NEGROS Occidental third district Representative Alfredo Benitez will be the guest speaker Friday, December 1, in the 39th Real Estate Brokers Association of the Philippines Inc. (Rebap) national convention being held at L'Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City.

Rebap president Rhoneil R. M. Mercado said they invited the Negrense lawmaker being the House committee on housing and urban development.

Mercado said Thursday's opening of the convention was very successful, with more than 500 licensed brokers from all over the country attending the three-day gathering.

"As we all want to be environment conscious, we have released doves and butterflies during the opening. The ringing of the bell signals the opening of business and exhibits wherein the developers showcase their respective projects," he said.

Continuing professional development seminars were also held on Thursday, November 30.

Convention chairman Randy Christopher Berner said the opening program was "very beautiful."

"Personally, it was something different. We let the delegates experience Bacolod. That's the main thought of our convention. We don't want them to stay in their hotels and we want them to enjoy Bacolod and appreciate the city and what Bacolod can offer," he added.