A showcase of Negrense artistry

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 01:28 p.m.

A ROOM divider made of shells from Molocaboc Island in Sagay City, lamps made of residual part of coco wood that was used in the construction of houses for Yolanda survivors in Panay, religious items made of driftwood from Yolanda-hit communities, and a lighted wall art made of shells from Bantayan, a badly damaged island of Cebu.

These are some of the beautiful and intricate designs made by members of the Association of Negros Producers (ANP) on exhibit at the 24th Bulawan Awards that opened yesterday at Robinsons Place Bacolod.

The power of gratitude

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 01:28 p.m.

I DON’T know how I began to gravitate towards gratitude these recent years. Maybe I picked it up from the seminars and books that I have read, and in all of that I came to believe that having a grateful disposition is the key to happiness in life.

My favorite video that I used to watch a lot with my kids when they were much younger was a VeggieTales episode entitled Madame Blueberry and the lesson was on thankfulness.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa and More

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 01:25 p.m.

THE reason most of us go to Pisa is to see the Leaning Tower. Right? But to my surprise and awe, there was more to Pisa than the tower.

While this Bell Tower is the signature of the place, the Piazza del Duomo now known as the Piazza dei Miracoli hosts fabulous art and architecture, which truly deserves applause.

New summer breaks

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 01:25 p.m.

LATELY I’ve been giving much thought to the government’s move to push back the start of the school year from June to August. I am not aware of its legal and formal status (if the move is already legal and binding or on a voluntary basis).

What I do know though is that the University of the Philippines has already implemented the new school calendar, at least for its main campus – UP Diliman. Ateneo and De La Salle University are reportedly supposed to follow the same calendar by next year.

A blessed house

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 03:00 p.m.

THE Society of the Catholic Apostolate, also known as the Pallottines, inaugurated yesterday its first Formation House in the Philippines at Marapara I in Barangay Bata Bacolod City.

GPS - a Godsend

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 02:59 p.m.

I'M ON a family visit to England and I am driving to many parts of the country in a Ford Focus which we hired from Hertz. It's a brilliant car - I might get one myself when I get home. What is making our visit so easy is the Hertz NeverLost GPS system.

Organizing your schedules

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 02:56 p.m.

FOR most of us, the daily grind of modern life seems to be overwhelming that our brains could not accommodate all the things we need to do. We, mothers especially, play multiple roles that we literally go crazy without our beloved checklists! We cannot carry it all in our heads.

ANP opens 24th Bulawan Awards today

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 02:55 p.m.

THE best and the most creative product designs of the Association of Negros Producers (ANP) will be exhibited and judged starting today at the opening of the 24th Bulawan Awards at Robinsons Place Bacolod.

A new learning tool to polish English skills

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 03:48 p.m.

TWENTY-FIVE students of the Negros Occidental Language Information Center (NOLITC) in Bacolod City had enrolled for a week with the LEAP (Learning English Application for Pinoys) program.

Rebranding Murcia

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 03:47 p.m.

THERE is more to the municipality of Murcia than just being a quaint town with its old-fashioned charm.

Celebrating friendships

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 03:47 p.m.

WE ALL should have at least one or two close friends to confide with—someone to call when we are stressed or sad, and all the more when we are happy and celebrating the gifts of life.

Observing Nutrition Month

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 03:46 p.m.

IT SEEMS like yesterday when I was the guest speaker during the Nutrition Month celebration of San Enrique National High School in July 2013.

Vintage-inspired trendy sunglasses in Bacolod

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 03:37 p.m.

IF YOU'RE into trendy but affordable sunglasses with a vintage touch, look no farther. Sunnies Studios, an emerging brand that has become Manila's favorite store for unisex eyewear, has come to Bacolod.

Looking for yourself? Check under an umbrella

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 03:37 p.m.

LAST April, I shared an article about umbrellas. How each of us have our own unique umbrellas, or gifts, that keep us dry from the rain or cool under the sun.  And how we can have a more magnificent life by finding a way to share our umbrellas with others.

Desserts galore

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 03:36 p.m.

CRITICS can say what they like about British food, but I'm having a whale of a time on holiday in England enjoying some really honest and down-to-earth meals here.

Expanding tourism relations with Singapore and Malaysia

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 12:25 p.m.

THE Department of Tourism (DOT) targets 10 million international tourist arrivals for 2016.

Carmel of Bacolod now a pilgrim site

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 12:24 p.m.

THE Feast of Our Lady of Carmel was on July 16. The Mass celebration was at 7:30 in the morning at the Carmelite Chapel. I decided to go early as parking in the area during the feasts is usually most difficult. This early, parking was already impossible.

The case of the most delicious Confit de Canard

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 12:22 p.m.

