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‘Pureza’ opens to the public
at mall screening tomorrow

After the successful premiere night of “Pureza: The Story of Negros Sugar”, the first full-length documentary film on the sugar industry, a regular screening for the public is set 4 p.m. tomorrow at Cinema 3 of SM City Bacolod, a press release from organizers said yesterday.

The premiere night was attended by more than 1,000 from government, sugar industry players, the clergy, friends of the industry, members of the production team and interviewees.

Among them were Sugar Regulatory Administration administrator Gina Bautista Martin, former SRA heads Rafael Coscolluela and Rodolfo Gamboa, and Rep. Anthony Golez (Bacolod City). It was also part of the National Arts Month celebration of the mall, the press release said.

Filmed for over three years, “Pureza” by Jay Abello features more than 150 interviews with players in the sugar industry. It traces the island's turbulent history through dramatic and controversial video: lavish parties of Negros sugar barons, candid interviews with hacienderos and never-before-seen footage of Negros Island.

The film was produced by the Negros Pureza Foundation and Bonfire Productions Inc., in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and Seventh Films.

Tickets for tomorrow’s screening are at P120 each and are available at Cafe Uma with Tel. No. 709-9966, the press release added.*

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SSA batch ’87
marks silver year

Members of St. Scholastica’s Academy-Bacolod Class of 1987 held a grand reunion to mark their 25th year as Silver Jubilarians recently, a press release from the group said.

The celebration kicked off with a medical mission at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital Pediatric Ward with a magic show for the children.

The SSA, with Sr. Rebecca Maglalang, offered a morning mass in honor of the Silver and Ruby Jubilarians, after which, Benedictine medals were given to each jubilarian. The batch then gave a special tribute to their former teachers and mentors, the present faculty, administration and staff of SSA, the press release said.

The SSA batch ’88, meanwhile, hosted a luncheon homecoming event in light of the turn over ceremony with Batch ’87, and later the Batch ’87 Alumni Homecoming Dance Party took place at Sugarland Hotel.

A raffle draw was held with P100,000 as grand prize, the press release said.

Approximately 70 alumnae of batch 1987, with some coming from America, Canada, Manila and Cebu, attended the occasion.

The funds raised over the years through various activities and events were spent on six five-tonner floor-mounted and two window-type air conditioning units donated to the Maryville Hall of SSA and the rest will be used for other donations.

Plans are underway for more get-together activities and participation in the upcoming SSA events, the press release added.*

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PEMO conducts training

The Negros Occidental provincial government, through the Provincial Environment Management Office, this week spearheaded a two-day training on Forestry Law Enforcement, Assessment and Planning/Goal Setting for the Negros Island Integrated Water Resources Management Program at the Mambukal Mountain Resort, in Murcia town.

The activity aimed to train 116 qualified volunteers from selected barangays within the Ilog-Hilabangan River Basin to be designated as members of the community-based law enforcement team, a Philippine Information Agency press release said.

The volunteers gained knowledge on forestry laws and regulations issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources; acquired paralegal skills which they can use for community-based forest law enforcement; and will be deputized by the Local Chief Executives and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Simultaneous with the law enforcement training, the Council also assessed and planned pursuant to the Negros Island Integrated Water Resources Management, the press release said.

A goal setting workshop was also conducted to identify common concerns, and set specific directions and strategies for the implementation of NI-IWRM plan, the press release added.*

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SSA batch ’87 marks silver year
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