festival action officer, said the bandstand was where the first inauguration was held by President Manuel L. Quezon.

Ang said the festival kicked off last night with a free concert by Sponge Cola sponsored by Philippine Airlines at the Bacolod City Government Center grounds. moremoremore

 

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3 NegOcc cities
win in Pearl Awards
BY MARK L. GARCIA

Three cities in Negros Occidental, notable for their natural attractions and colorful festivals, were recognized for their best tourism practices this year at the annual Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines-Department of Tourism (ATOP-DOT) Pearl Awards at Limketkai Lux Hotel in Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, Friday night.

The cities of Sipalay, Sagay, and Bacolod were among the national winners this year, where ATOP and DOT recognized their efforts for having the best tourism month celebrations and sports tourism attractions.

Sagay was the grand winner for the best tourism month celebration-city category, along with Bacolod that placed third, and Sipalay for best tourism event (sports).