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Who is your choice for Governor for the Province of Negros Occidental

  • Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon Jr.

    Votes: 68 93.2%
  • VG Genaro M. Alvarez

    Votes: 1 1.4%
  • Cong. Alfredo Abelardo B. Benitez

    Votes: 1 1.4%
  • Cong. Jeffrey Ferrer

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Mayor Juliet Marie D, Ferrer

    Votes: 1 1.4%
  • Former Gov. Rafael L. Coscolluela

    Votes: 2 2.7%

  • Total voters
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Experience a happy blending of cosmopolitan and rustic lifestyle in Negros Occidental, the sugar capital of the country. Celebrate nature’s blessings: waterfalls, caves, mountains, rivers, springs and valleys. Go hiking and camping, fishing and angling, scuba diving and snorkeling, mountain biking and sky diving with guidance from reliable locals. Wealth has always been its land, its charm in its people, its pride in its cuisine. These elements make for a destination that is best when experienced.

Negrenses are regarded as affectionate, generous, fun loving people who enjoy the finer things in life and who definitely celebrate in style. Nights here come alive with the rows of clubs, videoke bars and restaurants which major line up Lacson Street. La Salle Avenue, BS Aquino Drive, East Complex, and Goldenfields Commercial and Entertainment Complex.


Sipalay City- Known as the Jewel of Sugar Island​
 

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Things to Do and see in Negros Occidental...

Historical:

Revolutionary Markers-
These markers in Bago and Silay Cities and E.B. Magalona, 22 km. and 15 km. from Bacolod City, respectively; commemorate the spots where local revolutionaries fought against Spanish authorities during the Negros revolution of 1898 and the American forces later on.
Araneta and Lacson Monuments (Bago City and Talisay)- 22 km. and 6 km. from Bacolod City, respectively; in memory of two great leaders of the Negros revolution.

Fountain of Justice (Bacolod City)-
Where the Capitulation of Bacolod was signed between the Spanish authorities and revolutionary forces.
Instituto Rizal (Bacolod City) - First public school established in Bacolod in 1902.

Church of Talisay (Talisay) -
7 km. from Bacolod City; constructed in the early part of 1900s; where the remains of Fr. Fernando Cuenca and Gen. Aniceto Lacson are being kept.

The House of Don Mariano Ramos (Bacolod City) -
Ancestral home of the late Don Mariano Ramos, first appointed Presidente Municipal of Bacolod.

Capitol Building (Bacolod City)
Imposing structure of Romanesque neo-classical architectural design, official seat of government of the Province of Negros Occidental; served as headquarters of the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II.

Old Fort at Himamaylan (Himamaylan)
83 km. from Bacolod City; served as a garrison when the town became the capital of Negros in 1795.

Yulo Ancestral House (Bacolod City)
By the sea; built in the early part of the 1900s; residence of Don Alfredo Yulo, mayor of Bacolod at the coming of World War II.

Balay Negrense (Silay City)
Originally the house of Victor Gaston, the eldest son of the Frenchman Yves Germaine Leopold Gaston who developed the sugar industry in northern Negros.

Ancestral House of Don Francisco Rodriguez
Built in 1938; occupied by the Japanese Imperial Army in 1941.

Balay ni Tan Juan (Bago City)
Built in the 19th century, this house once served as the residence of Gen. Juan Anacleto Araneta. Also known as “Balay na Bato”.

Old Bago Bridge (Bago City)
This bridge played a crucial role during the battle for the liberation of Negros islands against the Japanese.

Japanese Shrine (Bgy. Paraiso, Sagay City)
Commemorates the 2nd World War.

Eusebio Lopez Memorial School (Bgy. Paraiso, Sagay City)
Served as an incarceration area of captured American pilots and soldiers. Was also the headquarters of the 4th Flt. Division of the Japanese Imperial Airforce.

WWII Memorial Wall (Cadiz City)
A monument to Negrenses who figured prominently in the liberation of Negros from the Japanese Imperial Forces.

Cultural:

Ancestral House of Dr. Soriano (Bacolod City).
Constructed in 1901, the house was made of hardwood with fine carvings; served as a hospital during the Japanese occupation.

Hofileña Ancestral House (Silay City).
15 km. from Bacolod city; home to a collection of rare art pieces, antiques and paintings done by Luna, Rizal, and Hidalgo; venue of the first wood printing in Negros.

Hacienda Fe Ancestral House of Don Eusebio Uriarte Y Hermanos (La Carlota City).
42 km. from Bacolod City; where the Circulo de Agriculture, a planters organization, formed to undertake an anti-locust campaign.

The House of Don Mariano Ramos (Bacolod City).
Ancestral home of the late Don Mariano Ramos, first appointed Presidente Municipal of Bacolod.

Gaston Farm House (Silay City).
15 km. from Bacolod City; typical example of a "sugar baron's mansion"; coverted into a museum and known today as the "Balay Negrense".

Ramos Residence.
European architectural design; became the wartime residence of General Taga-ishi Kono, Provincial commander of the Japanese Imperial Army.

Negros Museum.
Showcases the important historical events which made Negros the "sugar bowl of the Philippines."

Bernardino-Ysabel Jalandoni Museum.
Built in 1912; converted into a Family Museum by the Silay Heritage group.

Lizares Ancestral House (Talisay).
One of the elaborately constructed mansions in Negros Occidental.

Hacienda House of Don Teodolfo M. Infante (Hacienda Guadalupe, San Carlos City).
Built in 1929 with intricate woodwork, it is considered to be the most beautiful hacienda house of that era; an architectural heritage masterpiece.

Steam Locomotives (San Carlos Milling Inc., San Carlos City). Dates back to 1911. Used to bring sugar planters from the Hacienda to the Sugar Mills.

Central Azucarera dela Carlota Steam Loco (La Carlota City).
About 17 ALCO (American Locomotive Company) and Baldwin made steam locos are owned by Central Azucarera dela Carlota. About 9 are in running condition.

