MERGE Lawyer Edward Cuansing, Noe Destajo, senators Cynthia Villar and Grace Poe, City Administrator John Orola, councilors Bart Orola Sr. and Em Ang, Tutay Corral (l-r, front row); Bobby Rojas, senators Sonny Angara, Richard Gordon, Nancy Binay and Joseph Victor Ejercito, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, senators Manny Pacquiao, Juan Miguel Zubiri, and Francis Escudero, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, and Bart Orola Jr. (l-r, back row) at the Senate after the unanimous approval of the June 18 holiday*

‘20-0 vote says it all’
Senate approves June 18
as Bacolod Charter Day


The Senate yesterday unanimously approved on third and final reading House Bill No. 7044 that declares June 18 as a special non-working holiday in Bacolod City, to be known as “Bacolod City Charter Day,” Senator Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara said.

Angara told the DAILY STAR that, as chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, he sponsored House Bill No. 7044 authored by Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya in the Senate.

He said the approved bill declares June 18 as Bacolod City's Charter Day, while recognizing the celebration of the city's inauguration every October 19, and the MassKara Festival every fourth Sunday of October. moremoremore

New fuel price hike
killing us – drivers

A leader from the transport sector in Negros Occidental has expressed hopelessness, while a business leader says he has already felt an eroding income from the fast craft industry as the streak in increases of fuel prices continues for the fifth consecutive week.

Oil companies in the country will increase petroleum product prices by P0.65 per liter today. This is the fifth consecutive week that these companies are implementing price hikes.

Shell, Flying V, Caltex, and SEAOIL will increase their gasoline, diesel, and kerosene prices by P0.65 per liter. moremoremore


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Kiosks at MassKara Festival
site at BGC grounds sold out

All kiosks at the MassKara Festival site B at the Bacolod Government Center grounds were sold out within 30 minutes on the first day of application for kiosks for the 2018 MassKara Festival yesterday, a press release from the organizer said.

As of 5 p.m. yesterday, 54 of the 113 units at the Festival Site A in the public plaza were also sold.

People started lining up as early as Friday afternoon to get first crack at the available kiosks. Applications were and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.