ink usufruct deal
Superintendent Rizalino Tortosa, of the Department of Education–Negros Occidental Schools Division, and Modesto Sa-onoy, Negrense historian and journalist, have signed a deed of usufruct, for a public high school to be constructed on the writer’s property in Brgy. Enclaro, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental.
The signing was witnessed by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. at the Capitol Wednesday, a press release from the province said.
Under the deed, the 10,000 square-meter lot shall exclusively be used as site of a public high school, office and other structures necessary for the administration of the school and other educational purposes, the press release also said.
It also stated that the school shall be put up by DepEd within two years from the effectivity of the usufruct, and that it shall be named after former Rep. Augurio Marañon Abeto, the press release added.*
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New arts gallery to open
A new art gallery called “Galleria Verde”, will open with a group show on May 6, at the Robinsons Cybergate, in Brgy. Singcang, Bacolod City, a press release from organizers said.
The first exhibit called "PAGbuskag" will feature the works of the Prima Art Group, an organization of visual artists from Bacolod, Silay, Iloilo and Manila. Various visual art pieces, including wall paintings, wood sculptures and reliefs, that symbolize the mayflowers theme of the exhibit will be showcased, the press release also said.
The gallery is owned by artist Maria Roselyn Solinap. Opening reception will be at 6 p.m. on Sunday, and members of the group will perform sound art and dance numbers. An installation art will also be assembled by artist-member Mel Araneta.
Proceeds will be for the benefit of Lingkod E.R. Foundation, an organization that gives support to indigent patients in the emergency rooms of hospitals, the press release added.*
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barangays honor Navarra
Members of the Basic Ecclesial Communities and barangay officials in Bacolod City honored Bishop Vicente Navarra, in what they called an extended celebration of the 50th anniversary of Navarra’s ordination into the priesthood, a press release from Adsum said.
The BECs said the Bishop has been strongly supportive of the organization and operations of the BECs. The captains of the 12 barangays that are within the jurisdiction of the San Sebastian Cathedral Parish, and the BECs, hosted the celebration recently.
A delegation from these barangays and BECs met Navarra at the junction of 18th and Gatuslao Streets, at 5:30 p.m. and proceeded to the covered court in Purok Sayland, Brgy. 4. Residents gathered on both sides of the street, and waved papal flags to greet the bishop, the press release said.
Navarra celebrated the 6 p.m. mass in the purok. Rice porridge was then served to the children while the “Crusaders”, the organization of young people of the parish, entertained the visitors and residents.
Fr. Felix Pasquin, rector of the San Sebastian Cathedral, said the event was held weeks after the golden sacerdotal anniversary of Navarra’s ordination, but its message remained as fresh as the day of the celebration. The occasion was also an opportunity to campaign for vocations to the priesthood or religious life, he added in the press release.
Navarra celebrated his sacerdotal jubilee on April 9, because the actual date of his ordination, April 7, fell on Black Saturday. The Bishop said mass but left early the following day for his hometown in Capiz, the press release added.*
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Youth leaders attend talks
on sustainable development
Around 100 youth leaders of the cities of Bago and La Carlota in Negros Occidental attended an orientation for the program called “Youth Commitment for Sustainable Development”, of the Institute for Negros Development of the University of St. La Salle at the Bago City College audiovisual room, a press release from the school said.
The participants were Sangguniang Kabataan chairpersons and kagawads, officers of the Supreme Student Government of various public and private high schools and colleges, and parish youth leaders.
YCSD is a youth leadership and empowerment program that seeks to provide 50 youths of the two cities with learning and livelihood opportunities, the press release said.
It complements the Eco-Tourism Development Plan of Guintubdan, and the Rafael Salas Nature Tourism and Recreational Zone in Bago, the press release added.*
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