MERGE It’s that magical time of the year again when Bacolod artist and designer Bamboo Tonogbanua brings joy to all those who visit his miniature village filled with thousands of tiny objects that bring the festive spirit of Christmas around the world alive.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

Aunt driven by hate
kills 5-year-old niece

Hatred and revenge drove a 23-year-old suspect to kill her 5-year-old niece in Pontevedra, Negros Occidental, Wednesday night, the police said yesterday.

Capt . Rhojn Darell  Nigos, Pontevedra police chief, said that the 5-year-old child was found in a creek in Brgy. Miranda, Pontevedra, at about 9 p.m. Wednesday several hours after she was reported missing.

Nigos said their investigation showed that the minor, whose identity has been withheld, was strangled and drowned in the creek by the suspect, who, ironically, was her aunt. moremoremore

Another child dies in fire

A 5-year-old boy is the seventh fire fatality in a span of three days in Bacolod City, after another fire hit four houses in Purok Sigay, Barangay 2, at about 5:32 a.m. yesterday.

The victim was Raniel Macapal, who was left at the second floor of the house owned by Belinda Cuadra, where the fire started, Bacolod Fire Marshal Chief Insp. Publio Ploteña said yesterday.

Cuadra is the cousin of Macapal’s mother, who was not in the area when the fire broke out. moremoremore


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3rd District farmers
get P6M in rice seeds

Farmers from the Third District of Negros Occidental received P6.13-million in rice seeds Wednesday under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) program .

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and Rep. Francisco Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) led the turnover rites at Victorias City. They were joined by Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, and other local officials.

A total of 4,033 bags were given to the farmers in the district.