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Bacolod student wins
video competition

A senior student of the Christian Academy of Bacolod, won the Visayas leg of the first Cinephone Video Competition high school category of the Metro Manila Film Festival for her entry titled “License to Drive”, a press release from organizers said.

Bea Ivanica Mocorro bested seven other entries from Cebu and Iloilo, and will receive the award at the MMFF Awards Night in Manila on December 27. She directed the three-minute video with classmates Rinnah Jo as executive producer, Elijah Cual as actor, and Kristel Jean Diaz as video editor, the press release also said.

Meanwhile, local artists Vincent Christopher Gonzales, Joan Honoridez, Fritz Silorio, and Bisai Ya will showcase their artworks in a group exhibition at Cambridge University in England on November 21.

The art exhibition and fashion show, "Art Relieves Poverty", was organized by Sagaynon Razel Gonzales Gstrein, who is based in Spain and Austria, for the benefit of the underprivileged children in the Philippines and Vietnam, the press release said.

A self-taught artist, Gstrein founded the International Self-Taught Artists Association that aims to help the less fortunate but talented and deserving children succeed in life by learning how to rely on their talent as artists.

The fashion show will feature Cambridge University students modeling the dresses she created under her signature brand Immortality, the press release added.*

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Nergros thanks
Operation Smile

Dr. William and Kathleen Magee, founders of the Operation Smile International Mission, received a plaque of recognition from the Negros Occidental provincial government at a thanksgiving dinner held at the Capitol in Bacolod City Tuesday for the volunteers conducting the 19th surgical mission for cleft palate and lip patients.

Dr. Magee said the Operation is not just putting smiles on the faces of the children they had helped, but also about giving love and being loved. The mission, he added, is an opportunity for the volunteers to learn and interact with the people in the countryside, a press release from the Capitol said.

He said he hopes that the volunteers will be around for the next 30 years to continue the mission of helping the people out of love and compassion.

This year’s mission in the province, from Nov. 9 to 17, includes volunteers from Italy, Kenya, Australia, China, Canada, America, Hawaii, United Kingdom and the Philippines, the press release also said.

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. thanked the Negros Hope Volunteers Foundation Inc., and the local and international volunteers for making the province special in their hearts by continuously conducting the surgical mission for Negrenses.

He also invited them to go around the province and see the beauty of its rich culture and tourism, and organic food production, the press release added.*

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Educators’ confab  set

The consultative conference of the Philippine Association of Secondary Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs will be hosted by the Silay Education Division, Negros Occidental, from December 3 to 7, a press release from the city said.

The conference aims to update the association on the K+12 basic curriculum being implemented by the Department of Education.

Other activities are the Mayor’s Night at the Rizal Cultural and Civic Center, city tour, and benchmarking at the Doña Montserrat Lopez Memorial High School, one of the K+12 model schools in the Philippines, the press release said.

Meanwhile, a seminar-workshop to strengthen private organizations’ cooperation to projects and activities of the Ikaw-Ako Japan-Negros Partnership for Environmental Protection, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency is being held at the KSE Rondalla Hall in Silay City.

Attended it are officers and members of the Balaring Mangrove Planters Association, Bongol Mangrove Planters Association, Baliguan Agro-Foresters Association, Lantawan Agro-Foresters Association, and the Dapdap Youth Association of Mangrove Planters.

Resource speakers are Ikaw-Ako chair Leo Canson, JICA Philippines project manager Eloisa Romero, and consultants Nick Baoy and Maffy Carandang-Patio. Project manager Mari Kurata of IKAW-AKO, the press release also said.

The seminar-workshop ends today, the press release added.*

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