Daily starStarlife
Front Page
Negros Oriental
Star Business
Police Beat
Star Life
People & Events
Classified Ads
Bacolod City, PhilippinesThursday, August 30, 2012

John Orola’s big bash


Let’s face it. When party-host extraordinaire, John Orola throws a shindig, he does it with his typically flamboyant flair!

Which is exactly what he did during the fabulous dinner he tendered for the officers and members of the National Association of Independent Travel Agents, who were here recently on a familiarization tour of Bacolod City.

The affair, that was sponsored by SKAL, AERO-TOURS, VMA and the Bacolod Tourism Office, was held at the huge veranda of Metrodome which was filled with guests by the time we arrived.

On hand to welcome us were the MassKara dancers garbed in their colorful glittering costumes. Lovely ladies ushered us to our table while the pulsating sounds of the La Carlota Drumbeaters set the festive tone of the evening. Inside, giant MassKara masks were the focal point of the evening’s décor, while each table had a centerpiece of fruits and flowers. We started the evening with my favorite aperitif – a glass of margarita, chilled to perfection.

Dinner, which was catered by culinary students of VMA, was a delectable array of native and international dishes – the pasta was my favorite, of course. I could see that the guests enjoyed the culinary feast. The after-dinner program was entertaining and even exciting with performances by the VMA waiters, who thrilled us with their juggling feats. The MassKara dancers wowed the crowd with their intricate dance steps and explosive energy.

Our tablemate, Imogene Kanaan, who will soon be retiring as head of the Bacolod Tourism Office, was presented with a token by John as an outgoing gift. The highlight of the program was the raffle portion where almost all the NAITAS guests won a prize.

Kudos to the organizers for a most enjoyable dinner party. It was a blast!*

back to top

Prov’l Tourism Week
set Sept. 17-33

Negros Occidental is celebrating the Provincial Tourism Week next month, Cristine Mansinares, supervising tourism operations officer, said yesterday.

The tourism week slated on Sept. 17 to 23 aims to increase tourism awareness, promote local tourism, and to capacitate the tourism workforce in the local government units and the private sector.

Its theme is “Tourism and Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development” highlighting the importance on the cooperation and linkage of the government with the private sector and the academe in promoting local tourism, Mansinares said.

The weeklong celebration will also highlight the bio-ethanol farm in San Carlos City, Negrense Cuisine Festival, a tourist police tour guiding competition, and the AAB-Negros exhibit, she said.

Competitions like quiz bee and essay writing contests for elementary and high school students and the tour guiding competition for high school and college level are also slated, she said.

The province will also hold a tourism excellence awards ceremony and a new version of the Negros Occidental Tourism Website will be launched, she added.*LTG

back to top

CSA-B awards
19 golden jubilee alumni

Nineteen “Most Distinguished Golden Jubilee” awardees were feted by the Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod at the La Proa Ballroom of L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod in line with the St. Augustine festivities that will end tomorrow, a press release from the school said.

The awardees were Ferdinand Emmanuel Gayoles for agriculture, Severino Pacete for arts and culture, Marilyn Manuel and Jensen Moncera, science and technology; doctors Jose Joel Yap, Lorraine de los Reyes and Jose Montilla III, medicine; Ma. Theresa Severino, Sheila Mae Guitche, Eufemia Octaviano and Marie Antoinette Ortaliz, nursing; Evelyn Lastierre, Remia Tipon, Henly Pahilagao and Felicidad Altalaguere, education; and Inocencia Cabarles, Sr. Marie Concepcion Marmoleho, and Fr. Emilio Jaruda, religious life, the press release also said.

A posthumous award was given to the late Judge George Patriarca for legal arts, while past and present friar-administrators of the school were given plaques of recognition by Fr. Eusebio Berdon, prior provincial of the Augustinian Province of Sto. Niño de Cebu, who is also the chairman of the CSA-B Board of Trustees.

To coincide with the Feast Day of St. Augustine Tuesday, the golden jubilee archway was unveiled and the entire event was attended by donors and awardees. A grand alumni homecoming was held in the evening, sponsored by High School Batch 87, the Silver Jubilarians, in partnership with the Red and Gold Alumni Association, headed by Allan Gensoli, the press release also said.*

back to top

Feast of St. Augustine marked

The feast of the Solemnity of St. Augustine was marked by the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos with a concelebrated mass Tuesday, led by Fr. Constantino Real, prior of the Recoletos de Bacolod House, with Frs. Cornelio Moral, Emeterio Buñao, Walthrode Conde, Rouel Sia, and Louie Gabinete, a press release from the school said.

The mass was followed by an agape and games at the main lobby, where the yellow team of Buñao emerged as overall champion.

The school is also preparing for the University Week 2012 to be held September 5 to 10, on the theme “UNO-R: Ayer, Hoy, Siempre”, the press release also said.

This is in line with the celebration of the Centennial of Pope St. Pius X’s “Religiosas Familias”, that elevated the Augustinian Recollection to a religious order of the Catholic Church.

Other activities are a university-wide bloodletting on Sept. 7, a “Recoletos Run for Hope”, Sept. 9, and the donate-for-a-cause program. Those interested to support the program may contact the school at 433-2449 local 183, and look for Ericson Rios, Cielo Ganza or Elma Tejida, the press release added.*

Prov’l Tourism Week set Sept. 17-33
CSA-B awards 19 golden jubilee alumni
Feast of St. Augustine marked
Front Page | Opinion | Negros Oriental | Business | Sports
Star Life | People & Events| Archives | Advertise
Email: visayandailystar@yahoo.com