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LCC shines in culinary contests

The school year 2012-2013 has been a great one for students of the La Consolacion College Bacolod who have been winning culinary awards in local, regional and national competitions, its press release said.

In June, students John Michael Nacague, Jose Santiago Joson III, Nieva Jane Estrada, Norryl Yamazaki, and Randy Bernabein won first to fifth place, respectively, in the cooking competition sponsored by the Bacolod City government in line with its City Cooperative and Livelihood Development program, the press release said.

The College was also declared overall champion in the Sabor Bisaya culinary competition of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Negros Occidental in July, where culinary and hospitality management students from colleges and universities, and practicing professionals in the province participated.

In the Seafood Challenge, culinary student Mheryl Fernandez won the gold medal while BSHM students Karen Baculna and Christine Yulo both got silver. Ivy Faulve, Joelyn Gariando and Lebyrinth Ann Tayab won gold medals in the on-the-spot cake decorating competition while Jason de Oca, Maria Isabel Basañes and Pearl Joy Dequeña received silver medals.

In “Na’nam: A Feast of Negrense Flavor” event, Tiffany May Cunahap and Kennt Diamante bagged the gold while Ana Carmela Sotomil and Valerie Joyce Castillo won silver medals; Nikko Fernandez won the silver in the Creative Fried Rice challenge; and Karla Ape, Rhena Amar and the team of Jojemar Sevellejo, Mark Timothy Yanson and Mark Launio received the bronze medals in the Visayan Cuisine Challenge and “Chefs’ War” events, respectively. In the bar-and flair-tending competition, Emmanuel Lawrence Conlu won a silver and Jethro Mark Alunan a bronze, the press release also said.

The LCCians also led in the SM City Iloilo Culinary Festival, with the team of de Oca, Kerwin Pedrera and Nikko Fernandez declared the champion in the “Chef Wars” event.

In August, the school was among the qualifiers in the National Food Showdown after besting contenders in “Cebu Goes Culinary”, the regional eliminations of NFS sponsored by the Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Association of Cebu Inc. at the Cebu International Convention Center.

Faulve and Gariando were awarded gold medals in the “Dress the Cake” event; de Oca won the silver in “Wedding Cake”; Sevellejo, Yanson and Launio, silver in “Chef Wars”; and Lawrence Emmanuel Conlu, bronze, and Jhofrey Banguis, diploma, in the bartending competition.

Banguis and Conlu were also chosen as finalists in the NFS national eliminations for flairtending and bartending, held at the ABS-CBN Dolphy Theater in Manila, the press release said.

In September, the teams from LCC also bagged the most prestigious culinary and numerous event-specific awards in the pastry and table-setting categories of the 6th NFS at the World Trade Center, Manila, the press release added.*

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11th Well Family
convention set in Murcia

The Negros Occidental Rehabilitation Foundation Inc. will host the 11th national assembly and convention of the Well Family Partnership Foundation Inc. November 14-16 at the Mambukal Resort in Murcia, Negros Occidental, a press release from promoters said.

It will be the first time that NORFI, headed by Roxy Lacson, and the cluster of Well Family midwife clinics it supervises in Negros, Iloilo and Capiz provinces, will host the event.

The WPFI is a non-profit foundation providing maternal and child health services to rural and urban communities in the country, through the promotion and the establishment of midwife-owned birthing clinics.

NORFI is one of the nongovernment organizations behind the program, and has evolved into social franchising. The others are the Institute of Maternal and Child Health covering the National Capital Region, Community and Health Development Inc. in SOCSARGEN, Cebu Family Planning Organization Inc., Kinasang’an Foundation in Davao, and the Kapampangan Development Foundation, the press release added.*

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Mountain environment meeting on

The program coordinator of the Broad Initiatives for Negros Development  is attending the Mountain Partnership task force meeting in Rome, Italy, being held October 29 to 31, a press release from  BIND said.

 Benedicto Sanchez will join colleagues from Central and South Asia, Europe, North and South America, the Near East, Africa, and intergovernmental organizations; and will take part in the discussions on “Governance and Strategy” to be held at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Piazzale della Farnesina 1, the press release also said.

The MP is a United Nations voluntary alliance of partners dedicated to improving the lives of mountain people and protecting mountain environments around the world, it added.*

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Balikbayans hold outreach
in two Bacolod barangays

Around 500 indigent families of two barangays in Bacolod City benefited from the outreach activities initiated by 22 members of the Negrosanon of Guam, who were in the city recently to witness the MassKara Festival, a press release from the city said.

A gift-giving activity was held at the J. R. Torres Elementary School, where 200 indigent families received food packs containing rice, canned goods, groceries and other items from the balikbayans, led by Roseni Bayona-David and her husband, Fred. Singcang-Airport Barangay Captain Rosinie Distrito and the council thanked the group for  sharing  their blessings  with  needy constituents, the press release also said.

The group also  partnered with the Bacolod City Host Lions Club for a medical mission in Barangay 35 where more than 300 patients were served by volunteer doctors Roa Fuentespina, Ronald Galaez, JC Togonon and Winston de la Cruz. Free medicines were also given and a feeding program  was spearheaded by the National Movement of Young Legislators, the press release added.*

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11th Well Family convention set in Murcia
Mountain environment meeting on
Balikbayans hold outreach in two Bacolod barangays

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