JUST in time for the French National Holiday, Le Quatorze Juillet a.k.a. Bastille Day, which is celebrated on July 14, is this story of my friend’s search for Confit de Canard or Duck Confit, that classic fat-rich French dish.

SM empowering Toboso farmers

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 02:45 p.m.

SM FOUNDATION Inc. (SMFI) launched on Thursday the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers’ Training (KSK-FT) Program in Toboso, Negros Occidental to provide farmers with advanced skills and more effective ways of producing high yield of vegetables and high-value crops.

Under the program, a total of 190 farmers from Sitio Mascuvado in Brgy. Poblacion will be trained for three months on organic farming with the use of new technology to ensure higher produce.

A nostalgic party

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 02:44 p.m.

IN THIS generation of electronic dance and music parties, party people of the 80s and 90s showed the new generation how they party with class and sass through Skyhigh: Backtracks The Music of the 80s and 90s.

Held in the posh Skyview Lounge of East View Hotel, the party was flanked by the bright lights of Bacolod giving it a 71 Gramercy-kind of vibe made better with Bacolonon flair.

Florence: Home of Pinocchio and Gucci

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 12:38 p.m.

WHEN in Florence, what do we bring home for the husbands and the boys? Florence is famous for its leather so definitely it is a wallet. Men have fewer needs than women. Thank God! There was the Florence Market and the Mercato Nuovo.

As we entered, this boar greets us. What is the significance of this boar? The wild boar is the symbol of the City of Florence. A visitor is supposed to rub the nose of the boar for a sure return to Florence. This is a replica of an original in the Uffizi Gallery. They call him the Porcellino or the piglet. There was a wide array of wallets and bags. Choosing from the many they had on display was a feat. Finally I opted for lamb skin for my three sons.

The sunsets of our youth

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 12:37 p.m.

HOW strange it is that lately, I’ve found myself enjoying the early morning sun in ways I never did when I was younger.

This newfound fascination with early mornings, and especially of sunrises, is unfamiliar to someone like me: a life-long night owl whose typical daily waking hour used to be 10:30 am.

SM Foundation plants seedlings in DSB

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 12:36 p.m.

SM FOUNDATION Inc. (SMFI), in partnership with government line agencies and a people’s organization, planted around 2,000 seedlings of hard wood and fruit-bearing trees at the mountainous area of SPAR 20 in Barangay Bunga Don Salvador Benedicto (DSB) on Wednesday.

The tree-planting was in line with SM Foundation’s “Grow A Million Trees” project, an endeavor to support the government’s National Greening Program.

2 Ceres luxury buses launched for Bacolod, Dumaguete

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 12:35 p.m.

VALLACAR Transit Inc., operator of Ceres Liner buses, has inaugurated its two luxury buses that are the “first of its kind in the country and in the entire transport industry.”

VTI president and chief executive officer Leo Rey Yanson said the two luxury buses will start plying the Bacolod-Dumaguete route this week.

CCP holding workshops on theater production

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 04:30 p.m.

WHEN we attend a theater performance today, usually in the evening, the show is commonly set in an indoor stage illuminated by artificial light.

When we attend an outdoor musical concert together with hundreds of audience, even if we are meters away from the stage, we still enjoy the amplified sound and its variants.

One man and his car

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 04:29 p.m.

I'M ON holiday with my family in the UK and we’re staying in East Boldre, a small village in the heart of England's fabled New Forest.

To my great surprise and pleasure, I discovered that a college classmate and friend, John Stolper, lives and works just a few kilometers up the road so I decided to pay him a visit.

A night to remember, 2

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 04:28 p.m.

MORE than a week after the concert of multi-talented and hunk actor Piolo Pascual, dubbed “A Night to Remember,” it was still the talk of the town.

For who could easily forget the handsome face of Piolo and his talent in acting and singing?

On-the-job training

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 04:27 p.m.

NOTHING immerses a student into the real environment of a workplace better than an on-the-job training (OJT) program.

Colleges and universities recognize the importance of providing a venue for the actual implementation of all the theories learned by the students in their previous years of studies.

Trendy eyewear brand coming to Bacolod

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 04:26 p.m.

SUNNIES Studios, an emerging brand founded in 2013 in response to the need for quality eyewear at a reasonable cost, is opening in Bacolod, which will be its 16th branch.

Sunnies by Charlie will open on July 17 at the second level, south arcade of Robinsons Place Bacolod and will be followed by a VIP launch on July 19 with a meet-and-greet session with celebrity model Georgina Wilson.

Colonial comes to Bacolod

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 04:09 p.m.

BACOLOD will host the July 2014 tour of the Colonial, a multi-sensorial and transnational solo dance-theatre piece presentation by a group of Filipino and Filipino-Canadian artists from Vancouver, Canada.

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