MERGE A grand fireworks display dubbed “Symphony of Lights and Sparks” capped the first day of the 14th BacoLaodiat Festival*

Let’s see Bacolod soar
to highest heights: Bing

Mayor Evelio Leonardia called for harmony and peace to enable Bacolod City to soar to its highest heights at the opening of the 14th BacoLaodiat Festival, which was highlighted by a Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra concert in front of the Bacolod City Government Center, last night.

This could be the grandest BacoLaodiat Festival ever in Bacolod City with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) performing on the opening night, he said.

"What l love the most here is the symbolism that we are showing to our people - that our growth and development is not just about the economy, the infrastructure, our resiliency, our government efficiency, and economic dynamism – but this is about the soul of the Bacolodnons. This is about the arts, culture and music," he said. moremoremore

Cops ready murder raps vs. rebels

The police are set to file murder charges against suspected New People’s Army rebels behind the death of a village watchman in Brgy. Carol-an, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.

Supt. Jonel Guadalupe, Kabankalan City police officer-in-charge, said yesterday that some of the assailants of barangay tanod Cornelio Morales, also a member of an Indigenous People group, have already been positively identified, with the help of an eyewitness, after pictures of some NPA rebels were shown to him.

Morales succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds, after he was shot and killed by the rebel suspects, who were armed with AK-47 and M-16 assault rifles, in front of his daughter, and neighbors while he was resting at a waiting shed on Tuesday. moremoremore


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Teachers, youth leaders to benefit
from 3-year leadership trainings

The Ayala Foundation Inc. and the city government of Talisay in Negros Occidental launched yesterday the Leadership Communities (LeadCom) and Centex training programs, that will benefit 30 public elementary school teachers, 10 youth school leaders, and community-based and youth organizations.

Joanna Duarte, Ayala Foundation senior director for Operations, said the LeadCom project will train and empower community-based youth groups and organizations, by helping them design and implement relevant projects that will address pressing problems in their respective communities.

In tandem with the Department of Education-Division of Negros Occidental, the Talisay City government also forged a partnership with Ayala Foundation Inc. for the development and implementation of the Centex Training Institute.