MERGE MAINTENANCE. Central Negros Electric Cooperative maintenance work on its feeder at Rodriguez Avenue, Barangay 35, Bacolod City, caused a whole-day power outage in some areas yesterday* (Roger Beltran photo)


Locsin put self, country
to shame, bishop says

BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

“He puts not just himself but his country to shame.”

That was the reaction yesterday of Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon to Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin Jr.’s calling Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Romulo Valles a “moron” in a “white Mu-Mu”.

Locsin, who on November 5 was named an Outstanding Negrosanon in public service, was reported to have slammed Valles in a Tweet after the latter urged Catholics to pray for Vice President Leni Robredo when she accepted the position as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs. moremoremore


‘Neg. Occ. next culinary destination’
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

For the three Filipino chefs based in the United States, the “distinct” Negrense food will make Negros Occidental the next culinary destination in the world.

Tom Cunanan of the famed Washington, DC’s Bad Saint, who is also the 2019 James Beard Awards’ Best Chef for the Mid-Atlantic; Charles Olalia, owner and manager of Ma’am Sir, one of GQ’s Magazine’s Best New Restaurants in America for 2019; and Grant Tabura, host of food show “Cooking Hawaiian Style”, and winner of Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race,” were in the province for two days for the “Chefs’ Food Trip Project,” of the Department of Tourism, a two-week tour around the country’s most popular culinary destinations.

During their Negros Occidental leg, the three chefs went around the local markets, organic farms, and tourist sites on Friday, and held a symposium, called “DOT x WOFEX University Fun Food Talks Negros,” and cooking demonstrations at the Negros Residences in Bacolod on Saturday. moremoremore

 

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Villar, Dar expected at Organic Fest
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

Senator Cynthia Villar and Agriculture Secretary William Dar are expected to headline the 14th edition of the Negros Island Organic Farmers’ Festival that will kick off Wednesday at the Provincial Capitol grounds in Bacolod City.

Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo, Remelyn Recoter, Department of Agriculture-Western Visayas director, and Jennifer Chang, executive director of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements-Asia, are also expected to join Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer in the opening rites of the four-day festival.

The event, with the theme “Organic is love, integrity, fairness, and ecology”, is expected to gather industry stakeholders including farmers, producers, and exhibitors while lectures and sessions on various organic agriculture topics are also slated.