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.*
Cadiz Dinagsa Queen
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.*