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‘Brainsbee’ grand
finale on May 31

Ten city and town champions will compete in the “3rd Brainsbee sa District 3” final showdown on Thursday to determine the grand champions for 2012, a press release from organizers said.

The Competitors are, for spelling: Trixie Yulatic of Guinhalaran, Silay City, representing the St. Scholastica’s Academy; Kiella Mae Banguaga of Minoyan, Murcia and Minoyan Elementary School; Miles Andrey Marilla of Concepcion, Talisay and Carlos Hilado Memorial State College; Katrina Fleur May Esclares of Barangay 4, Victorias and Alejandro Yap Quina Memorial Elementary School; and Ma. Angela Diarota of Tuburan, E. B. Magalona, representing the Rita Lovino Elementary School.

For math and science: Camille Joy Guarin of Barangay 4, Silay and Doña Montserrat Lopez Memorial High School; Jian Frynz Demonteverde of Zone 4, Murcia and Negros Occidental National Science High School; Windell Carbaquil of Zone 14A and Carlos Hilado Memorial State College; Princess Octaviano of Barangay 6-A, Victorias and Victorias National High School; and Jiro Nigel Cadungon of San Jose, E.B. Magalona and Don Bosco Technical Institute, the press release also said.

The grand finale winners for the elementary and high school categories will each received P30,000 as cash prize, and a laptop courtesy of Thea Mae Dino, chair of the Provincial Sangguniang Kabataan. The contest will start 2 p.m. Thursday at the Victorias Coliseum in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, the press release said.

Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District), cited the support of the local government and barangay officials, the schools, parents, and the Department of Education, as year 3 of “Brainsbee” winds down this week, the press released added.*

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Heritage Museum in
Negros inaugurated

The Museo Recoleto de Negros was blessed and inaugurated at the University of Negros Occidental–Recoletos in Bacolod recently, a press release from the school said.

The museum houses the cultural, artistic and missionary heritage of the Recoletos, that started their missionary evangelization in Negros in 1622, and established communities in 1848, through the construction of churches, convents and parochial schools in various towns of Negros.

These include the artifacts of old churches, and church documents like the books of baptism and accounts, and the book of the dead dating back the 1700s to early 1900s. There are also pages in the books proving that Bacolod was then called “Pueblo de Magsungay”, the press release also said.

“You can trace your ancestry and family lineage in the pages of the Book of Baptism”, Modesto Sa-onoy, a Negros historian, said.

More than a heritage museum, there are two 20-year-old mahogany trees at the facility. Br. Jaazeal Jakosalem, who is in-charge of the museum, said the existence of the trees provides an environmental message and concern; gives importance to the possibility of integrating architecture and environmental protection; and enhances the interior of the museum that is open to the public, the press release added.*

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USLS holds
graduation ceremony

Ninety-five students graduated with post-graduate degrees from the University of St. La Salle Bacolod Sunday, a press release from the school said.

Leading the graduates were high academic awardees Carolyn Jan Arguelles, Ruby Grace Auñgon, Jenalyn Bravo, Keith Eliezer Cabillon, Lalaine Cosadio, Gemwill de los Reyes, Edgil John Estevez, Leah Garcia, Kristin Joir Garrote, James Timothy Macasa, Maricel Javedra, Fr. Eugene Lucerna II, Dallia Mala-ay, Manelee Mijares, Erika Nicolas, Ma. Rona Prado, Camille Elizabeth Ruffy, Merle Salvani, Gloria Katherine Sison, Evangeline Meg Soledad, Carlo Tabalina, Cherryl Villaruel, Karla Andrea Yap, and Fran Lyn Mae Young, the press release said.

Lucerna received the Best Thesis award, while Augustus Caesar Baltazar, Garrote, Randy Gustilo, and Mario Carmelo Lopez received the Alma Mater awards.

The Board of Trustees also conferred the Fides Award to Bishop Feng Xinmou, chair of the Board of Directors of Jinde Charities, an institution that helped in the recent earthquake in Sinchuang by sending 20 sisters with medical skills, doctors and priests to help in the rescue operation, the press release said.

The Fides Award is given to individuals of exemplary faith founded on a strong commitment to faith and service to the Church, to religious education and to the principles of peace and justice, the press release added.*

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'Kasambahay' day marked

The Visayan Forum and the Samahan at Ugnayan ng mga Manggagawang Pantahanan sa Pilipinas, in partnership with the Bacolod City Gender and Development Council, marked the “Araw ng Kasambahay 2012” with a program participated in by domestic helpers at the BAYS Center in Bacolod City recently, a press release from GAD said.

The activity discussed the concerns and working conditions of house helpers or domestic workers.

Councilors Em Ang, Sangguniang Panlungsod chairman on Gender and Development; and Sonya Verdeflor, SP chair on Labor and Employment; and Secretary to the Mayor Moises de la Cruz attended the event that was supported by agencies and various sectors, the press release also said.

Information desks of the Department of Labor and Employment, Bacolod City Police Office Women and Children Protection, Pag-IBIG Fund, SSS, PhilHealth and Bantay Bata, were set up to help domestic helpers with their employment and other concerns, the press release added.*

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Heritage Museum in Negros inaugurated
USLS holds graduation ceremony
'Kasambahay' day marked

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