Bacolod is now the football city

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014


THIS writer greets readers a Happy Easter as we ended the Lenten Season last Sunday. Several homecomings of our Alma Mater, and family reunions were timed for the occasion as families got reunited for a day or two.

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Safety measures were initiated by government agencies to ensure that motorists got assistance as they traveled to their respective destinations. But the government should always be on guard daily of its services to the public. It should not be for mere “pogi” points by doing special tasks on special days. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board should do its job in making sure that public utility vehicles do not travel with worn out tires (which we noticed along the highway) and that proper vehicle lights are in order. The problem with government is that they serve the people during office hours only. They are not serious and passionate.

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Our friends at the Land Transportation Office should perform night operations when more violators are in sight. How about the tricycles that ply the highways without lights and reflective devices? Even the Department of Public Works and Highways are remiss of their duty to oblige contractors to install reflective signage in their road projects. Does anybody care?

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Bacolod City is preparing itself to be the venue of the 2014 AFC President’s Cup on May 6 to 10. The team from the Philippines is represented by Ceres-La Salle Football team passionately initiated by the Yanson Family of Negros Occidental. The Yanson clan should be given due recognition for their efforts in sharing their passion, resources and dedication in creating a football team worth representing Bacolod City and Negros Occidental and the Philippines as a whole.

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The teams that will compete in Bacolod City are those from Turkemenistan, Taiwan and North Korea. With these champion teams competing, we encourage members of football clubs and football teams from several schools to watch the games daily. Some areas of the Panaad Park and Stadium will offer free viewing during the games.

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Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella is pooling muscles for this football competition, making the city a sports tourism city and giving the residents of the city and the province the opportunity to watch and experience first class football play. Organizers of this event should send out formal invitation to football clubs and school teams to ensure that they are aware of the event and make them witness the football games as their process of actual game experience viewing.

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Sports writers will cover this football encounter and local media guys Allen del Carmen and Scoop president Jerome Galunan Jr. are ensuring massive media coverage of the games to give Bacolod City a good mileage to the world of football.

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This column greets big bikers Dan Atayde, Mikey Benedicto, Bobby Tinsay and Boody Valderrama; Pipoy Olaira of Nature’s Spring Water; Willy Uy Au and Frank Carbon; Rotarians Doc Chris Sorongon, Van Encabo and Jane Lizares; Mike Arimas and Julius Abiera; Doc Herm Javellana and Humberto J. Colmenares; Marjotin and Myshka Javellana; Erlinda Regalado; Linus and Joy Jimenez; and Dr. Ronel Quinon.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 22, 2014.

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