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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, July 5, 2019

Rotary club celebrates
new leadership

A first in its 24-year history, the Rotary Club of Bacolod Central celebrated its change of leadership with the Capuchin Tertiary Sisters of the Holy Family Home Foundation in Barangay Cabug, Bacolod City, recently.

Immediate past president Paul Parrocho turned over the club leadership to Meliton Sillador, executive director of Kalipay Negrense Foundation, a non-profit organization working for the causes of disadvantaged children.

In his inaugural speech, Sillador said the advocacy to empower children, especially the homeless and the abused, is very close to his heart, something that Rotary also gives premium to. He also said that it was always his desire to hold his inauguration in the community and the decision of the club to celebrate it with the girls under the care of the Capuchin sisters made it a reality.

The Holy Family Home was the beneficiary of the club’s global grant in 2004 during the term of District 3850 governor Nanette Garcia, dubbed, “Project Cares”. The grant allowed the club to provide psychological services to the home’s wards, who are sexually and physically abused. These services were sustained even after the end of the grant.

Dominique Lemay, founder and president of Virlanie Foundation, said his organization shares the same advocacy for disadvantaged children with Rotary. “In service and in our work, it is important to have the heart in everything that you do and put God in the center of things,” he stressed.

Sillador counts Lemay, who was the guest of honor and speaker during the induction rites, as one of those who continue to inspire him in his social development work.

Meanwhile, Garcia inducted into office the new set of club officers for Rotary year 2019-2020, led by Sillador. The other officers are vice president May Castro, secretary Rose Depra, treasurer Sharon Parrocho, protocol officer Gardenia de Erit, directors Toks Lopez (public image), Josephine Natalaray (The Rotary Foundation), Rolem Basiya (community service), Mate Espina (special project), Paul Parrocho (club membership), Robert Aguillon (club administration), Lulu Abelido (new generation), and Hardy Yap, president-elect.*

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Ballet lecture demo in Bacolod

A lecture demo on ballet will be initiated by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Ballet Philippines in Bacolod City on Monday, in celebration of their 50 th founding anniversary, a press release said.

The lecture demo is part of CCP’s Lakbay Sining Program under its Cultural Exchange Department, and will kick-off the BP’s concert on July 9 at the University of Saint La Salle Coliseum.

Bacolod City is one of the areas in the Visayas and Mindanao that CCP selected for its outreach tour, in partnership with the CCP Kaisa sa Sining regional arts centers, with support from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts from June 28 to July 10, the press release said.

The lecture demo will be led by associate director Ronelson Yadao, with selected members of Ballet Philippines. Apart from Bacolod, CCP outreach tours will also be held at the Luce Auditorium of Silliman University in Dumaguete City today and tomorrow. Tours were also held at the South Cotabato Gym and Cultural Center June 29, and RDR Gym in Tagum City on July 3.

The CCP’s outreach tour and BP’s dance concert are in partnership with the Negros Cultural Foundation, The Negros Museum, and University of St. La Salle Bacolod.

Negros Cultural Foundation president Lyn Gamboa said “it is a rare opportunity that we are able to bring the country’s premier dance company to perform in Bacolod City.”

Tickets are sold at P100 for the matinee show that will start 3 p.m., and P500, P300, and P100 for the gala at 6:30 p.m., all on July 9.

For more details, those interested may contact Neslie Sesbrino at 433-4764 and/or +639486800834, or visit The Negros Museum at Gatuslao Street, Bacolod City, the press release said.

The dance concert was mounted by BP founder and National Artist for Dance, Alice Reyes, and will include masterpieces from BP’s dance repertoire, like Valse Fantasie restaged by Adam Sage after Muñeca Aponte, Don Quixote Grand Pasde Deux after Petipa, Vision of Fire by Edna Vida, Moon by Kun-Yang Lin, Sama-sama by Ronelson Yadao, Pasayawa Ko Day by John Ababon, Bungkos Suite by Alice Reyes, and After Whom by Bam Damian III, and excerpts from Tales of the Manuvu, also by Alice Reyes, the press release added.*

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