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120 high school students
get DOST scholarships

A total of 297 high school students, 120 of them from Negros Occidental, have qualified for the scholarship program of the Department of Science and Technology Western Visayas, Allan Francis Dara-ug, director of DOST-Negros, said yesterday.

Dara-ug said DOST is offering two scholarships, one under Republic Act 7687 or the Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994, and the DOST-Science Education Institute Merit Scholarship.

He said Negros Occidental has the highest number of passers in Region VI. Iloilo has 109 passers; Aklan, 27; Capiz, 24; Antique, 14; and Guimaras two.

Scholars under RA 7687 will have subsidized tuition and other school fees, and will receive book allowance and monthly stipend; while the DOST-SEI Merit scholars will have the same benefits, except that the monthly allowance will depend on the socio-economic status of the family.

Passers can enroll in any DOST-accredited state college or university and must prioritize science courses such as applied physics, applied mathematics, biology, agricultural engineering, agriculture, agricultural chemistry, agricultural biotechnology, biochemistry, ceramics engineering, chemistry with materials science and engineering, chemical engineering, and chemistry with applied computer system, Dara-ug said.

Those who passed will be notified by mail, or applicants can call DOST-Negros at 707-0170 or visit www.sei.dost.gov.ph to know the result of the scholarship qualification.*LTG

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Mother of Life nat’l convention
to be held April 16-20 in Talisay

Mother of Life graduates from all over the Philippines will again meet for their 13th national convention, April 16-20, at the Bukal ng Tipan Mission Center, in Talisay City, Negros Occidental with the MOLians of the Diocese of Bacolod hosting the event for the first time.

Dubbed “MOL @ 45: Ka-trip sang mga Pamatan-on”, the activity aims to gather alumni from the country and abroad to take part in the convention to celebrate and thank God for the Center’s 45 years of serving the Church and the community, a press release from organizers said.

The Center was established by Venerable Marie Eugene of the Child Jesus, who will also be given a tribute in the convention. The gathering will also be a venue for alumni to bond and share experiences; and to plan for the 50th anniversary of the Center, the press release added.

The celebration will kick-off with a performance by the 2011 Masskara Dance champion, while Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra will celebrate mass in the morning of the second day. The event will include talks and fora, and also side-trips and tours of Bacolod and neighboring places. A cultural show at the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Auditorium will end the convention, the press release said.

The MOL Center is a graduate school for catechists and religious education teachers based in Novaliches, Quezon City. It has been a haven for integral formation of students, who wish to be of service to the Church, as teachers and catechists; and is run by the Notre Dame de Vie community, the press release said.

For applications and scholarships inquiries, those interested may contact Feddy Junsay Jr. at 433-9760, the press release added.*

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‘Balay Silay’ is
Hall of Famer

‘Balay Silay,’ or the Silay City pavilion at the Panaad Park, was declared a Hall of Famer in the ongoing 19th Panaad sa Negros Festival, a press release from the city said.

Cristine Manzinares, Negros Occidental provincial tourism officer, said “Balay Silay” has been a consistent “Best Destination Pavilion” champion from 2009 to 2011, and is exempted from the competition this year.

The special features of the pavilion include the ambience of the turn-of-the-century Silay, chronology of important events, and festival costume display with guided tours facilitated by Gerle Sulmaca, Francess Dane Cobrado, Nathalie Porsalida and the tourism volunteers from La Consolacion College, the press release said.

It is managed by Neil Solomon Locsin, consultant for historical research; Achilles Corteza, of the Cultural Affairs Office; and Marissa Montelibano, the president of Hugyaw Silay Inc., the press release also said.

Mayor Jose Montelibano said that the fixing of the pavilion is through the collective efforts of Silaynons, who suggested how to improve it every Panaad Festival, the press release added.

With its elevation to the Hall of Fame, Silay City can only compete in the search for Best Food Security Corner and the Best Festival Costume competition, the press release said.*

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workshops slated

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Produksyon Tramontina Inc. will conduct Bacollywood workshops at the Orange Gallery, from April 16 to May 5, a press release said.

Director Peque Gallaga will teach film appreciation to train students on a holistic approach to viewing films; Lawrence Fajardo will handle film editing, with focus on creative post-production process for independent filmmakers; Manny Montelibano on film production, it added.

Cinematographer Anne Monzon will teach the principles and techniques in manipulating the camera to tell a story; sound designer Paolo Lindaya the role of sound in the filmmaking process and how sound impacts and is used to enhance and enrich the film; while makeup designer Carlos Durana will cover materials and technique, special-effects and prosthetics makeup for film.

There will also be courses on basic and advance acting, theatre improvisations, as well as a curatorial workshop, to be handled by Lisa Chikiamco, that will focus on conceptualizing exhibitions through different methods, the press release added.*


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People & Events
Mother of Life nat’l convention to be held April 16-20 in Talisay
‘Balay Silay’ is Hall of Famer
Bacollywood workshops slated

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