Muscovado Sugar Mills (Hacienda Canman-ug, La Carlota City).
These Muscovado Sugar Mills are forerunners of Modern Sugar Mills. The ruins of the Muscovado Sugar Mill which was constructed in 1910 and powered by an A & W Smith Steam Company engine manufacturer in 1883 in Glasgow. This is the only mill ruin left in Negros with stoves and caldrons still intact.

La Granja Agricolas (La Granja, La Carlota City).
Established in 1881. An Agricultural Model Farm or La Granja Modelo was created through a Royal decree issued on Nov. 15, 1881 but opened on July 8, 1884 with Engr. Jose sanchez as its 1st Director.

Ma-ao Sugar Central (Bago City).
Built in the early part of 1918. One of the oldest sugar centrals of Negros.

Natural:

Patag Valley Trekking (Silay City).
45 km. from Bacolod City; located 400 meters above sea level between the highlands of Mt. Silay and Mt. Marapara; home of the Philippines’ spotted deer; highlight of the visit is a skyline ride.

Danjugan Island (Cauayan).
177.5 km. from Bacolod City; 3 hectare reserve marine sanctuary, a virtual marine paradise to lovers of the underwater world.

Busac-Busac Spring (Hacienda Reboton, Bgy. Tinampa-an, Cadiz City).
Main source of potable water in Cadiz City.

Alinsiyawan Falls (Sitio Aglolo-od, Bgy. Palmpas, San Carlos City).
35 min. more or less by private vehicle and 1 hr. by public transport from Pamhawan proper direct to falls passing hacienda Euskara, Hacienda Neguri Pamhawan or Hacienda Basconia to Sitio Aglolo-od.

Sipaway Island (Eastern part of San Carlos City).
Also known as Refugio Island. Has century-old Balete tree, white sand beach resort, Lopez beach house for snorkeling & scuba diving, a private wharf and recreation center, and a huge public swimming pool.

Codcod Rice Terraces (Bgy. Codcod, San Carlos City).
28 km. from city proper. One of the 2 main sources of rice and vegetables.

Choco Hills (Bgy. Prosperidad, San Carlos City).
Can be seen along the Negros Translink Ecotourism Highway. Differ in sizes and variations. Distance is 18 km.

Kipot Twin Falls (Bgy. Mailum, Bago City).
Consists of a stream separated by a sharp overhang that splits the water into 2 seemingly identical cascades.

Bagacay Falls & Asaw Asaw Falls (Bgy. Mailum, Bago City).
The falls are located at a place accessible only by foot; is an ideal retreat haven for nature lovers.

Rafael Salas Park and Nature Center (Guintubdan, Bago City).
A special interest park that serves as a gateway to the Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park.

Guintubdan and Mt. Kanlaon Natl. Park (Sitio Guintubdan, Bgy. Ara-al, La Carlota City).
A tropical hideaway beneath a canopy of forest. Has springs, waterfalls, giant trees, ferns, among others.

Isla Puti (Escalante).
101 km. from Bacolod City; immense sand bar islet jutting out of the sea and measuring about 2 hectares in area.

Sagay Marine Sanctuary (Sagay).
86 km. from Bacolod City; established in 1978; an aggregate area of 200 hectares covering the so-called carbin reef, maca reef, maca shoal, and panal reef.

Ubong Cave (Hinobaan).
202 km. from Bacolod City; system of cave passages situated at the coastline of Sitio Ubong. Ideal for beginner spelunkers.

Pating Cave (Kabankalan).
Highest cave found in the eastern part of Bgy. Magballo.

Hagdanan Cave (Kabankalan).
Named so because of the natural formation of stairs made of stone inside the cave leading to the water under it.

Carbin Reef & Maca Reef (Sagay City).
Serves as a breeding ground of diverse marine species.

Religious:

Balaang Bukid ni Maria (Sitio Tongo, Bgy. Palampas, San Carlos City).
About 6.5 km. from city proper. Features Stations of the Cross with a Holy Cross statue of the Blessed Mother and a shrine overlooking the scenic areas of San Carlos.

Church of Our Lady Of Peace and Good Voyage (Lapaz, La Carlota City).
One of the early few churches of Romanesque architectural design. Built in 1876-77 and made of Silay red brick and corral stones.

St. John the Baptist Church (Bago City).
It is a century-old edifice built during the time of Fr. Juan Penido, with Mexican architecture. Located at the southern portion of Bago Public Plaza.

San Vicente Ferrer Church (Sagay City).
2 centuries old church. Devotees flock to the shrine of San Vicente every Friday, especially the 1st Friday of the month.

Chapel of Carthweels (Manapla).
Main attraction in the Chapel is Christ crucified in a cartwheel, as well as the altar made from a large solid rock and the virgin Mary carved out of solid "santol" tree.

San Sebastian Cathedral.
Bishop's Palace built by Fr. Julian Gonzaga served as refuge for the Spanish military and civil officials.

The Church of San Diego (Silay City).
15 km. from Bacolod City; Basilica type of architectural work constructed in the 1920s.

Mural of Birhen sang Barangay (Bacolod City).
Large mural mosaic of 95,000 pieces of shells of various species in their natural colors. A unique work of art found at the Chapel of Sta. Clara.

Sta. Ana Grotto (San Carlos City).
Built by Atty. Silverio Eusebio in the late 1960s; gained attraction among those whose illnesses and disabilities were miraculously "cured."

La Carlota Church (La Carlota City).
Constructed in 1876 out of corals and ducks eggs.

Church of Valladolid.
Constructed in 1877 under the supervision of the Recollect friar Carlos Ubeda.

Church of St. Joseph.
Found at the heart of Victorias Milling Co. complex; features the world-renowned mural of "Christ" done in psychedelic colors.

Church of Vito (Sagay City).
This century-old church is a mecca of the devotees of St. Vincent Ferrer.

Church of St. Magdalene (Hinigaran).
Built in 1858, the church was said to have a bell made of silver and gold weighing 480 kg.


