Art is life, art is alive

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 07:57 p.m.

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is commemorating this year both its 45th anniversary and the Coral Year (35th) of its Outreach and Exchange Program.

Harland: Feeling cheesy?

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 07:57 p.m.

IT'S a great shame that the most delicious foods on earth always seem to be fattening. Cheese is no exception.

I love it - most of us do. I wonder why?

Magnificent Mondays

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 07:56 p.m.

IT'S 1976, at a track and field event in Spokane, Washington. Nine runners eagerly await the explosion of the starting gun.

The trial of God

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 01:52 a.m.

IF GOD should be put on trial in a modern courtroom, complete with a prosecuting attorney and a defense counsel, and you are one of the members of the jury, how would you decide on a class action suit by the victims of wars, concentration camps and natural disasters against the deity?

This is the gist of the Kanlaon Theater Guild of Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod’s one-act play entitled “The Trial of God” slated on September 24 and 26 at 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. and on September 25 at 12 noon and 4 p.m. at the CSA-B Auditorium.

Bacolod icon's enduring legacy

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:27 p.m.

FROM the outside looking in, it was literally an idea out of the proverbial box.

For a family-owned and family-run business that practically ebbed and waned with the City of Bacolod, to organize an event borne out of the need to give back to its community was a shining example of social responsibility.

Defining our goals and mission

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:26 p.m.

WHAT do you want to be when you grow up? This is a question we often ask our kids. But the question actually entails more than just a simple answer of what profession or work one would like to have.

After conducting numerous training activities with students and professionals alike, I found that it is easier for young people to answer the question "What do you want to HAVE five years from now?" rather than the question "What do you want to BE five years from now?"

Taking a break at Perth Resort

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:22 p.m.

LAST week, I took a break from my hectic schedules, one of which is the preparations for the MassKara Fashion Week.

I decided to spend it with friends at Perth Paradise Resort located at Sitio Sambulawan Barangay 4 Sipalay City.

Rusty Jag

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:19 p.m.

ANY fear the classic car market is softening were dispelled earlier this month when a rusty and dilapidated 1961 Jaguar E-Type, that doesn't run, sold at an English auction for a staggering 78,000 British pounds (P5.6 million).

And it seems the new owner will now have to spend another 120,000 pounds (P8.6 million) to get it on the road.

No food art

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 11:39 p.m.

I FIND it difficult to describe the paintings of German artist Ela Richter which will be on exhibition starting tonight at The Negros Museum. I may not have the right words to encapsulate what she felt, saw, experienced, and expressed through her paintbrush.

But I will try: Intense. Impulsive. Grim. Tender.

Observing suicide prevention day

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 01:39 p.m.

WE OBSERVED the World Suicide Prevention Day last September 10.

In Negros Occidental, the Philippine Mental Health Association (PMHA) Bacolod led the observance of the Suicide Prevention Day in Bacolod.

Bead the Earth

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 01:38 p.m.

THE campaign for the protection and preservation of Mother Earth has become major concern worldwide. The Earth Hour, for example, has reduced electric consumptions among millions of households among nations.

Vermicomposting supports sustainable agriculture

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 01:38 p.m.

FOR agriculture to be sustainable, an advocate must be a user of vermin cast or a producer of one. We call the production of vermi cast as vermicomposting.

Since 2006, the year of the launching of the 1st Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival, I have observed more and more from the private sector--NGOs (non-government organizations), government entities and POs (peoples’ organizations)--going into production of organic fertilizer from the earthworm (African night crawler).

Chips away!

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 10:43 a.m.

ONE of my pet peeves in local supermarkets are the shelf stackers who try and cram as many packets of potato chips as they can into small spaces. The result? Often when you open the bag to enjoy some chips with a beer, you don't have chips, you have bits - sometimes lots of bits.

Despite the number of times I've mentioned this in supermarkets, the practice is clearly here to stay so what to do?

Revolutionize your life today

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 10:42 a.m.

AT 6:30 a.m. on the first Monday of January 2015, Henry is looking at himself in the mirror. He cannot believe it. His belly is gone! He feels full of energy! At 48, he feels like 28!

At 7 a.m. at the breakfast table, Jeremy, his teenager, greets him. “Dad, thanks for listening to me last night. I feel more optimistic today.”

Moonlight becomes her

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 05:31 p.m.

ON ITS own, the moon does not create light. Its light, as seen from Earth, comes from the sun. However, this does not prevent Earth’s inhabitants to regard the moon as a fantastical object shrouded in power and mystery.

Myths about the moon involve the weather (“Pale moon means rain. Dark moon means winds.”), planting (farmers plant crops depending on the phases of the moon), and even mental stability (“lunacy” comes from the Latin word for moon, “luna”).

