Prov’l Wildlife Month kicks off
The celebration of Wildlife Month in Negros Occidental began with tree-planting activities in Sitio Campuestohan, Talisay City, and Sitio Managaksak, Murcia, in the Upper Calimban-Imbang Watershed, Saturday, a press release from the Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation said.
Around 360 participants from the Bacolod City Water District, the Earth Guard Organization of John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation, the Safety Organization of Negros Occidental and God's Ministry planted about 3,560 seedlings of native tree species.
The month-long commemoration is spearheaded by the Provincial Environment Management Office, Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation Inc. and the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc., the press release said.
Meanwhile, a photo exhibit of nocturnal animals found in Negros and neighboring islands, including the Visayan leopard cat, bats and owls, will open today at Robinsons Place in Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod City, the press release also said.
Most of the photographs were taken by biologist and wildlife photographer Philip Godfrey Jakosalem, who was one of the scientists who described the new species of Philippine owls earlier.
There will also be film showings, lectures, coloring activities and storytelling, all on nocturnal animals, during the exhibit that will also highlight nature-based tourist destinations in the province.
Jointly organized by the NFEF, PBC Foundation, PEMO and the John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation, it will run for five days, the press release added.*
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Lions attend forum in Japan
Thirty-three Lions from District 301-B1 attended the 51st Orient and South East Asia Lions Forum in Fukuoka, Japan, held November 8 to 11, its press release said.
Delegates from Bacolod City led by District Governor Faustino Yuson included Vice District Governor Araceli Regalado, Bacolod City Host Lions Club president Julia Jalbuena and secretary Alfredo Jalbuena, Bacolod Sampaguita Lions Club president Rebecca Filasol, Bacolod Mt. Kanlandog Lions Club president Marietta Dunseith, and Grace Mendoza, Marivic Bautista and Mercy Chua from the Occidental Negros Host Lions Club, the press release also said.
The activity at the Fukuoka International Congress Center drew crowd of Lions from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Guam, China, Philippines and host country Japan. Delegates also had the opportunity to attend leadership seminars and workshops at the Hotel New Otani Hakata in Fukuoka City.
A forum on “Lions Quest, Alert and Leadership” was conducted, and a “kimono” show where delegates were served green tea. Club presidents also met with International president Wayne Madden from Auburn, Indiana, USA, the press release added.*
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‘Fun-robics’ conducted in Silay
An inter-barangay Fun-Robics 2012 conducted by the City Health Office at the public plaza covered court recently was participated in by 11 of 16 barangays of Silay, Negros Occidental, a press release from the city said.
Barangay 5 won the activity, with Brgy. 4, Guinhalaran, Mambulac and Bagtic in second, third, fourth and fifth place, respectively. The activity was in line with the celebration of the World Diabetes Day, the press release said.
Present were Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District), Sangguniang Panlalawigan Board Member Melvin Ibañez; Mayor Jose Montelibano, Vice Mayor Mark Golez, Sangguniang Panlungsod members Uldarico Penuela, Linda Caja, Edgardo Maravilla and Ireneo Celis Jr., program coordinator Hazel Bacaoco, city and barangay officials and employees.
Meanwhile, the public is invited to join the “Hataw”, a health program of the Silay City government, every 4-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 7-8 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, at the public plaza covered court, the press release added.*
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