Man-Made:

La Fortuna Nature and Wildlife Lagoon (Sitio Katingal-an, Bgy. Buluangan, San Carlos City)
Owned by the Ledesma family. About 12 km. from the city proper. Lagoon has Taiwan-variety and Tilapia fishes. Area is planted with various fruit and hardwood trees. Has several species of birds & domesticated animals.

Negros Museum.
Showcases the important historical events which made Negros the "sugar bowl of the Philippines."

Fort San Juan.
Constructed in 1888; served as the jail for prisoners during the Spanish era.

Mambucal Mountain Resort (Murcia)
30 km. from Bacolod City; gateway to the Mt. Kanlaon National Park; built as a spa in 1928; situated at an altitude of roughly 2,000 ft. above sea level on the north-western foot of Mt. Kanlaon.


Economic:

Crocodile Farm (Bgy. Abuanan, Bago City).
An extension of the Palawan Crocodile Farm Institute.

Sericulture Farm (Bago City).
Specializes in the production of raw silk from the cocoon of silk worm. Managed by the Organization on Industrial Spiritual and Cultural Advancement (OISCA), a Japanese private organization.

Hanao Hanao Community Development (Bago City)
Community members were trained on “patadyong” weaving using handloom and pottery making as an alternative source of income during the milling season.

B-4 Duck Farm (Bago City)
One of the biggest producers of duck eggs in Negros, accounting for around 30,000 heads.


Negros Occidental Is Famous For......

Beaches
Negros Occidental is also endowed with popular beaches and island destinations located up north and down south of the province.

Kabataang Silay Performing Arts and Rondalla Ensemble
These Young Cultural Ambassadors of Silay bring out the best of Philippine Visayan and rural folk dances and music.

Ancestral Houses
Reflect the grandiouse and lavish lifestyle of the Negrense elite during the turn of the century.

Sugar Mills and Plantation
The Sugar Industry itself - the mono-crop economy that made Negros the “Sugar Bowl” of the Philippines.

Mambukal Resort
Located 31 km. east of Bacolod City. This resort is surrounded by therapeutic sulfur springs, seven waterfalls, mountain streams, lush valleys, and hiking trails leading to Mt. Kanlaon.

Golf Facilities
The province has three world-class golf courses, Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club, Bacolod Golf and Country Club, and VICMICO Golf and Country Club, and has produced some of the country’s best swingers.

Festivals
Negros Occidental is known to be the most numbered in festivals depicting certain cultures in each of its 19 towns and 13 cities.

Cuisine
The food in Negros is legendary. Its mouth-watering dishes rank among the best the island has to offer. It is particularly popular for sugar-based food items, delicacies, and chicken “inasal. “

Iron Dinosaurs (Steam Locomotives)
Known among locomotive enthusiasts as the “Steam Paradise of the Philippines.” The Central Azucarera de La Carlota and Hawaiian Philippines Co. sugar centrals maintain these machines in good working condition. Each milling season, one may occasionally encounter one of these “dragons” creeping along the canefields like a mechanical caterpillar dragging along a host of canefield cars.

Panaad Park and Stadium
The stadium brings together the 13 cities and 19 municipalities in a showcase of history, arts and culture, tourism, trade, commerce and industry, beauty and talent as well as games and sports during the Pannad sa Negros Festival.
 

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Natures Village ResortLocation:
Talisay Hi-way, Negros Occidental
Time of Travel: 10-15 minutes from Bacolod
Mode of Transportation: PUJ's and Private Vehicle
Facilities: Golf Driving Range, Restaurant, Resort Swimming Pool, Children's Park, Gazebos and Picnic Grove, Function Hall, Room Accommodations @ The Village Inn.
Contact Nos. Tel: (034) 495-3368 / Fax No. (034) 441-1104
Email: [email protected]

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The Quiet Place Farm Resort
Location: Brgy. Bago City, Negros Occidental
Time of Travel: 20 minutes from Bacolod City
Mode of Transportation: PUJ's and Private Vehicle
Facilities: Swimming Pool, Pavillons, Billiard, Table Tennis, Children's Play Park, Camping Ground, Hiking Trail, Barbecue Pits, Tropical Spa and Picnic Huts.
Contact Nos. Tel: (034) 707-7011, Fax: (034) 707-0017 Resort: 731-0700
E-mail: [email protected]

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Buenos Aires Mountain Resort
Location: Brgy. Ilijan, Bago City
Time of Travel: 45 minutes to 1 hour from Bacolod
Mode of Transportation: PUJ's
Facilities: Hotel Rooms, Cottages, Pavillons, Brgy Booths, Shed Houses, Function Rooms, Food and Beverages Outlet and Swimming Pool.
Contact Nos. Tel: (+6334) 461-0540 / 461-0164, Fax: (+6334) 461-0199
E-mail: [email protected]

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Mambukal Resort
Location: Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental
Time of Travel: 30-45 minutes from Bacolod City
Mode of Transportation: Private Vehicles, PUJ's
Facilities: Function Hall, Swimming Pools, Therapeutic Warm Dipping Pool, Picnic Huts, Bat Watching, Boating, Wall Climbing, Slide for Life, Canopy Walk, Camping Ground, Overnight Cottages, Hotel Rooms and Food Court.
Contact Nos. Tel: (034) 709-0990, Telefax: (034) 710-0800

MAMBUKAL leisure trails to the first three water falls, view deck along the way, adventure trails for the remaining four water falls beyond the seventh falls, trekking and hiking to the Wonder of Mt. Kanlaon Nature Park.

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Balicaocao Highland Resort
Location: Brgy. Orong, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental
Time of Travel: 2 hours and 30 minutes from Bacolod City
Mode of Transportation: Ceres Bus and Private Cars
Facilities: Swimming Pool, Pavillon, 4 Cottages
Contact Nos. Tel: (034) 471-2291

BALICAOCAO, gently nestled on the hill more than 500 above sea level, Balicaocao offers perfect ambiance for rest and leisure, while making breathtaking view and panorama of the coastal towns of southern Negros Occidental, the blue Waters of Panay Gulf and the island Province of Guimaras.

