Katrina Fleur May Esclares, a 13-year-old grade 6 pupil of the Alejandro Yap Quina Memorial Elementary School, had perfect scores in all three rounds of the spelling quiz in the “Brainsbee” Victorias City finals recently, a first in the three years of the community-based academic competition, a press release from organizers said.
Esclares received P15,000 in cash prize; her coach, Joana Suyo, got P5,000; while her school and Brgy. 4, represented by Barangay Captain Elison Flor, each received an industrial stand fan for their support, the press release added.
Ron de Erasmo, of Don Bosco Technical Institute and Brgy 19-A, won P3,000 as second placer; while Paul Anthony Debuque, also of Don Bosco, and a resident of Brgy. 16, emerged as third and received P1,000.
Meanwhile, winners in the math and science quiz for the high school category are first place – Princess Octaviano, 16, who graduated valedictorian from Victorias National High School, representing Brgy 6-A; second – Meryl Flores of Negros Occ. NHS and Brgy. 14; and third – Jezrelle Abella of Don Bosco and Brgy. 18, the press release also said.
Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) congratulated the winners and cited the support of Mayor Severo Palanca, Vice Mayor Frederick Palanca, and the members of the city council, who led the participation of the 26 barangays that fielded their respective participants in the hotly-contested eliminations to pick the best to represent the city in the District championship round set on May 31 at the Victorias Coliseum, the press release added.*
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‘Makapiling kang Muli’
promo tour in Negros
“Makapiling kang Muli”, a new primetime television series about love, family and pursuing dreams, will air next month over GMA-7, topbilled by Richard Gutierrez and Carla Abellana.
Gutierrez, who was with the other cast television series in Bacolod City Friday for the promo tour of the show Saturday, said he is excited as this will be a straight drama contrary to the fantasy series that he previously filmed.
He said that anyone can relate with the story as this about the life of a young man in search of his true identity.
Abellana, whose roots are from Silay City, Negros Occidental, said that she finds her role as a young lawyer seeking vengeance for her family, a challenge.
She also said that they hope to equal the success of “Amaya”, an epic series based on the Ilonggo pre-Spanish tradition, which enjoyed a high rating nationwide during its eight-month run since last year.
The cast of “Makapiling kang Muli”, led by Gutierrez, Abellana, Sarah Lahbati, Dominic Rocco, TJ Trinidad, and Philip Salvador, met their fans at SM Bacolod and at the “Kapuso Barangayan” in Victorias City, Negros Occidental.*APN
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Kids marine biodiversity
camp conducted in Sagay
Twenty-three campers attended the four-day Kids Marine Biodiversity camp, hosted by the Museo sang Bata sa Negros Foundation, in partnership with the city government of Sagay, recently, a press release from the city said.
Lilibeth Cordova, MSBN executive director, said the camp in Sagay, home to the Marine Reserve, that is one of the largest marine protected areas in the Philippines, was aimed at fostering the love for the sea among children at an early age. “It was designed to make the kids aware of our fragile marine ecosystem and what we can do protect and conserve it,” she added in the press release.
The camp included talk on corals and marine bio-diversity, climate change, and the importance of mangroves. The campers also experienced snorkeling at the Carbin Reef and were able to see fishes, corals, giant clams and other marine life; as well as conducted mangrove planting at the Old Sagay shorelines, Cordova said.
Camp director Myrtle Arias, a marine biologist, said the activity was a fun way of learning about marine bio-diversity and a meaningful means to spend the summer.
Partner-agencies include the Sagay City Information and Tourism Office, Sagay Rescue and Buhay Dagat Snorkeling Guides of Sagay Association, Councilor Matthew Victor Gamboa, and the Sagay Marine Reserve, the press release added.*
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The Philippine College of Occupational Medicine Negros Occidental Chapter will have its 10th Dr. Telesforo de los Reyes Jr. memorial lecture and induction of officers at 6:30 p.m. today at 21 Restaurant in Bacolod City, a press release from organizers said.
The lecturers are Dr. Maria Remedios Tomas on the “Role of Aggressive Statin Use”, and Dr. Joan Cerrada on “Evolving Roles of Macrolide”.
Dr. Rufo Aranguez, PCOM national board of director, meanwhile, will induct the local chapter officials, with Enrique Serna Jr. as president; Eduardo Ordoñez, VP for north; Jose Alabado, VP for south; Cecilia Salvador, secretary; Carmelita Tibon, treasurer; and Nida Isabel de la Peña, PRO. The directors are Rollin Fernandez, Antonio Gauzon, Rudy Gonzales, Rafael Jocson, Carlitos Magno, Lydia Mogul, Eden Rivera, Jose Gerardo Rivera, and Fe Valenzuela, the press release added.*
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