MERGE WINNER. Barangay Pahanocoy’s Okoy-Okoy Festival was the overall champion in the 1st Halandumon Festival street and arena dance competition at the Bacolod City Government Center football field in Bacolod City, yesterday.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Charter countdown tonight
Pahanocoy Halandumon champion

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia is inviting Bacolodnons to witness the “biggest and most extravagant” fireworks show in Bacolod City at midnight today after the countdown to the first June 18 CharterDay celebration.

That is when the City of Bacolod marks its very first Charter Day celebration on June 18. For the past 80 years, the city celebrated the Charter Day every October 19, he said yesterday.

Leonardia said the fireworks were donated by the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. (BREDCO). moremoremore

Go helps Brgy 2 fire victims

Senator-elect Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go yesterday visited the fire victims of Barangay 2 in Bacolod City, who are temporarily staying at the Andres Bonifacio Elementary School 2, to deliver cash assistance and grocery packs donated by private entities.

Go also requested the different government agencies like the Department of Social Services and Development, Department of Health, National Housing Authority, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, among others, to extend immediate assistance to the fire victims.

He said the NHA will help them avail of affordable housing programs, while a bank will also be providing livelihood assistance. moremoremore


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1st rum fest in Bacolod set August

MANILA - Tanduay Distillers Inc. Saturday announced that it would sponsor Bacolod’s first Rum Festival, a week-long celebration that seeks to highlight the local sugarcane industry.

“Tanduay has always taken pride in the hard work and craftsmanship of the Filipino. Through the Tanduay Rum Festival, we join the city of Bacolod in giving a toast to the men and women who have made the sugarcane industry what it is today and they are a huge part in Tanduay’s success,” Paul Lim, chief marketing officer of Tanduay Distillers Inc., said in a press briefing.

The festival will be held from Aug. 17 to 24. It will start with an open kitchen competition and a mixology contest where participants will cook dishes and mix cocktails using rum.