MERGE MassKara Festival Queen 2018 Ella Mae Mercado flanked by 2nd runner-up Shane Pia (left) and 1st runner-up Jacqueline Almogen.* (Andy Alvarez photo)

Bacolod gets PCCI biz
friendly special citation

MANILA – The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry gave Bacolod City a Special Citation under the Most Business Friendly Local Government Unit highly-urbanized city category for supporting road infrastructure projects and initiatives to create more growth centers to develop micro, small, and medium enterprises.

Bacolod was among the local government units recognized by PCCI during its 44th Philippine Business Conference and Exposition at the Manila Hotel here, yesterday.

This is the second consecutive year that Bacolod has received a special citation from PCCI. Last year the city received the same award from PCCI for maintaining a 15 percent growth rate in number of new business enterprises over the years. moremoremore

NOHS student
MassKara Queen 2018

Donning her colorful festival attire, Ella Mae Mercado was crowned MassKara Festival Queen 2018 at the pageant held at the SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City, last night.

The youngest in the competition, the 17-year-old Mercado bested nine other candidates and brought home P50,000 in cash and round trip tickets to Japan and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

She was also named Ms. Congeniality, Best in Swimwear, and Best in Festival Attire together with her designer, Ronelo Mabilog. moremoremore


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Facebook’s #SheMeansBusiness
empowers women entrepreneurs

More than 120 women in Bacolod City yesterday joined the #SheMeansBusiness initiative of Facebook, in partnership with Connected Women, a global community of women entrepreneurs.

The event at O Hotel was held to empower women entrepreneurs by providing them with online marketing skills, and tools to help them start or grow their businesses, Michelle Fojas, communications manager of Facebook Philippines, said.

#SheMeansBusiness has been launched in 21 markets around the world, including the Philippines, and is designed to reach both aspiring and established women entrepreneurs through a series of workshops and online resources that will arm them with the knowledge, skills, connections, and technology required to build and grow their business, Christopher Kuzhuppilly, public policy manager of Facebook Philippines, said.