MERGE The Barangay Banago float along with those of 13 other barangays drew a huge crowd during the Electric MassKara float competition in Bacolod City, last night.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)


President could visit
Bacolod later: Panelo

BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo yesterday said President Rodrigo Duterte sends his love to the people of Bacolod as they celebrate the 40th MassKara Festival.

“The president wants to convey his warm greetings and affection to the people of Bacolod and he regrets that he could not come and join the celebration of the MassKara Festival,” Panelo said

Panelo, who was in Bacolod City, said the president wanted to come for the festival as he has done in the last three years, but was advised by his doctor to slow down because of hisback pains. moremoremore


MassKara cited for boost to tourism
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

“Fun.”

This was how Tourism Undersecretary for Legal and Special Concerns Erwin Enrile described the MassKara Festival in one word, during the opening of the three-night Electric MassKara last night at the Ayala Malls Capitol Central in Bacolod City.

“The MassKara Festival is fun because that is our theme ‘It’s More Fun in the Philippines’,” he said. moremoremore

 

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P84.68 million earmarked for WV
farmers hit by low prices of palay
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The Department of Agriculture has earmarked P84.68 million for farmers in Western Visayas affected by the low prices of palay or unhusked rice, Remelyn Recoter, its Western Visayas regional director, said yesterday.

The allocation is expected to help 5,645 rice farmers in the region: 1,889 from Capiz, 1,850 each from Antique and Iloilo, 593 each from Negros Occidental and Aklan, and 150 from Guimaras, she said.

The figure is part of the P2.5 billion allocation from the national government’s Expanded Survival and Recovery Assistance p rogram , she added.