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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, March 14, 2007
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Guv turns
over GAD funds

Gov. Joseph Maraņon turned over P27,750,000 to 12 sectoral organizations at the Stakeholders' Summit on the theme "Mainstreaming GAD Stakeholders in Local Development Process" by the Gender and Development Focal Team, held at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center in Bacolod City recently, a Capitol press release said.

The Negros Occidental Scholarship Program, with 369 grantees, received P16,370,000. The scholars are under six categories: Pagkaon Scholarship Grant, District Educational Scholarship, Negros Occidental Medical and Nursing Scholarship, Provincial Educational Assistance for Capitol Employees, Best of Negros Scholarship and the Vocational/Technical Scholarship Grant.

Other recipients were the Barangay Nutrition Scholars Provincial Federation -- P4,580,000; Inter-Local Health Zones -- P2.4 million; Negros Occidental Development Center for Women and Children crisis situations -- P2.2 million; Empowerment and Reaffirmation of Paternal Abilities Training with close to 5,000 father-members -- P700,000; Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines-Provincial Federation with over 15,000 members in 269 chapters provincewide -- P500,000; Provincial Council for Women -- P400,000; Provincial Youth Development Council -- P300,000; Day Care Workers Provincial Federation and the Indigenous Peoples Consultative Body -- P100,000 each; and P50,000 each for the newly-funded Rural Improvement Club as well as the Farm Youth Development Program or 4H Club.

Present at the activity were Interior and Local Government regional director Evelyn Trompeta, Estela Paredes from the National Economic Development Authority, GAD Focal Person from the Department of Budget and Management Edgar Javison, GAD action officer Board Member Corazon Diploma, and GAD Focal Team members, the press release added.*

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Concert to promote jazz music
appreciation among Negrenses

The Jazz Society of Negros will bring to Bacolod City its second fund-raising concert called "Jazzworks," 9 p.m. Friday at the Sugarland Hotel Ballroom.

The project will be co-presented by the Nicholas V. Lizares Audio System whose founder, the late Nicholas "Nick" Lizares, opened doors for struggling jazz musicians and advocated jazz appreciation in Negros, a press release from event organizers said.

It also said that Negrenses will be treated to the coolest jazz act this summer as Manila's leading jazz session artists team up to perform predominantly Latin-influenced and contemporary pop jazz pieces, a deviation from the repertoire of the first JSN-produced concert.

"Jazzworks" will bring together Lynn Sherman on vocals, Ria Villena-Osorio - keyboards, Colby de la Calzada - bass, Koko Bermejo - drums, Tonet Lipana - guitars, Alvin Cornista - sax, and Bo Razon whose infectious percussion playing will bring about a fresh take on the 70's and 80's jazz classics like Stevie Wonder's "Overjoyed," Ronnie Laws' "Friends and Strangers," "Shaker Song", and "One Note Samba," the press release said.

The show will benefit The Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization committed to protecting the Danjugan Island in Barangay Bulata, Cauayan, Negros Occidental, and sustaining the field research and education center for marine and wildlife conservation.

Part of the proceeds will also go to the establishment of a scholarship grant for aspiring musicians.

Those interested may call call Mia Gonzaga at Tel. No. 446-1704 for ticket inquiries.* Lynn Sherman*

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Research training held

The Asia-Pacific Student Services Association, Institute of Student Affairs held a training course on Research in Student Affairs Work at the Bayview Park Hotel in Manila recently, a UNO-R press release said.

University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos in Bacolod City officials Fr. Joel Alve, OAR, Vice President-Student Welfare and Carlos Eduardo Legaspi Jr., of the Dean of Student Affairs were among the participants.

Dr. Allan de Guzman of the University of Sto. Thomas, the resource speaker, discussed new trends in making publishable research papers, organizing related literature using Reconnaissance, among other topics, the press release added.*

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Concert to promote jazz music appreciation among Negrenses
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