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Kipot Summer Resort
Location: Brgy. Ma-ao, Bago City, Negros Occidental
Time of Travel: 1 hour and 30 minutes from Bacolod City
Mode of Transportation: Bus, Private Car
Facilities: 5 Shade Houses, 4 Cottages
Contact Nos. Tel: (034) 410-5040
City Tourism Office, Bago City, Fax: (034) 8036

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Jomabo Island Paradise Beach Resort
Time of Travel: 2 hours drive from Bacolod to Barcelona Port, Old Escalante and 20 minutes motorized boat ride to Jomabo
Mode of Transportation: Jomabo Van and Minicoaster by land & Jomabo pumpboat by sea.
Facilities: Cavanas, Deluxe Aircon Rooms, Family Cottage, Duplex, Tent, Ocean Kayak, Aqua Cycle Waterwheel and Banana Boat.
Contact Nos. Tel: (034) 434-3972 / 707-1904 / 434-3971
Fax: 433-2159, Cell No. 0917-5475943
Email: [email protected] Website: www.jomabo.com

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Lakawon Island Beach Resort
Location: Cadiz Viejo, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental
Time of Travel: From Bacolod to Cadiz Viejo, 1 hour and 30 minutes
Mode of Transportation: Private and Public Vehicles
Facilities: Non-Aircon and Aircon Cottages, Tables and four chairs, Nipa Hut w/ Papag
Contact Nos. Tel: (034) 433-0808 / 434-7737

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Costa Aguada Island Resort
Location: Inampulugan Island, Sibunag, Guimaras
Time of Travel: 45 minutes from Bacolod to Pulupandan and 45 minutes ride by motor boat
Mode of Transportation: PUJ's and Private Vehicles
Facilities: Bamboo Cottages, Coconut Pavillon, Bar Cowrie Gift Shop, Swimming Pool, Outdoor Sport Complex with Tennis Courts and Indoor Sports, Pavillon for Table and Board Games, Children Playground, Horseback Riding and Jungle Trek.
Contact Nos. Tel: (034) 434-4541 / (034) 433-7373
E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.costa.com.ph


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Palmas Del Mar
Location: J.R. Torres, Tangub, Bacolod City
Time of Travel: 10 minutes from downtown
Mode of Transportation: Private and Public Vehicles
Facilities: Hotel Amenities, Car/Van Assistance, Free Airport Transfer, Functions Rooms, Clubhouse, Picnic Grove, Restaurant and Bar
Contact Nos. Tel: (034) 434-7971 / 435-3527 / Fax: (034) 434-7972
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.palmasdelmar.ph.com

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Manapla Seaside Resort
Location: Brgy. Punta Salong, Manapla, Negros Occidental
Time of Travel: 1 hour drive from Bacolod City
Mode of Transportation: Cars
Facilities: Visitor's Lounge, Multi-Purpose Hall, Adults Pool, Net Roofing, Air-Conditioned Rooms, Karaoke Bar, Bicycles, Roof Deck, Kiddies Pool Side Canopy.
Contact Nos. Tel: (034) 434-6779 / Cell Nos: 0917-5476583 / 09294927028 / 0919-5519772

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Sunburst Bay Resort
Location: Brgy. Mambulac, Silay City
Time of Travel: 25 minutes from Bacolod
Mode of Transportation: Private and Public Utility Vehicles
Facilities: Function Halls, Carmencita Ballroom, Junior Olympic Size Swimming w/ Kiddie Pool, Pavillon for Conferences, Laterazza for Reunion, Playground, Beach Volleyball, Fishing, Boating, Lagoon, Restaurant, Rooms
Contact Nos. Tel: (034) 495-6611 / 495-6612
E-mail: [email protected]




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Takatuka Lodge & Dive Resort
Location: Langub Beach, Sipalay, Negros Occidental
Time of Travel: 4 hours drive from Bacolod to Sipalay and 15 minutes ride by motor boat
Mode of Transportation: Private and Public Vehicles
Facilities: Whitesand Beach, Cozy Aircon Cottages, Family Cottages, Diving Boat and Trekking Tours, Restaurant, Camping and Snorkeling.
Contact Nos. Tel: 0920-2309174
Website: www.takatuka-lodge.com

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Jara Beach Resort
Location: Km 16 Calumangan, Bago City, Negros Occidental
Time of Travel: 30 minutes from Bacolod
Mode of Transportation: Public Utility Vehicles
Facilities: Daytime and Overnight Accommodation and Catering Services, Function Halls, Live-in Seminar Packages, Special Wedding Package and Recreational Facilities
Contact Nos. Tel: (034) 709-7661 / 732-4505 Cell Nos: 0919-7670144 / 0920-3033110
Email: [email protected]

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Happy Valley Beach Resort
Location: Brgy. Punta Salong, Manapla, Negros Occidental
Time of Travel: 1 hour drive from Bacolod City
Mode of Transportation: Cars
Facilities: Visitor's Lounge, Multi-Purpose Hall, Adults Pool, Net Roofing, Air-Conditioned Rooms, Karaoke Bar, Bicycles, Roof Deck, Kiddies Pool Side Canopy.
Contact Nos. Tel: (034) 434-6779 / Cell Nos: 0917-5476583 / 09294927028 / 0919-5519772

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Bonista Beach Resort
Location: Brgy. Buenavista, Escalante City, Negros Occidental
Time of Travel: 2 hours from Bacolod
Mode of Transportation: Private Vehicles, Cars and Buses
Facilities: White Sand Beach, Restaurant, Karaoke Bar, Swimming Pools, Air-conditioned Rooms
Contact Nos. Tel: (034) 454-0065 / Cell No. 0917-3609087

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Punta Bulata Beach Resort
Location: Brgy. Ilijan, Cauyan, Negros Occidental
Time of Travel: 2 1/2 hours from Bacolod
Mode of Transportation: Private Vehicles, Rent-a-Car and Public Buses
Facilities: Air-Conditioned Rooms w/ hot & cold shower, Bar & Restaurant, Honeymoon Suite, Volleyball Court, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Fishing and Diving
Contact Nos. Tel: (034) 433-5160
Website: www.puntabulata.com

