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Bacolod City, PhilippinesFriday, September 14, 2012

An earth-moving
birthday party


It was the third time that I have attended the birthday and thanksgiving celebration of dear friend, Tutay Corral, together with Ninfa and Perla Leonardia, Carla Gomez and Ivy Visitacion.

Tutay’s brother, Danny, and his wife Meya from the land of milk and honey, had arrived to visit their mom, Florinda. Relatives and well-wishers filled the Benjamin Hall during the party.

Fr. Rolly Escubido of the Immaculate Concepcion Church in Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City, led the prayer before dinner was served. Trina and Ria, the two lovely daughters of Tutay and Marissa, who also just arrived from the States, helped their mom welcome the guests.

The food was great and dessert selection was mouthwatering, but a center-piece was a big tuna from General Santos from Sarangani congressman and boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.

While we were enjoying dessert and Danny Corral was entertaining us with songs of yesteryears, I saw the big chandelier move slowly and thought the customers upstairs were also having fun. Then all of us at our table stared at each other, and some said “linog (earthquake),” but Danny continued singing, anyway. We all prayed silently and thanked God that the tremblor was quickly gone.

The fun continued, but we golden girls had to leave early as we had deadlines to meet and work to finish.

To Tutay, God bless and more birthdays to celebrate!*

Remember: Search for truth and you shall find beauty, search for beauty and you shall find love, search for love and you shall find God; search for God and you shall have them all.

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Silay rondalla to
compete in Cebu

Members of the Kabataang Rondalla of Silay City, Negros Occidental, will compete in the regional round eliminations of the National Competitions for Young Artists tomorrow in Cebu City, a press release from the city said.

Vying for the “Banduria, Laud, Octavina (A)” category is Angelica Abellar, while the contenders for the “Banduria, Laud, Octavina (B)” are Arlyn Joy Belasa, Lyka Marie Belasa, Angeli Casipe, Eyryne Ave Matandac, Nelson Quirit Jr., Carlo Siason and Chuirstine May Tijing. They are all trained by Jegger Anjao and Meer Francisco, the press release also said.

The performers qualified for the round after passing the regional level video eliminations held recently at the Cultural Center for the Philippines in Pasay City.

The competition is held in cooperation with the Department of Education, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Commission on Higher Education and CCP, and is a part of the Tourism Month celebration of Silay, the press release said.

The Kabataang Silay Performing Arts and Rondalla Ensemble was formed in 1993 and has since earned the title as “Silay Young Cultural Ambassadors”. It has performed in several international music festivals, like the second Philippine Asian Children’s Folklore Festival in Guangdong, China, and during the Aberdeen International Youth Festival in Scotland, the press release added.*

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Laughter yoga
slated Sunday

Laughter yoga, a form of yogic exercise to induce laughter, will be conducted for free at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, at the Grand Regal Hotel in Bacolod City, a press release from promoters said.

The exercise originated in India in 1995, and has become a worldwide phenomenon in about 60 countries. Promoters said laughter lowers blood pressure; relieves stress, tension and depression; strengthens the immune system; reduces the risk of heart disease; and can help combat asthma, the press release added.*

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Golez speaks at
Secretary’s Cup

Bacolod Rep. Anthony Golez, Jr. spoke at the Secretary's Cup yesterday at the Trader's Hotel in Manila, a press release from his office said.

The Secretary's Cup is a forum where members of the Cabinet can speak on timely health-related topics and is organized by the Journalism for Nation Building Foundation, in partnership with the Department of Health, the Universal Health Care Study Group of the University of the Philippines National Institutes of Health, the Asia21 Young Leaders Initiative, and the Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Association of the Philippines, the press release said.

It tackled the sin tax bill and was also attended by Health Secretary Enrique Ona, former DOH Secretary Alberto Romualdez and Dr. Anthony Leachon.

Golez spoke about how the sin tax bill is tied-up with the bill on the Philhealth amendments. He explained that the additional income generated from the increased rates of sin taxes will be used for attaining the universal health insurance coverage for all Filipinos, the press release said.

Golez was the Technical Working Group chairman that tackled the bill on the Philhealth amendments that will pave the way for universal health care, the press release also said.

“As Bacolod City Representative, I will continue representing the Bacolodnons in a very honorable way. I am glad to say that I often am invited to speak about national issues and all of that is because of my work for Bacolod City,” Golez also said in his press release.*

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Fun run slated Sept. 16  

A fun run and walk for a cause will be conducted by Class 1987 of the University of St. La Salle Bacolod, 5 a.m. Sunday, to celebrate its 25th grand alumni homecoming, its president Leopoldo Cioco Jr., said in a press release.

The activity will start from the Provincial Capitol building, pass through Lacson Street, to Alijis Road going to Brgy. Mansilingan, and end at the Capitol Lagoon. Winners of the 10-kilometer and 15-kilometer categories will be awarded, the press release also said.

The funds raised will be used for the alumni outreach program and for a donation to the “One-La Salle” scholarship program and Bantay Bata Foundation of ABS-CBN, the press release added.*LTG

Silay rondalla to compete in Cebu
Laughter yoga slated Sunday
Golez speaks at Secretary’s Cup
Fun run slated Sept. 16  
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