Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 12:34 p.m.
I AM writing this article to share the beautiful story of collaboration between The Dream Project PH and celebrity photographer Niccolo Cosme, and how our partnership, along with other groups, is helping the victims of super typhoon "Yolanda."
We met world-renowned Filipino conceptual photographer Niccolo Cosme only last January 5 in Manila. But we have met his "dream" last year.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 12:33 p.m.
LAST year I was requested by the regional organization of the Women Missionary Society in Western Visayas Region to talk about herbs and their benefits.
It was a fruitful experience for me. I learned they wanted to have more of the things I talked on the radio in my “Gardening Tips” segment in the “Kapanimalay” program over dyVS.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 12:32 p.m.
THERE is truth to the words of author Bejamin Disraeli: “There is magic in the memory of school friendships; it softens the heart, and even affects the nervous system of those who have no heart. A kind that thrills your soul; it makes you comeback and relive it once more.”
This, to me, is a fitting adage to celebrate the life journey that was the Asean Students Exchange Program. It is an initiative of the Philippine government and the reputed educational arm of the Association of Asian Nations to unite youth in South Asia back in 2004. It's a life-shifting expedition that forged ties between Asean friends---even without constant communication for close to a decade now. This is the kind of friendship you would want to embrace in your memory, a contemplation that excites the heart, a thought of school friendship worth re-telling over a thousand times.
Monday, March 10, 2014 - 11:31 a.m.
IN WRITING news, especially stories that involve conflict, we always try to observe fair and balanced reporting. But sometimes, due to pressing deadlines we fail to get the version of the other side, and that's when the other party accuse us of biased reporting. So the next day, we update the story, this time carrying the version of the other side.
Monday, March 10, 2014 - 11:29 a.m.
THIS week I'd like to return to the topic of soups. I'm something of a soup addict and among my favorites are shrimp bisque and Vichyssoise.
Bisque is a smooth, creamy and highly seasoned soup that originated in France. It can be made from lobster, crab or shrimp.
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 03:03 p.m.
OUR first port of call was Piraeus, the central commercial port of Athens. Greece has always been one of my favorite countries to visit. Perhaps, the Greek isles are so enchanting with all the whitewash homes, and Athens, the capital, with its glorious history that gave birth to the wisest of men from Plato, Socrates and Aristotle who tutored Alexander the Great, makes it so captivating.
Athens is named after its patron goddess, Athena. According to Greek mythology, there was a legendary contest between Poseidon and Athena. The prize would be the honor of the city named after the victor. The challenge was producing a gift, which the people will judge to be the most fitting for their city.
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 01:19 p.m.
IN CELEBRATION of the International Women’s Month this March, Gallery Orange presents “Various,” an exhibit of the 16 women artists of Negros.
The exhibition will open on Monday, March 10, at 7 p.m. and will run until March 31, according to Gallery Orange manager Carmel Hibaler.
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 01:18 p.m.
TRAVELING beefs up one’s knowledge in the culture and tradition of the place and its people.
Traveling abroad is nice, but traveling around our country should be first.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 02:07 p.m.
THE above is a rather trite title to use but the phrase was the first thing that came into my mind. How could I resist this opportunity to channel my inner Batgirl when the biggest population of Geoffroy’s rousette fruit bats in the world is in the Philippines?
This distinction is certified by the Guinness World Records. This important piece of natural heritage can be found in Samal Island in Davao del Norte, off the coast of Mindanao. Known as the Monfort Bat Cave, it is the residence of 1,800,000 Rousettus amplexicaudatus.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 02:05 p.m.
YESTERDAY, we ushered in the Season of Lent. This year, the Season of Lent starts with Ash Wednesday, March 5, and ends with Holy Saturday, April 5. Lent is a 40-day season.
Some might think that only Catholics observe Ash Wednesday, but other Christian denominations like the Anglicans, Lutherans and Methodists also participate in the rituals and the practices of what is asked for the season.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 02:03 p.m.
AN EVIL enchanter who casts a transformational spell on the princess he kidnapped and turns her into a swan during the day and a human again during the night.
A prince fiercely determined to find the kidnapped princess.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 02:18 p.m.
NEGRENSES are a fun-loving people. Almost every week, there’s a big festival in 13 cities and 19 towns across the province.
And that’s not just in the city or town proper. Every week, there’s a fiesta in any of the 662 barangays in Negros Occidental so we can very well call our province a “Fiesta Island.”
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 10:58 a.m.
WHAT is a city without its artists? A city with no soul.
For it is in the works of artists that we can understand the soul and humanity of the city, including its historical, political, and social conditions.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 10:58 a.m.
TO SAY that March is as demanding as December is not an exaggeration. Although the preparations are not as elaborate as that of the highly celebrated Christmas Holidays and the cheer that drain gift-givers, March is still a busy month. It is a season to be Merry!
Global events like the Women’s Month, Global Down Syndrome Day, the World Tuberculosis Day, the World Water Day, and the World Wildlife Day make March worth celebrating daily.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 10:55 a.m.
WHY edible landscape?
Last week, I wrote about honey bee-keeping. You may wonder why. I emphasized the value of honey bee-keeping as part of every home garden, especially if like me you are also into on edible landscape. Why edible landscape?
Monday, March 3, 2014 - 02:12 p.m.