YSL gardens and a Berber show

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 05:30 p.m.

ONE of the popular destinations in Marrakesh is Jardin Majorelle. Yves Saint Laurent’s (YSL) acquisition of the property gave it more recognition.

The Majorelle Garden has an overpowering abundance of vegetal shapes and forms representing five continents. The interplay of colors, mostly in ariel blue, the pool and the varied species of plants, especially the cacti, gives the garden a mystical force. In the garden is a memorial for Yves Saint Laurent.

Rich architecture in Marrakesh

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 02:11 a.m.

NOT too far away from Riad Hizad was the Museum which became our first destination. The Musee Marrakech is housed in the Dar Menebhi Palace, built at the end of the 19th century and converted into a museum in 1997.

Preparing for MassKara Fashion Week

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 02:10 a.m.

THE MassKara Fashion Week is one of the activities of the 2014 MassKara Festival which will be held on October 1 to 19.

All things must pass

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 02:10 a.m.

A WEEK. Seven days. Equivalent to 168 hours.

It seems unreal that only 168 hours have passed since I last wrote for this column.

Some sort of highway robbery?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 12:02 p.m.

ONE would hardly include Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Dan Brown's controversial Gates of Hell description of Manila, but for motorists unaware of the barangay's Draconian parking policy, a pleasant evening out can often turn into a hellish experience.

BGC must be the only barangay in the entire country where it is illegal to park on any street, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

What is your money behavior?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 12:01 p.m.

JUST as we have different personalities and tendencies, we also have different behaviors when it comes to money matters. Learning to identify which one is yours can help you direct yourself to your financial goal.

Behavior 1: Income - Expenses = Savings

The Rebel of the Caribbean

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 12:00 p.m.

MANY consider Cuba a political pariah and a social rebel. The ideology it envisions has shaken geopolitics to its core and extremely hard to overlook.

This island country west of the Caribbean, 90 miles off Miami, has held its ground and has challenged capitalism for generations.

Palanca awardee to hold writing seminar

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 11:59 a.m.

A WESNECAN Palanca awardee will hold a free seminar-workshop on creative writing at West Negros University (WNU) on Thursday, September 11, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Peter Solis Nery, a Nursing graduate of WNU, is now working as a nurse in Maryland in Los Angeles.

CCP's 45th anniversary show set in Bacolod

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 11:58 a.m.

THE biggest collaborative production of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) will be staged at the John Paul II Cultural Center of the Sacred Heart Seminary in Bacolod 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. of September 23.

Titled "Sining ay Buhay, Buhay and Sining," the show celebrates the 45th anniversary of CCP and its Outreach and Exchange Program.

LCC’s Alumni Queen

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 02:11 p.m.

WE ARE used to seeing young candidates flaunting their physique and beauty in pageants.

But today, I am giving you a different pageant that highlights our still beautiful nanays and lolas. Yes, they may fall beyond the 50 to 60 age-brackets, but they still have what it takes to walk in high heels and wear a crown.

Advocating suicide prevention

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 02:10 p.m.

TOMORROW, September 10, is World Suicide Prevention Day.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) are among those organizations dedicated in preventing suicide.

Going back to La Granja

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 02:09 p.m.

THE vision of Bureau of Plant Industry (also known as the La Granja National Crop Research and Development Center) in La Carlota City is posted on the wall of the manager’s office. It reads, “A leading BPI research center for Legumes committed to the socio-economic upliftment of the lives of the Filipino farmers.”

Negros Occidental joins 25th PhilTravel Mart

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 01:42 p.m.

NEGROS Occidental participated in the 25th Philippine Travel Mart at the SMX Convention Center in Manila over the weekend, from September 5 to 7.

The Philippine Travel Mart is the biggest travel trade exhibition in the promotion and marketing of domestic and inbound tourism.

Pinoy chicken curry

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 01:41 p.m.

I'M SURE I'll be teaching more than one grandmother to suck eggs this week as I'm going to feature what I believe is a very well-known Filipino dish.

I might be the last person in the country to have discovered this dish, and I'm sure readers will have their own recipes, but just in case there are some who have yet to enjoy Filipino chicken curry, here goes.

Comfort foods at Nonna's

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 01:41 p.m.

AMID the hustle and bustle of the city life, we often crave for comfort foods -- those that bring nostalgic or sentimental feeling after each langhap; our childhood memories and the warmth of home come alive with every bite.

There are several restaurants here with this specialty, but they are too pricey for average income earners.

FOREX: US$ 1.00 = PhP 44.511

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