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Bacolod City, PhilippinesMonday, September 3, 2012

Soaring high!


Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod recently celebrated the Feast Day of St. Augustine and its golden jubilee, that was h ighlighted by the tribute to distinguished alumni awardees and former Augustinian friar-administrators, procession and mass in honor of St. Augustine, and the grand alumni homecoming.

One of the most outstanding alumni recognized was Maria Antoinette Caram Ortaliz, president and CEO of the Marie Ortaliz Center in New York City, that provides continuing education courses to more than 13,000 doctors and nurses in the United States.

The awardees were recognized for their professional excellence, exemplary contribution to their fields and their remarkable and selfless service to humanity .


The Soroptimist International of Bacolod recently held the induction of new members and installation of officers at the Bacolod Pavillon Resort Hotel and Restaurant.

Inducted as officers were Melba Leonardia Tan, president; Em Ang, president-elect; Ma. Rosario Sola, vice president; Asuncion Gupalor, recording secretary; Jennifer Montero, corresponding secretary; Zenaida Guzon, treasurer; Teresita Figueroa, assistant treasurer; Emma Lipa, auditor; and Violeta Caram, public relations officer.

Among the SIB focus projects for biennium 2012-2014 are the adopt-a-barangay, chaired by Emma Lipa; the eco-soc. project by Guzon; education programs, Babes Sola; various health programs chaired by Drs. Cecilia Salvador and Libertad Nolido; the Balay Pasilungan project by Ang and Blanq Lemoncito; the Soroptimist daycare center by Araceli Mirano and Inday Pifianco; and the women and children protection program, chaired by Sonya Verdeflor and Juliana Carbon; while Caram is handling the Women Opportunity Awards, a flagship program of the organization.*

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Chemists seminar
on lab safety set

The Integrated Chemists of the Philippines-Bacolod City Chapter is inviting chemists and technical men to a seminar entitled “Updates in Laboratory Quality System Management and Safety”, that aims to ensure quality in laboratory performance, 1 p.m. on September 14, at Planta Hotel in Bacolod, a press release from the group said.

Guest speaker is Dr. Veronica Migo, an expert on agricultural chemistry from the University of the Philippines Los Baños.

Each participant will be required to pay a seminar fee of P500, while regular and associate chemist-members will be asked to pay the annual membership dues of P250, the press release also said.

Those interested may text or call Roselyn Usero at 0922-8503144 or Dida Gatanela at 0922-7322980, the press release added.*

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GMA stars in
Talisay on Sept. 8

Stars of GMA Kapuso Network will join Talisaynons in their 13th Minuluan Festival, 8 p.m. on September 8, at the public plaza of Talisay City, Negros Occidental, a press release from the station said.

Rhian Ramos, who stars with boxing icon Manny Pacquiao in “Manny Many Prizes” and “Party Pilipinas”, and Dominic Roco of “Makapiling Kang Muli” primetime program, will entertain Negrenses in the show, along with local talents and the best stand-up comedians in the province, the press release also said.

Admission is for free. For inquiries, contact GMA TV Bacolod Events and Promo Department at (034) 434-6254, the press release added.*

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Negrense student
gets US awards

Kelvin Jens Moncera, a 19-year-old multi-awarded student who traces his roots to Negros Occidental, has been accepted in the George Washington University Medical School in Washington, D.C., a press release said.

Kelvin is the son of Engr. Jensen Garde Moncera, the 2012 golden jubilee most distinguished alumnus awardee of the Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod, and Gloria Mendoza Moncera, a registered nurse from Binalbagan, Negros Occidental. The family is now based in Fort Washington, Maryland and Washington, the press release also said.

At the age of 16, Kelvin's research on the effects of over-the-counter medication in the heart rate of Daphna magna had been published by the National Institute of Health, U.S.A.

He is a recipient of several awards, including the U.S. President Educational Achievement Award; Harvard University Alumni Association prize book award; genetics, bioinformatics and molecular biology research program award, Johns Hopkins University; Outstanding Young American scholar of the Rotary Club of U.S.A.; and first place winner of the devotion of the promotion of research in science Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, the press release also said.

Kelvin graduated valedictorian from the Rose Valley Elementary School, the Walker Mill Middle School, and the Oxon Hill High School for Science and Technology; and is a candidate for summa cum laude, University of Maryland life sciences honors program. He is also a five-time recipient of the Dr. Jose Rizal National Hero youth awards of the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., the press release added.*

Chemists seminar on lab safety set
GMA stars in Talisay on Sept. 8
Negrense student gets US awards
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