WALKING into the chandelier-lit hall, everyone flashing a bright smile, occasionally coupled with a firm handshake or a warm beso-beso— I think out loud: I’m in good company!
That company is the Negros Press Club, the oldest press club in the country having been organized in 1936, holding its 78th Induction Ceremony Saturday night at the Provincial Capitol building, the seat of power of the Provincial Government.
Monday, March 3, 2014 - 02:09 p.m.
I WAS amused by a story in Britain's Daily Mail last week of how an entire police force in southern England became the butt of jokes after appealing for witnesses to the theft of a packet of Scotch eggs worth 1.65 British pounds (PhP122).
A woman was caught on CCTV (closed-circuit television) walking into a shop and picking up these traditional British snacks before eating them and leaving without paying.
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 11:26 a.m.
BAGO City will honor its illustrious son on Monday, March 3, in time for his 27th death anniversary.
The city government of Bago passed a city ordinance declaring every March 3 in the city as an annual commemorative celebration of the life and works of Rafael M. Salas, who rose to international prominence as a leading figure in the United Nations.
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 11:24 a.m.
MENTION golf and Tiger Woods would come to mind, especially to the younger generation.
In Negros Occidental, we also have Juvic Pagunsan, a professional golfer from Murcia who currently plays in the Asian tour. In 2011, Pagunsan won the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 11:23 a.m.
MICKEY and Minnie Mouse. Donald Duck. Cinderella. Sleeping Beauty. Dumbo the Flying Elephant. They amazed, hugged, and thrilled our little world when we were small.
Up to now, they still do. And with the addition of Winnie the Pooh, Mike and Sulley from Monsters University and Lilo and Stitch, we still delight the way animated films light up our weary world.
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 11:21 a.m.
THERE was one section of the Colegio Filipino in Rome that Fr. Greg Gaston, Rector, was so proud to show us. It was the altar in their chapel. This beautiful altar was designed, crafted, donated and installed by Willy Layug of Betis, Guagua, Pampanga.
Willy Layug lived in Brgy. Ursula in Betis, considered to be the town’s art center as it is a community of sculptors and woodcarvers. He grew up exposed to this environment of artists and crafts and was greatly influenced by their sacred art.
Friday, February 28, 2014 - 03:32 p.m.
YOUTUBE sensation Cheridel Alejandrino, an elevator assistant at SM City Olongapo, will hold a “Meet & Greet” activity at SM City Bacolod food court at 5 p.m. today, the first day of the mall’s three-day sale.
Alejandrino became an instant celebrity after a video of her by two customers was uploaded on video-sharing site YouTube last year.
Friday, February 28, 2014 - 03:30 p.m.
“IT'S showtime in Pulupandan!” says the young and dynamic Mayor Miguel Peña when Sun.Star graced their Salapan Festival recently.
It’s showtime because we have a lot of fun tourist destinations in Pulupandan, he explains with a smile.
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 12:54 p.m.
IT WAS by God’s design that our trip was diverted to spending a few more days in Rome instead of just a day tour on board our cruise ship.
Rome was fully booked. There was a big convention ongoing and accommodations were hard to find even with a local who knows Rome like the back of her hand.
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 12:54 p.m.
MARCO Polo Plaza, Cebu’s finest urban resort and business hotel, invites Bacolodnons and Negrenses to avail of “Cebu Escapade,” a special rate exclusively offered for residents of Negros Occidental and Iloilo.
From February 24 to September 30, Negrenses and Ilonggos can stay at the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu for P1,650 per person, says Kyra Cabaero, the hotel’s Media Communications manager, at a product presentation at Mu Shu Asian restaurant in Bacolod yesterday.
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 12:53 p.m.
THE Garcia-Sanchez School of Dance will present “Alice in Wonderland” this Saturday, March 1, 6 p.m. at the Natalio G. Velez Sports and Cultural Center, also known as Kansilay Gym, in Silay City.
‘Alice’ is a dance adaptation of an 1865 novel of English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Caroll. It tells the story of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 08:28 a.m.
NOT to be outdone by its Korean and Japanese rivals, German car maker Volkswagen recently displayed its 'Beetle Dune' concept car at the North American International Auto Show.
I'm not really sure why VW would call this a concept car as it really doesn't look much different to the existing Beetle R-Line. And to call it a bug would seem to be a bit of misnomer as VW bugs in the past were go- anywhere, top-down fun vehicles at home on sand or other bits of rough terrain.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 08:27 a.m.
IN MANY ways, Negros Occidental is a lucky province. With its bountiful land and sea resources, scenic tourist attractions, and warm people, Negrenses are discovering more and more reasons each day to live happily in this part of the country.
Aloha Medical Mission is one of them. It is one shining testament on how the world truly cares for Negrenses.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 02:39 p.m.
THE western honey bee or European honey bee (Apis mellifera) is a nutritionally loaded flying insect, and one of the bee species making waves in the backyards of many households recently.
This “honey-bearing bee” is also the best species of bee for beekeeping—a challenging part of one’s edible landscape.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 02:38 p.m.
THE art exhibits at Gallery Orange in Mandalagan always fascinate me. I regularly pass by the place on my way to work. But meeting some of the artists last week just doubled the enchantment.
As I write about ‘Happy Trip,’ a fund-raising art exhibition that opened on Feb. 15 and runs until Feb. 28, I get to meet three of the 18 featured Negrense contemporary artists.