MERGE President Rodrigo Duterte addresses the crowd at the Bacolod Public Plaza Saturday night in presence of GSIS president and general manager Clint Aranas, Francis Tolentino, Rep. Greg Gasataya, Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino, Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Harry Roque, Bong Go, Rep. Alfredo Benitez and Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (l-r).* (Andy Alvarez photo)

Duterte cites Bacolod
for tourism, economy

President Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday he is “optimistic that with the important contributions of Bacolod City to our tourism and economic development, we will be able to achieve our hopes and aspirations for our beloved nation”.

Duterte who spoke before thousands of revelers at the 39th Masskara Festival at the Bacolod Public Plaza, said he hopes Bacolod’s annual celebration will serve as a reminder to fellow public servants and Filipinos never to hesitate in lending a helping hand and a warm smile to those in need, especially during times of calamities and distress.

The president was apparently referring to the festival’s having been born following the Don Juan tragedy, to lift the spirits of the people of Bacolod. moremoremore

Tangub street dancing champion

Barangay Tangub was hailed the grand champion of the MassKara Festival Street and Arena Dance Competition, one of the festival highlights of the MassKara Festival at the Bacolod City Public Plaza last night.

Tangub bested 13 other barangays participating in the competition, including last year’s champion, Barangay 18, with its original music and dance highlighting the 80th birthday of Bacolod City.

The performance of the 60 dancers from the winning barangay was choreographed by Segundo Jesus Cabalcar Jr., the most decorated choreographer in MassKara Streetdancing, as he now owns 22 championship trophies. moremoremore


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His third MassKara visit
Behind the scenes
Greater fidelity, responsibility


Benitez to recommend direct
importation of rice in NegOcc

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) yesterday said he will recommend the direct importation of rice by the Negros Occidental provincial government to bring down prices.

The president has actually relaxed restrictions on the importation of rice, he said.

“Maybe we can convince the governor to initiate importation by the province to bring rice directly to Negros,” he said.

This would probably bring down prices of rice to P27 to P30 a kilo, he said.