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Lions challenged to
continue outreach

The second Cabinet Meeting and District Convention of the Lions Clubs International District 301-B1 was held at the Zaycoland Resort in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental Nov. 17-18, with Rep. Mercedes Alvarez (Neg. Occ., 6th District) as guest speaker, a press release from the club said.

Alvarez challenged the clubs to do more and continue their services and outreach programs in line with the 2012 LCI theme “In a World of Service”, and for Lions in Panay and Negros to continue their literacy campaign, particularly the reading action program, the press release also said.

She also spoke about the conversion of the Negros State College of Agriculture into the Central Philippine State University, that gives opportunity to the students to acquire quality higher education with very low tuition and other school fees.

The activity, headed by district governor Faustino Yuson III and council chair Bert Layda, was hosted by the Kabankalan City Host Lions Club. It was attended by around 300 officers and members of the various clubs in Negros and Panay, who were welcomed by Kabankalan Mayor Isidro Zayco, immediate past president of the Kabankalan Lions Club, the press release added.*

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USLS student wins reg’l quiz

A University of Saint La Salle Bacolod student, won the 21st Philippine Statistics Quiz Regional Championship held at the RDC Hall of the National Economic and Development Authority Region 6 in Iloilo City Tuesday, a press release said.

John Cyril Claur, a Chemical Engineering freshman student, bested 13 representatives from colleges and universities in Western Visayas, and will represent the region in the national finals in Manila on December 4.

Anfernee Joan Ng of Central Philippine University in Iloilo was first runner-up, and Rey Philip Gallos of John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation Inc.-Bacolod second runner-up. The three received cash prices, plaques and certificates of recognition. Their coaches also received certificates, the press release said.

The quiz is an annual competition conducted by the National Statistics Office and the Philippine Statistical Association Inc., that aims to test the competency and skills of freshmen college students in statistics, the press release added.*

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nuptials Saturday

Doctors Johann and Mabel*

Dr. Juan Alfonso Leonardia and Dr. Maria Isabelle Lorena Pineda will exchange marriage vows on November 24, 2012, at the St. John Bosco Parish Church, Antonio Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City, with the rites to be solemnized by the Most Reverend Paciano Aniceto, D.D., and Reverend Father Guy Arnold Pineda.

Juan Alfonso (Johann) is the son of Andres and the late Ma. Margarita Leonardia, while Maria Isabelle (Mabel) is the daughter of Peter Paul and Annette Pineda. Both are doctors and were classmates at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine.

The principal sponsors will be Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Dr. Raul Banias, Dr. Ramon Arcadio, Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan, Dr. Fortunato Dela Peña, Dr. Manuel Joseph Pineda, Dr. Alan Pineda, Dr. Rodel Nodora, Benjamin Bautista, Remigio Sandico;

Regina Victoria Labayen, Vicky Qua, Cristina Lacson, Ninfa Leonardia, Marichu Nepomuceno, Dr. Nella Fe Marcon, Teresita Toledo, Cecilia Sandico, Ma. Lourdes Bautista and Soledad Sandico.

The best man will be Christian Andrew Gamboa and the maid of honor Cristina Mia Pineda.

Joebert Leonardia, Francis Isidore Totañes, Jan Michael Garcia and Christian Gomez will be the groomsmen while the bridesmaids will be Anna Katrina Leonardia, Debbie Anne Qua, Kathleen Toledo and Rikki Pamela Pineda.

The secondary sponsors will be, for candle – Carlos Antonio Leonardia and Shalimar Ignacio, veil – Miguel Francisco Leonardia and Julie Ann Arellano-Khullar and cord – Arsenio Franco Pineda and Mary Ann Vergara.

The ring bearer will be Diego Santino Leonardia, coin bearer – Paco Acosta and bible bearer – Joaquin Rafael Palencia.

Solenne Marie Leonardia, Tamara Pauline Santos and Nala Gabrielle Racaza will be the flower girls.

Reception will follow at The Tents, 6th Floor, Alphaland Southgate Mall, 2258 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City.*

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Cookbook launching today

The second edition of the book “Memories of Philippine Kitchens”, authored by Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan, will be launched 4 p.m. today at the Museum Café in Bacolod City as part of the 7th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival.

Besa said the book, is based on the personal history of the food and the compilation of original recipes, from Ilocos region down to the Visayas area.

The book is not just a compilation of recipes but a story of Filipino food in the context of the Philippine history, she added.

She said they chose to launch the book in Negros because the province is the most advanced in the country in organic production and its people are progressive-minded.

Besa’s husband, Dorotan, also said the province offers fascinating ingredients and they both want to learn and experience the cooking methods of Negros.

The couple owns the Purple Yam Restaurant in Brooklyn, New York City. The first cookbook edition won the International Association of Culinary Professional 2007 Jane Grigson Award for Scholarship, and a finalist for the Julia Child First Book Award.

Meanwhile, the 7th Organic Farmers Festival that opens today has been made more informative, historical and deliciously exciting, a press release from the Negros Museum said.

Activities are cooking demonstrations, hosted by international food expert Guido Nijssen, and a workshop on food research and food writing on the theme “Pagtukib: Lalim Filipino (Discovering the Filipino Palate)” by Besa, the press release said.

There will also be a café special theater performance, 7:30 p.m. on Friday, with tickets at P400, including the three-course dinner. For ticket reservations, those interested may contact the museum at 0927-3646687 or 0922-2652130, the press release also said.

The festival is organized by the Organic na Negros! Organic Producers and Retailers Association and the provincial government, in collaboration with the Negros Cultural Foundation, Negros Museum and Museum Café, Slow Food Negros and Ang Sariling Atin Culinary Heritage Institute, the press release added.*LTG

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People & Events
USLS student wins reg’l quiz
Leonardia-Pineda nuptials Saturday
Cookbook launching today

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