Visita Iglesia set in Bacolod
The annual Visita Iglesia, a Lenten activity of the Bacolod City Tourism Office to promote religious tourism in the city, will be conducted tomorrow, with tour and travel operators, pilgrims, Catholic devotees, and religious art lovers, as participants, a press release from the city said.
The activity, now on its 8th year, is a combined cultural tour and pilgrimage to seven shrines in Bacolod, with a guide from one shrine to another, Imogene Kana-an, city tourism officer, said in the press release.
Shrines and churches to be visited are the Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Mansilingan, St. Jude Thaddeus Shrine in Alijis, Divine Mercy in Calumangan, Sacred Heart in Lupit, Sto. Niño Shrine, Queen of Peace Church or the San Lorenzo Shrine, Our Mother of Perpetual Help, or the Redemptorist Church, then the Pope John Paul II Tower for the prayer of healing, and the San Sebastian Cathedral, for the closing prayer.
In each of the seven shrines, two Stations of the Cross will be prayed, until the 14 stations are completed. For Catholic tour participants, this is a Lenten indulgence, while for art lovers, this will be an education on sacred, religious architecture and art history, the press release said.
The tour and pilgrimage is free of charge and will start 7:30 a.m. at the Bacolod Government Center, and end at 12 noon. There will be a 12:15 p.m. mass at the cathedral that participants may opt to attend or not, the press release added.
The tour will be repeated in October for the Holy Rosary Month celebration, it added.
Those interested may visit the City Tourism Office, ground floor of the Government Center, or call 708-3066 or 434-675l for registration, the press release added.*
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40 trained vs
Forty paralegals, consisting of social workers, women police officers and non-government organizations, completed the two-day training on investigation and prosecution of cases on trafficking in persons, initiated by the Anti-Trafficking Legal Advocates Society Inc., Tuesday, a press release from the group said.
Participating agencies were the Department of Social Services and Development Bacolod City, Visayan Forum Foundation, ABS-CBN Bantay Bata, Bantay Bata Sa Kumunidad, Young Women Christian Association, Gabriela Negros, Samakana, the Bacolod City Police Office-Women and Children's Protection Desk, Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office-WCPD, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Negros Occidental, and the Bacolod Girl Scout Council.
They were identified by Atlas Inc. as partner-organizations in the training and provision of free legal services for victims of human trafficking, the press release added.*
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Medical mission helps
sugar workers in Capiz
A total of 334 sugar worker beneficiaries from the haciendas in Pontevedra town, Capiz province, small planters in nearby areas, and their families, benefited from the 110th medical dental mission of the Sugar Industry Foundation Inc., recently, a press release from the organization said.
Services included free medical consultations, dental extractions, free medicines, and a feeding for children and adult, conducted at the Jolongajog Elementary School in Pontevedra, the press release added.
Prevalent sicknesses found were upper respiratory tract infection, abdominal pain, severe cough and colds, fever and first degree malnutrition, among children; hypertension, hyperacidity, LBM, gastritis, arthritis, and anemia for adults.
The activity was participated in by Jorge Sobrepeña, project officer of Panay Area, Arlene Lozada of SIFI, representatives from the Capiz Sugar Central and LGU of Pontevedra, the medical team of Capiz Gov. Vic Tanco, and school principal Sonnie Caputi, the press release added.*
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