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Soleo Beach Resort
Location: Brgy. Tabao Baybay, San Enrique, Negros Occidental
Time of Travel: 45 minutes south of Bacolod
Mode of Transportation: Private and Public Vehicles
Facilities: Overnight Accommodation, Picnic Day Cottages, Social and Function Hall, Fresh Water Swimming Pool and Canteen / dine in
Contact Nos. Tel: (034) 736-1067 Cell No. 0919-7120408

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Laura Beach Resort
Location: Brgy. Daga, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental
Time of Travel: 1 1/2 hour from Bacolod City
Mode of Transportation: Ceres Bus and Private Cars
Facilities: Rooms, Karaoke Bar, Disco Bar, Function Rooms, Swimming Pool, Tennis Court, Basketball and Volleyball Court
Contact Nos. Tel: (034) 493-0565 / 493-0071 Fax: (034) 493-0072

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Paradiso Beach Resort
Location: Brgy. Miranda, Hinigaran, Negros Occidental
Time of Travel: 1 hour and 20 minutes from Bacolod City
Mode of Transportation: Ceres Bus and Private Cars
Facilities: Clean Cottages, Adult and Kiddie Pools, Specialty Restaurant, Fashion Boutique, Recreation Cabana, 200 seater Pavillon and Amusement Billiard Hall
Contact Nos. Tel: (034) 391-7162 / 434-5575 Fax: (034) 433-3689

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Canonoy Beach Resort
Location: Brgy. Sitio Canonoy, Hinigaran, Negros Occidental
Time of Travel: 1 hour for Public vehicles, 30-45 minutes for private vehicles
Mode of Transportation: Public and Private Vehicles
Facilities: Shade houses, cottages for overnights, Archangel Hall for Seminars, Swimming Pool (Mini-Olympics and Kiddie) and Recreation Facilities
Contact Nos. Tel: (034) 391-7841 / Cell No. 0919-7718875


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Gawahon Views
by Karen Dinsay

What was once was a no-man's land or a rebels' lair has become an emerging eco-tourism destination in this part of the country, a place to unwind as one communes with nature set against the backdrop of facilities of modern comfort and convenience.

This is Gawahon Eco Park, located 18 kms. from the city proper of Victorias. With its seven waterfalls, a boating lagoon, overnight cottages perched on hills, picnic huts, gazebos, a viewing deck and a multi-purpose pavilion, it is now considered the premier nature-based attraction of the city. A swimming pool is under construction at the top of the mountain, amid the verdant greens of the upland attraction. The cottages, of various sizes, can accommodate from four to 30 persons. All rooming facilities can accommodate a total of about 70 guests.

The park occupies 162 has. of forest land which forms part of the 80,000-ha. Northern Negros Natural Park. The area, especially the first and second falls, thrives with big ferns and has a rare flora and fauna collection.

The city government under Mayor Severo Palanca is constructing a concrete road to the park to make travel more comfortable for Gawahon visitors. The park is scheduled to be inaugurated late in October.

Those interested to visit Gawahon may make arrangements with Joy Famini of the Victorias City Mayor's Office at Tel. Nos. 034-399-3459 and 399-2906.
 

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Our Weekend in Negros

The following article was emailed to StarLife by Ambrosio Gotera, a native of Igbaras, Iloilo, who migrated to Toronto, Canada 35 years ago. Gotera and his wife, Consuelo, revisited the country early this year when they met Gg. Turismo Andrew Alipato, a St. La Salle senior, who won the title a pageant held during the MassKara Festival last year. Organizers of Ginoong Turismo said they have reset this year's competition to December. Gtoera said he wrote StarLife to share his experiences in Bacolod and other parts of the country "after reading some interesting articles on the impressions of visitors in Negros in your online StarLife Sunday."

The writer, a former high school teacher in Igbaras, is a book author, a poet and a historian. He wrote The Igbarasnon, a historical compilation of his home town, a novel, Datu Puti, and a collection of poems, The Star of Bethlehem, which inspired by his trip to the Holy Land in 1999.

Datu Pati has sequels, Sumakwel and Marikudo, which completes his novel-trilogy which he hopes "will make the present generation help to retrace their pre-Hispanic roots when moral values flourished in every Malay family". My wife and I spent our 2007 winter getaway by island hopping in the Philippines. We are retired Filipino-Canadian couple from Iloilo, but haven't visited Negros lately. I was once in Bacolod City in 1965 and my wife also went once to Kabankalan when she was a little girl.

Almost a year ago (Oct. 15, 2006), I read your online article on the Tourism Guys which prompted me to send a postcard to the winner of Guinoong Turismo, Joseph Andrew Alipato, congratulating him and giving him my email address. To our surprise he responded and gave us his cell phone number. I phoned him and we were happy to know each other.

It was wonderful that this 19-year old tourism guy sounded very enthusiastic to meet us. So I told my wife that we would include Bacolod City in our itinerary.

We left Toronto on Jan. 15 at the middle of a snowstorm, a kind of weather we always tried to avoid. From Manila where we stayed for two weeks, we visited Vigan, Ilocos Sur and Legaspi City, Albay. Perhaps those ancestral houses in Vigan were as old as the Cagsawa church buried (except the belfry) by the Mayon Volcano eruption in 1814.

We proceeded to Iloilo and stayed there for two weeks. Then we flew to Davao City for a long weekend. We visited the Eden Nature Park and other tourist spots around the big city. In land area, Davao City is the biggest in the country. It is peaceful, clean and few years from now when it is fully developed; it will be the hub of commerce and industry in the southern Philippines. From there we flew to Cebu City for our second visit. We stayed there for nine days.

