Gershwin Concerto in Bacolod

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:38 p.m.

IT HAS been said that while American composer George Gershwin was a musical genius, he wasn't so hot at composing long works.

Experience is the best teacher

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:38 p.m.

THERE'S a lot of scurry along the halls and inside the classrooms of Lamblight Catholic School these days as the students are preparing for their much-awaited, school-wide final culmination of their studies on entrepreneurship.

A reason for thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:37 p.m.

FOR someone who rarely celebrates birthdays except with the immediate members of my family, there was a cause for celebration. For 30 years, I have been a member of the Legion of Mary and definitely that was a reason for thanksgiving.

Love at first sight

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:59 p.m.

IT’S Philip Garcia's pride and joy and, without doubt, his 1970 Jaguar 2+2 E-type Fixed Head Coupe is the most beautiful car in Negros.

"I'd go further than that," said the local businessman and sugar farmer, "the E-type Jaguar - in all its iterations - is the most beautiful car in the world."

A squid ring story

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:58 p.m.

SQUID rings are those smelly but delicious delicacy popularly hailing from Sagay City, Negros Occidental. They are a little expensive but the addictive munchy experience may be worth the cost. Either eaten solo as a snack or dipped in chilli sauce, squid rings have earned their place in restaurants and in “pasalubong” stores.

Bacolod to host PH MiceCon in 2016

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 12:57 p.m.

BACOLOD City will host the Philippine Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions/Events (Mice) Conference or MiceCon in 2016, the City Hall said yesterday.

This was announced by Stanie Soriano, acting head of the Tourism Promotions Board (PTB), as she turned over the MICE hosting requirements to Mayor Monico Puentevella.

Veggie garden in school

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 02:09 p.m.

THE collaboration among teachers, parents, and pupils of Paglaum Village Elementary School in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod, proved fruitful, as the school-community literally reaped what they sowed.

Forms of addiction

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 02:08 p.m.

WHENEVER we hear the term “addiction,” we often associate it with drug addiction. However, there are other forms of addiction.

“Addiction” is a compulsive need of a certain thing, or need for or use of a habit-forming action. This habit-forming action cannot be controlled and may require professional help.

The fruity difference

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 02:07 p.m.

EATING fruits does wonders to our body. I have not heard of any doctor saying that fruits are hazardous to one’s health (except for a diet of some size per meal for diabetic).

I could still remember my teachers saying that a good home should always have a vegetable garden or fruit-bearing trees. Then, of course, doctors would always say eat more fruits and vegetables to have a longer life.

SMX Bacolod opens exhibit tomorrow

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 02:06 p.m.

THE SMX Convention Center in Bacolod will open its two-day exhibit dubbed, “A Sweet Legacy,” tomorrow, Nov. 26, at the Function Room 3.

The exhibit aims to showcase the best of Negrense heritage, culture and commerce, a press release from the company read.

Shopping in Macau

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 12:51 a.m.

WHILE we have malls, they have hotels for shopping. In Bacolod, we go to hotels mainly to dine or to sleep. In Macau, they go to hotels to shop.

Making a festive Christmas table

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 12:51 a.m.

I REMEMBER as a child in the 1950s, every December out would come the Christmas table decorations that mother had carefully stored from the previous year.

A place for some peace and quiet

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 12:12 a.m.

NESTLED among the rice fields of Bago City is a farm resort that invites nature lovers to stroll, to swim, to bike, to fish, to meditate, and to listen to birdsong.

Two big Marian feasts

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 12:11 a.m.

YESTERDAY, November 21, the Catholic Church celebrated two big Marian Feasts-The Presentation of Our Lady, and Feast of Our Lady of the Rule (or Nuestra Señora de la Regla).

Unveiling Jess Ayco the artist

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 03:19 p.m.

VERY little is known about the artist and the man, Jess Ayco. I vaguely recall his name from when I was a little girl but it was sometime this year, at a premier of the movie Sonata, that his name resurfaced in my consciousness.

Multi-awarded director Peque Gallaga, who has taken on a seemingly lonely mission to talk about his revered mentor at every given opportunity, spoke so sentimentally about Jess Ayco and the impact he had not only on him as an artist, but in the development of art in Negros.

What are you most thankful for?

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 03:18 p.m.

AMIDST the hustle and bustle of the city life, it’s easy to overlook the small things we come across – random acts of kindness by strangers, considerations given by people you have to deal with, an air-conditioned room on a hot day, or hot food on your table.

Yet we keep busy because we cannot afford to stay idle. We have a thousand things on our mind that we are able to see and enjoy the simple pleasures in life. We find it quite difficult to list even five things we are thankful for today.

A lifetime of gratitude for our teachers

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 01:38 a.m.

THE title may be a cliché but when it comes to thanking our teachers, it will never be one. How can bestowing gratitude to the very people who provided us armor in battling life's curveballs be tiring?

How safe is your car?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 01:38 a.m.

