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Bacolod City, PhilippinesMonday, June 4, 2012

International affairs

LA VIDA NEGRENSE

The success of the 1st Philippine International River Summit held at the Centennial Resort Hotel and Convention Center in Iloilo City became an inspiration for others to emulate.

This milestone event was attended by President Benigno Aquino III, Senator Franklin Drilon, Secretary Mar Roxas of the DOTC, Secretary Ramon Paje of the DENR, and officials of cities and towns, including Mayor Eric Saratan of Talisay City, Negros Occidental.

With its theme “My River, My Life”, the summit was attended by delegates from the U.S.A, Canada, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Philippines and other Asian countries. All converged and discussed; shared ideas on how to safeguard the future of the environment through effective river management. Kudos to the city officials of Iloilo, headed by Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and summit chairman Felix Tiu.

After the summit, Aquino inaugurated the newest seven-storey Iloilo City Hall. History unfolded once more as Iloilo paid tribute to its former leaders. Honorary busts of the former mayors of the city were lined up as a memorial to the people whose service made Iloilo what it is today.

The event was attended by former Mayor Rosa Caram, the only remaining historical figure amongst the row of busts. The Carams’ contribution to the great city will always be remembered by those families whose lives they have touched and saved. The former mayor is the better half of the late Iloilo Congressman Nene Caram, whose father, former Governor and Dr. Fermin Caram, is the well-loved “Grand Old Man of Iloilo.”

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Onib Olmedo’s 75th birth-anniversary exhibit held in Bacolod City was well attended by society’s finest, artists, and art collectors. It was probably the biggest art event of the season. Onib was an icon in the art world, whose paintings significantly contributed to the development of arts in the Philippines.

The family of the late Onib chose Bacolod, specifically, Italia Restaurant, as the venue. Two decades ago, Onib was in Bacolod for a showing in the gallery of his friend, the late artist Lino Severino. Jetting in from Manila for the occasion were Onib’s widow, Bettina, and daughter Bambi Araneta.

Among those seen that night were Charlie Cojuangco, Ritchie Lerma, director of the Ateneo Art Gallery; Karen Lerma, president of Salcedo Auctions; and Inday Pefiangco, who was also one of those who did the ribbon cutting during Olmedo’s Bacolod art exhibit in the 80s.*

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