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Bacolod City, PhilippinesTuesday, January 3, 2012

A New Year’s eve
spectacular show


Welcome Year 2012! Happy Year of the Dragon!

May God’s blessings of peace and happiness dwell in our hearts, homes, and offices.

During the last week of the year 2011, and the early days of 2012, big celebrations were held to welcome the new year. The very memorable countdown at the Bacolod Government Center was attended by thousands of Bacoleños and Negrenses who watched and participated; some people stayed up to early Sunday, the first day of January 2012. Thousands more were glued to their TV sets watching the spectacles of lights, fireworks and countdown to 2012.

Also holding fireworks displays to welcome the new year were the cities of Bago and Talisay.

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Last Wednesday “Fresh Start” opened its organic and natural store at Robinsons Place City Walk. It is owned by young and energetic couple Ramon “Chin-Chin” Uy Jr. and his wife Francine Maranon Uy, who are both organic food advocates. In 2005, the couple started on at 2500 square meter area, converting waste into organic fertilizer.

Today, it operates several organic farms food, and personal care production facility, marketing and distribution of organic and natural products. Cutting the ceremonial ribbon were Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Roberto Jalandoni, and Ramon Uy. Friends and relatives attended the occasion.

After the blessing and cutting of ribbon, merienda was held and everybody enjoyed the healthy organic menu served.

Remember: God provide the armour to withstand temptation, but we must put it on. To know God, put a song in your heart and a smile on your face.*

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Sea turtle set free

After spending Christmas day in a fish pen at Brgy. Balaring, Silay City, a 45-kilo sea turtle was freed and returned to its habitat, a Silay City press release said.

Silay City Mayor Jose Montelibano spearheaded the return of the sea turtle with Councilor Ireneo Celis and members of Silay City’s Bantay Dagat.

The turtle was trapped in the fish pen of fisherman Rolando Junio, who captured it on December 26, and turned it over to the custody of the Bantay Dagat. It was released to the sea Friday, 12 kilometers away from the shoreline, the press release said.

The olive green sea turtle is the latest addition to the long list of turtles found in Silay and returned to their natural habitat, Montelibano said.  He added that Balaring fishermen who captured sea turtles are already aware that these animals belong to the endangered species, and must be returned to the sea after being documented by the local government, and tagged by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the press release added.*         

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Cadiz Dinagsa Queen
candidates chosen

The city government of Cadiz, Negros Occidental, has chosen eight official candidates for Dinagsa Queen 2012, to highlight the Cadiz City 38th Dinagsa Festival on January 22 to 29, a press release from Cadiz said.

The candidates are Herme Rose Salazar, Jesslou Cornito, Joana Diane Magbanua, Kimberly Dingcong, Janeth Drawa, Rachel Ann Sanchez, Shermen Rose Perez, and Jennybeb Bedejo.

The talent competition will be held January 26, and pageant night on January 27, 7 p.m., at the Don Bernardo Benedicto Community Center, the press release added.*

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Sea turtle set free
Cadiz Dinagsa Queen candidates chosen
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