We visited Boljoon church built in 1571 by the Augustinian missionaries and is one of the oldest Roman Catholic churches in Cebu. From there we went to Bohol. The Sagbayan Peak and chocolate hills as well as the tarsiers, the hanging bamboo bridge across the Loboc river and it's floating restaurants got our fancy out of the many places to visit and things to do in this beautiful island of Bohol. We also visited the Blood Compact marker where Miquel Lopez de Legaspi the governor and captain general of the island of Cebu and Datu Sikatuna of Loboc sealed their friendship through blood compact on March 25, 1565. We also visited the Baclayon church, the oldest in Bohol and our tour ended in Panglao island.

On March 8, we texted Andrew to reserve a room for us at any hotel of his choice in Bacolod City. He recommended L'Fisher Hotel, which according to him, is the best in the city. We arrived there the following day, Friday at around noon time. He texted to welcome us and he apologized for not being there personally to greet us. We told him that we understood his situation, not to worry about us, and we would see him after school. He promised to meet us at 7 p.m. after his last class, but to our surprise he fetched us from L'Fisher Hotel half hour early. I realized there's no such tardiness called "Filipino time" anymore.

Our first meeting with Mr. Tourism at the hotel lobby was cordial and memorable. He suggested that if we like sea foods, we would have our dinner at Aboy's Seafood Restaurant. After few minutes taxi ride, we were there looking at the showcase of seafood dishes. We got acquainted very well at the end of the meal, and we also agreed that the next day, Saturday he would rent a car for us and drive us to Mambukal resort.

He invited us to drop by their house, and after that we had a night tour of Bacolod City. He told us about his family and we learned that his father, Andresito is a retired policeman and is mother, Delia is the sales manager of the Alpha Publishing Corporation. Using his father's old jeep, he toured us around The City of Smiles.

We stopped in front of the Provincial Capitol which, according to him, was the former Negros Museum. Inside the capitol building he pointed to us where the time capsule was buried and the perimeter around it, is the zero kilometer of Negros Occidental, or the distances to other towns and cities of the province start from there.

Then we strolled around the well lighted plaza as Andrew explained to us the symbolic statues of two water buffaloes commonly called carabaos which are handled by a male and a female representing the north and the south regions of the province. Overlooking the wide lagoon each carabao is staring at each other symbolizing both sexes of animal kingdom in which we top the list because of our human intelligence and moral character.

Pointing to us the statue across the lagoon, Andrew said, "That statue is the representation of human sufferings because of poverty, what you can see there are human beings lying and seem to be very tired of working yet earning less or nothing at all."

"That's an interesting piece of art," I said as we got closer to it. "Would that symbolize abstractly Juan Tamad or the sacadas working in the sugar plantation?"

"I'm not too sure," Andrew answered. "Perhaps it's more of the latter."

"Sometimes it depends on what's in the mind of the artist who created it and on the perception of the viewers." I said, "I'm impressed."

The next day despite of his tight schedule at University of St. La Salle, where he is studying commerce majoring in marketing and business management, he went to school for a brief seminar, then at around 10 a.m., he picked us up with a rented car and he drove us to Mambukal Resort. He accompanied us to climb up to the 6th waterfalls of that beautiful resort. After our lunch we had a dip at the hot spring pool. Then he drove us around the resort for more picture taking.

He took us to Santa Fe Resort where his class was giving a tribute to the seniors of business management major at the resort's function hall. All he did were to sign an attendance sheet and to socialize and snack with his classmates and friends while we walked around the resort and had an ice cream at the cafeteria. We were there for an hour or so, then we took off to the site of the famous annual festival of Pana-ad, "the festival of all festivals in Negros Occidental usually celebrated in April", he told us. In there, we also learned the different cities and towns and the famous industries of the Occidental negrenses as represented in their respective and unique booths.

In Pana-ad, Park is the biggest stadium in Western Visayas. From there we went to souvenir shops to buy T-shirts and handcrafts that we could bring with us to Canada. It was already late in the afternoon when he drove us to Silay City for sightseeing of the ancestral homes or "Balay Negrense", the biggest of which is now a museum; and the landmark of the Negrenses' uprising against Spain on November 5, 1898.

We tried to catch up with the 5 p.m. Saturday mass at St. Sebastian Cathedral but the mass was almost over when we arrived there. A couple of pictures with the Centennial Bells at the background sufficed our visit there.

From the church he drove us to the Manokan Country where the longest food chain in the world is located. It is famous for its chicken inasal. "During Maskara Festival the entire street is closed to be set up with chairs and tables for so many local and foreign tourists come and dine here, and they can also order for take out." Andrew told us. With enjoyed our dinner with oysters and chicken breasts inasal that we ate with our hands.

As a cap collector, I was looking for a Bacolod cap which we could not find at the souvenir shops and even at Robinson's, so went to SM Bacolod, but we couldn't find it there either at that time (Andrew bought one later and sent it to me last May).

Our tour with Mr. Tourism ended with a dessert at Bob's Cafe at Lacson Street, his treat to us. That was where we thanked him for what he did to us, and I also asked him to become one of my spiritual foster sons and he agreed (as such his only commitment are friendship, communication and prayers for his spiritual foster brothers. I have nine of them now, the prominent ones are Lawrence San Juan, a junior officer who is involved with the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny with Sen. Trillanes. The other recently died - 2Lt. Ariel Toledo of the Philippine Air Force. I met all them except the recent one from Dumaguete City, Mark Xander Fabillar, the 2006 Hari Ng Negros).

We rewarded Joseph Andrew Alipato full scholarship and monthly school allowance this school year and also for his summer school last April. What he did to us was out of the ordinary, which led to our friendship not only with him but also with his family. We also plan to help him come to Toronto after his graduation later for a better job opportunity and quality of life. His reign as Mr.Tourism of Negros ends next month but his deeds of goodness will reign in our hearts as long as we live. .
 