IF YOU drive a Toyota Fortuner you'd better make sure it's always securely parked. It's the number one favorite of car thieves.

Lifestyle inflation

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 01:37 a.m.

WE ARE getting more expensive. The swelling up of our budget as time goes by can be traced to inflation.

Tinabu-ay Festival of Murcia

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 11:44 a.m.

MURCIA’S annual Tinabu-ay Festival has transformed from a celebration of good harvest to a celebration of life and its people’s achievements.

Now on its 18th year, the municipal government has prepared exciting and significant activities starting Nov. 28 until the culmination on Dec. 28, in time for Mama Mary’s birthday.

Observance of Drug Prevention Week

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 11:43 a.m.

“SAY No to Drugs,” and “Be in Sports, Not in Drugs” are two very popular slogans that we see in barangays and schools that aim to fight and eradicate drugs.

But do people really pay attention to these slogans? Countless of times people are told how bad illegal drugs are. Many heed this call but there are still many who say they can’t “live” without it.

Rice ratooning

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 11:43 a.m.

RICE ratooning is one of the oldest technologies I learned as a farm kid.

My grandfather and my father used to do it. Some farmers would do it also, especially when most of them were farming in the rain-fed lowland areas and cannot make it to the second crop anymore.

Honoring media excellence in Bacolod

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 03:00 p.m.

FIVE Bacolod media practitioners were honored for their excellence by the Negros Press Club (NPC), while fourteen more were honored for lifetime achievement by the Rotary Club of Bacolod-East (RCBE), at rites at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall Saturday night.

Soup time again

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 02:58 p.m.

YES, it's back to soups this week. I love them and they are a great way to have a light - and often healthy - lunch or snack.

Today, I’m going to look at a couple starting with carrot, ginger and coconut soup. The spiciness of the ginger and the sweetness of the carrots make for a tasty combination.

Promoting healthy eating through Pinakbet Festival

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 02:57 p.m.

THE Pinakbet Festival was a healthy competition—literally and figuratively.

Figuratively, the Pinakbet Festival was a healthy competition as it showed sportsmanship, competency and good work ethics.

Artworks on life’s vitality and vulnerability

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 03:46 p.m.

IN CELEBRATION of the 13th Visayas Islands Visual Arts Exhibition and Conference (VIVA ExCon) from Nov. 13 to 16, Visayan visual artists interpreted the vitality and vulnerability of life in the social world through an exhibit dubbed, “VIVA Inspire Lifeforce,” that opened at the Gallery Orange Thursday.

‘Lifesforce’ is one of the three major exhibitions of VIVA ExCon, the other two are the Jess Ayco Modern Art Exhibition at Balay ni Tana Dicang in Talisay City and the Garbo Honoring and Exhibition at the Negros Museum.

The pilgrim Sta. Teresa de Avila

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 03:45 p.m.

STA. Teresa was born on March 28, 1515 in Avila, Spain. Next year, 2015, marks her 500th birth centenary. With the many devotees of this Doctor of the Church who founded the Discalced Order of the Carmelites, the Carmelite friars and nuns, decided that her image and her relics will make a pilgrimage to the different churches and parishes around Negros.

Today until the 17th, she will be at the Queen of Peace Church in Hua Ming. From the 17th to 24th, her relics will be at the Redemptorist Church. From the 28th up to December 1, she will at the Riverside Chapel and La Salle will be her home after up to the 5th of December. Take advantage of this pilgrimage to be touched by this powerful saint who touched so many lives not only the friars and nuns of Carmel but lay people all throughout the world.

An urban destination on the rise

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 03:39 p.m.

AS BACOLOD finds itself in the middle of MassKara Festival fever, locals and visitors are converging at the latest place to be, and to be seen.

A stone’s throw away from the Bacolod Government Center, also known as People’s House, a neighborhood is abuzz and thick with young professionals and families.

A hilarious celebration

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 03:38 p.m.

WHAT better way to celebrate life and one’s accomplishments but throw a party that will make everyone laugh and enjoy the good times? This was what exactly happened at the grand 15th year celebration of Jaunts and Journeys, one of the longest running tour operators in Western Visayas, last week.

Alongside the corporate affair, its founder, Frederick Pe, also celebrated his birthday. Without long speeches and traditional party perks, the flamboyant Mr. Pe invited the master jester of Eat Bulaga to entertain his guests. I for one was emotionally high as Ian Red, a stand-up comedian for more than 15 years, cracked his punch lines and jokes with perfect spontaneity.

Celebrating World Mental Health Day

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 03:37 p.m.

SINCE 1992, the World Mental Health Day is observed globally every October 10. It was initiated by the World Federation of Mental Health (WFMH), an international organization focused on promotion of mental health, prevention of mental disorders and lessening the stigma attached to it.

The Philippine Mental Health Association (PMHA) is a member of WFMH. The PMHA National Office in Quezon City and its nine chapters in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao celebrated the World Mental Health Day in different provinces.

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