filled with ‘surprises’
The Pulupandan town in Negros Occidental, celebrated its 95th Annual Town Fiesta February 15 with an array of fun and surprises, a press release from the municipality said.
Residents and visitors, gathered in the People’s Grandstand to join the Fiesta Variety Show, an art and musical funfest organized by the municipal government employees, it also said.
The Salapan Dance performance from a selected group of junior students of the Enriqueta Montilla Esteban Memorial High School added color to the people’s festive mood.
The first ever “Bangkarera”, a motor-powered boat race, was held along the coastal areas of the town where people from Guimaras, Panay, and nearby towns gathered to witness the event.
A mini-sportsfest also entertained sports enthusiasts of Pulupandan, and dignitaries joined Mayor Magdaleno Peña for lunch.
Among the visitors were Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr., Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer and his wife, La Carlota Mayor Juliet Ferrer, former Rep. Apolinario Lozada, Board Member Joeben Alonso, and mayors Jose Maria Alonso of Pontevedra, Alberto Nicor, Jr. of La Castellana, Frank Nazareno of Moises Padilla, Francis Malabor of Isabela, Paul Alvarez of Ilog and Isidro Zayco of Kabankalan.
The former mayor of Isabela,Renato Malabor, Quito Montilla, Felix Trebol, and former Manapla Mayor, now Executive Assistant to the Governor, Manuel Escalante III were also there, the press release said.
The occasion became more significant when, Bonifacio “Banie” Peña, the once estranged younger brother of Mayor Peña, came, with his other siblings, went to the municipal hall for a grand reunion, the press release said.
A round of applause was heard when Rep. Ferrer approached Mayor Peña and his brother Banie, to raise their hands together symbolizing that “all is well that ends well,” after all “blood is always thicker than water”, the press release also said.
The two brothers had been on unpleasant terms for the last 20 years and their reconciliation signals the union of power for a more successful Pulupandan, if not the entire province, and a balm of cure to heal long-time family wounds, the press release also said.*
USLS bares Jubillee theme
The University of St. La Salle will celebrate its Diamond Jubilee on the theme “Transforming Lives, Building Communities, Shaping Futures”, that was proposed by senior Mass Communications student Kamille Borromeo, its press release said yesterday.
The theme bested 144 entries submitted by alumni, faculty, students and staff of the university in the contest conducted recently.
The winner will receive P10,000 and a certificate for her entry, that was also used as basis for the logo design contest, the press release added.*