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· Palau Beach Resort & Hotel

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Resort: Tel. No. (034) 727-8888

San Carlos City Office

Tel. Nos. (034) 312-5271 & 729-9553

Fax No. (034) 729-8541



· Cassandra’s, A Private Compound To Swim & Relax in Comfort and Privacy

San Isidro, Calatrava, Negros Occidental

Cell Phone No. 09177343562



· EL-JOY Beach Resort

Barangay San Isidro

Calatrava, Negros Occidental

Cell Phone No. 09192607072

Facilities:3 Gazebo Style Cottages (Open); 7 Open Cottages along the Beach; Male and Female Toilets, and BBQ Grill Stand available



· LOLY BEACH

Barangay San Isidro

Calatrava, Negros Occidental

Facilities: 5 Big Cottages; 8 Small Cottages; 1 Extra Big Cotage

BBQ Grill Stand Available; Shower Rooms for mem and women Canteen serving snacks only.



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2007 WV Tourism Assembly slated November in Bacolod

THE 7-day Western Visayas Tourism Assembly with the theme “Entrepreneurial Tourism: Beyond Tourist Arrivals” is slated from November 12-18 in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.

The assembly aims to highlight, promote, and showcase the diversity of the tourism attractions, services, and facilities of the different areas of Region 6. It is intended to be a colorful display of destination attractions, cultural and historical events, shopping, and investment opportunities.

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Some of the highlights of the assembly are the Regional Tourism Fair and Cultural Showcase on November 12-18 at SM City Bacolod, Regional Travel Exchange on November 12-14 at Sugarland Hotel, Regional Tourism Congress on November 14 at L’Fisher Hotel, Tourism Excellence Awards on November 14 at Natures Village Resort, Talisay City, Search for Ms. WV Tourism on November 15 at the Provincial Capitol, and Regional Parade of Festivals on November 16.

The assembly is sponsored by the Department of Tourism 6, Bacolod City Government, Provincial Government of Negros Occidental, Negros Island Tourism Inc., Association of Tourism Officers of Negros Occidental (ATONO) in cooperation with National Association of Independent Travel Agencies (NAITAS), Hotel and Restaurant Association of Negros Occidental (HRANO), and Women in Travel-Bacolod.

For information, the Negros Occidental Tourism Center can be reached through 433-2515 and 709-8775 or send an e-mail to [email protected]. (Press release)
 

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San Carlos City

San Carlos City is a 1st class city in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines.

San Carlos is situated in the heart of the Visayan Islands in the central Philippines, close to the main sea lanes of South East Asia. At the crossroads of four major cities and provinces with a total population of about eight million, it is close to domestic and international trading and communication links of Cebu City. It is then an hour by jet to Manila, two to Hong Kong and Taiwan, and four to Singapore, Korea and Japan.

San Carlos will be an exemplary modern agro-industrial zone and a new town that is distinct, memorable, economically viable, socially responsible and in balance with the environment.



Exemplary

San Carlos is posed to take a leading role in the agro-industrial development of Negros through the diversification of its productive agricultural base and the adoption of the highest standards in planning and project implementation.


Modern
San Carlos shall provide for a modern and world class living and working environment with or thru:

* Application of new cost-effective techniques to address quality of life issues
* Incentive business activities
* World-class facilities
* Connected to the world
* Safe and healthy environment
* Access and application of new technology
* Sound educational system including vocational & technical schools
* 24/7 Infrastructure
* Provide a variety of recreation & social activities
* Encourages economic development
* Provides quality health care
* Zero squatters



Agro-Industrial Zone
San Carlos is capable of becoming an efficient agricultural base and a competitive industrial area in numerous fields such as:

* Flower and Ornamentals Production
* High Value Crops Production and Processing
* Aquaculture and Mariculture
* Light industry. Technology & Services
* Knowledge & Skill-based Manpower Development



New Town
San Carlos City shall be a town that exhibits a town-feel character with lots of open spaces.

Distinct
This means that the city would look and feel different not only to visitor and tourists but to residents as well. The Master Development Plan plans to make the city known for the hospitality of its people and for its distinctive mark.

Memorable
What the Master Development Plan really wants is to boost the city's Tourism Industry in turning it into a place where people would always want to come back to.

Economically viable
The Master Development Plan will create job opportunities in order to avoid brain drain. San Carlos City will not only be for a selected few but everybody would be given the opportunity or responsibility to participate.

Socially Responsible
The Master Development Plan shall create a society wherein residents are concerned with the welfare and well-being of everybody.

In balance with the environment
The Master Development Plan envisions the city to have a balance among business, recreation, social, health and family life.

History

San Carlos City was formerly named Nabingkalan, derived its name from Nabingka, a beautiful daughter of a chieftain of the Negrito settlement in the area, who ruled the barrio during the early part in the 17th century. She was famous for her loveliness and mental and physical prowess. After her death, the people mourned for two (2) years, but to perpetuate her memory, something had to be done, and that was to name the barrio Nabingkalan. The settlement was later bought by Carlos Apurado from Badian, Cebu, who, with the help of fellow pioneers, developed the settlement into a thriving Christian Village.Fragments of written history show that in 1856, the Island of Buglas (Negros), as a politico-military province under Spain, was divided into two (2) provinces, the West Negros under Iloilo and the East Negros under Cebu. The barrio of Nabingkalan under Calatrava, was under the jurisdiction of Iloilo. Señor Don Emilio Saravia, the first political-military governor in the island during the Spanish era, renamed the place and established it as a "pueblo".

San Carlos prospered through the years, however, the village lost its "pueblo" category, and in 1890, when Negros Island was divided into Occidental Negros and Oriental Negros, San Carlos was recorded as an "arrabal" or barrio of Calatrava (Hilub-ang).

On October 16, 1898, a parish priest of Calatrava, then the township under whose jurisdiction Nabingkalan, was a barrio, visited the place. He found it more prosperous than the town proper. So he assembled the cabesas de barangay and after a short conference, decided to name the new town San Carlos, in honor of the Patron Saint of the barrio, Saint Carlos Borromeo, whose feast day was November 4, and on the same day, the seat of the town was transferred to San Carlos.

During the first years of the American jurisdiction of the Philippines, the economic and social phase of the activities of the people was gauged on the movements of the big landholders and Spaniards in the lowlands. In 1903, the political arena was a hot place, it being the first taste of the Filipinos to elect their own leader. Since then, the following elections were always a sensational political drama. In 1912, when the sugar central was constructed, the economic life of the people was greatly enhanced. The political activities, however, was closely woven with that of Calatrava, until 1925, when Calatrava was organized into a municipality.

From 1899 to the last days of the administration of the municipality of San Carlos, the following persons have served as presidentes and mayors, has each contributed in one way or another to the progress of the town:

Vicente Flores Bernardino Lazanas Jose Cervantes Pelagio Carbajosa Agustin Ylagan (4 terms) Domingo Medina (2 terms) Vicente Atienza Juan P. Broce (2 terms) Fausto Caballero Eugenio Antonio, Jr.

Festival

Pintaflores was born out of the people's search for a cultural identity and tradition.

If Cebu City has its Sinulog, Bacolod City its Masskara, and Aklan its Ati-atihan, San Carlos City also dreamt of having its own unique festival.

In 1992, after successfully holding two activities, the Nabingkalan Tattoo Festival and the Dances of Flowers as highlights of the city fiesta, the idea of blending the two concepts to come up with a presentation that could be considered the City's very own started what today is one of the most popular street dancing festivals in the region - the Pintaflores Festival of San Carlos City.

Pintaflores is coined from the words Pintados, the concept behind the Nabingkalan Tattoo Festival, and the "flores", the Spanish word for flowers that dominated the theme of the Dances of Flowers. The Pintaflores street dancing and ritual competition highlights the annual Pintaflores festival every November 3-5.

It features rhythmic dances and dance dramas of life and death and the triumph of good against evil that depict the people's thanksgiving of merriment, abundant blessings and success. As part of the Pintados Tradition, the faces, arms, bodies and legs of the dancers are painted with flowers to express gratitude to man and his environment.

The street dancing is culminated by a dance ritual performed at the City Auditorium. Different dance steps and musical accompaniment add to the thrill of the competition. The Human flower formation is another impressive part of the dance ritual which are products of the ingenuity and skill of the choreographers and dancers.

Building a name on the streets of Cebu, Negros and Panay

It takes time to build. but, with Pintaflores, the time to gather frame is at a very young age. Colegio de Sto. Tomas - Recoletos high school students, bested seasoned contestants to land third place in the free interpretation category in the heavinly-competed Sinulog festival in Cebu City in January 1993. In April of the same year, the group bagged the championship in Panaad Sa Negros '93, to province-wide cultural festival in Negros Occidental.

Represented by Barangays II and Quezon, the Pintaflores street dancing contingent emerged first prize in Panaad Sa Negros in 1996. The same group with the participation of Barangay Ermita bagged again the championship in Panaad Sa Negros 1997 and the fifth prize in Sinulog festival '98.

In Panaad Sa Negros '98, the Pintaflores group composed of dancers from Barangays Punao and Palampas and the City Hospital graced the fiesta presentation as guest performers. In Panaad '99. the Pintaflores represented this time by elementary school children, once again proved its unbeatable streak by emerging champions, consequently reaping the Hall of Fame award for topping the fiesta presentation event in four consecutive years.

Having established a name in street dancing, Pintaflores danced performers in such places as Iloilo City (1996) and the Roxas City (1997) as among the best of the best in the region, and in Canlaon City and Victorias in 1999 as the best in the province.

But the best is yet to come to Pintaflores as a new breed of dancers has emerged with the launching of Pintaflores Bata or Pinta Bata in 1996. A street dancing and ritual competition among elementary school children. Pinta Bata thrills one with the children's pleasing gracefulness and versatility that promises a crop of excellent dancers in the years to come.

San Carlos comes alive and colorful every November 5. Its streets become ablaze and animated by the sprightly dance of flower-painted dancers in colorful ethnic-inspired costumes as the traditional Pintaflores festival hits this its peak in a colorful and lively streetdancing competition.

After five years and many awards, including the Hall of Fame awards in streetdancing in the Panaad Sa Negros, the word Pintaflores, like "Daan Sa Kaunlaran" and Homelot program, now has become another byword of the creativity of San Carloseños.

San Carlos Business Park

is an area besides the city hall, which is set to become an export processing zone, it is also the site of the San Carlos City airport set to open in 2010































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Sipaway Island








Hacienda Fortuna Lagoon
is a park within the 3,000 hectare sugar plantation owned by the Ledesma family of which Rep. Jules Ledesma belongs to











San Carlos Sugar Mill








for more information please visit the website http://www.sancarloscity.org/
 

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San Carlos City

San Carlos City is a 1st class city in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines.

San Carlos will be an exemplary modern agro-industrial zone and a new town that is distinct, memorable, economically viable, socially responsible and in balance with the environment.




for more information please visit the website http://www.sancarloscity.org/
like this scene ,,, beautiful
 

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Body painting contest held

The 2nd "Lawas Taliambong" body painting contest was held by Duag, an artists' association in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, Saturday, a press release from the city said.

The event, participated in by 10 artists and models, was in cooperation with the city government and the Kabankalan Cultural and Tourism Foundation Inc. Winners were Francis Niday, Randy Malala and Kenny Tañes as first, second and third placers, respectively.

Niday's model, Alyssa Lorenzo, had her body painted with scenes from Balicaocao Resort. Malala painted the new city hall on his model Chyrine Ramoran, and Tañes painted the city plaza on model Fil Rose Basis, the press release said.

A program before the competition was held with Mayor Pedro Zayco Jr. and Vice Mayor Delia Anacan as speakers, followed by the induction of officers of the Du-ag Artists Association by Zayco.

Sworn in were Dave Tajanlangit, president; Randy Malala, vice president; Rowena Jane Casama, treasurer; Noel Etabag, secretary; Vanessa Grace Docto, assistant secretary; Nonoy Suyod, auditor; Edmund Equibal, Francis Niday and Aldyn Moreño, public information officers; and Michael Mayabo, business manager, the press release added.*
 
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