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Bacolod councilor leads Olympic art exhibition opening - 25- February 2018
SOUTH KOREA - Bacolod City Councilor Em Ang was one of the 18 Asian officials who cut the ribbon to officially open the Olympic art exhibition in South Korea Saturday [Feb. 24], that is part of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

"It’s an honor to represent the Philippines, especially Bacolod City, in this very important international event that happens only every four years," said Ang, who was invited by the International Mask Arts and Culture Organization (IMACO), along with acting City PIO head Danny Dangcalan.

Ang, who is also the chair of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Tourism, sits as an official member of IMACO - an organization of 63 countries from Asia, Europe, America, Africa, and Oceania that have mask-based festivals.

The art exhibition is hosted by the PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee to commemorate the PyeongChang 2018 and Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The event is jointly organized by the International Mask Arts and Culture Organization (IMACO), Beijing National Treasure Academy of Paintings and Calligraphy, China Gold 100 Art, and Andong Culture Art Center.

The exhibition, dubbed "Charm of Ice and Snow Ink Wash Paintings - Grand Meeting of Five Continents," is held at the Gangneung Art Center in Gangneung City from Feb. 5 to 25, as part of the 2018 Winter Olympics, and will transfer to the Andong Culture & Art Center from February 27 to March 4, as part of the 2018 Paralympic Games to be hosted by Andong City.

The artworks were done by Chinese artist Gao Hong and students of Chinese School of Ice and Snow Paintings.

"Ice and snow is the core image of Winter sports. The Chinese School of Ice and Snow Paintings has vividly depicted the scene that all things are harmoniously combined in the world of snow and the image of positiveness, vigor and optimism, which perfectly fits the idea of unity, struggle and friendship advocated by the sports competition," a statement from the organizers said.

Thus the art exhibition aims to promote international culture exchange, it added.


Meanwhile, Ang and Dangcalan also observed the event, as part of the preparations of Bcolod City as the host of the 7th IMACO International Conference in 2019.

The biennal comference was held in Vientiane, Lao PDR in 2017, and Beijing, China in 2015.

Last year, Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia received an invitation to host the 7th IMACO International Conference in 2019.

While attending the 6th IMACO International Conference in Lao PDR in November 2017, Leonardia signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with IMACO president Kweon Young-sae to host the biennial international conference.

Ang, who is also the action officer of the MassKara Festival, joined Leonardia during the signing of MOU and acceptance of the IMACO banner for Bacolod.*/CITY PIO
’Support Bacolod’s 80th year activities’ - 21- February 2018
Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia called the members of the academe and stakeholders of tourism to support the program and activities of the City of Bacolod for its 80th anniversary.

City Administrator John Orola, who represented Leonardia at the Tourism Awareness Conference at the L’ Fisher Hotel Tuesday [Feb. 20], informed the almost 1,000 Tourism and HRM students to help the city boost its tourism program.

Orola cited that around 800,000 tourists who visited Bacolod in 2017, where 10 percent of this is foreign visitors.

We can bring in more local and foreign tourists if we can improve our tourism products and services, Orola said.

This year, the City Tourism Office will launch various tourism sports, adventure tourism, cultural and religious tourism, and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Convention and Exhibitions).

Orola informed the audience that tourism is a flagship program of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Leonardia administration is tourism-oriented" as tourism is one of his socio-economic agenda, quipped Orola, who was a former congressman of the 11th Congress, one-time Department of Tourism attache for Japan, Korea, USA, Canada, and Latin America.

Orola informed the crowd that the recent visit of 250 Filipino-Canadians to Bacolod for its Winter Escapade Tour was a great success as it exposed Bacolod as an emerging tourist-destination the Philippines.

Meanwhile, the Tourism Awareness Conference unveiled the NEW JUANDERS 2018, the Seven New and Enterprising Ways of growing Philippine Tourism Awareness and Local Economic 2018. It’s a Regional Summit on Business, Hospitality and Tourism Managements, attended by DOT Director of Region VI, Atty. Helen Catalbas, organized by the Tourism Educators and Movers in Negros Occidental headed by Dr. Gina Montes.*
Councilor, PIO attending Olympic art exhibit - 20- February 2018
Bacolod Councilor Em Ang and acting City Public Information Officer Danny Dangcalan are attending an art exhibition in South Korea this week as part of the Pyeongchang 2018 -Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
 They have been invited by the International Mask Arts and Culture Organization (IMACO) that is based in South Korea, where the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics is currently being held.

Ang said Bacolod City is hosting the 2019 IMACO International Conference and this early, IMACO wants Bacolod to start promoting the 2019 event to prospective delegates that’s why they asked her and the PIO to meet with them and the organizers at the Pyeongchang Exhibit.

Last year, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia received an invitation to host the 7th IMACO International Conference in 2019.

Leonardia signed on Nov. 2, 2017 a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with IMACO president Kweon Young-sae to host the biennial international conference, at rites at the 6th IMACO International Conference in Vientiane, Lao PDR (People’s Democratic Republic), also known as Laos, held from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 at the Landmark Mekong Riverside, Lao National Cultural Hall.

Ang, chair of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Tourism and action officer of the MassKara Festival, also joined Leonardia during the signing of MOU and acceptance of the IMACO banner for Bacolod.

Immediately after the signing ceremonies, Leonardia accepted the IMACO banner for the Philippines as the next host-country, with Bacolod as the host-city.

Prior to signing the MOU and accepting the IMACO banner, Leonardia addressed the conference, attended by more than 300 representatives from its 24 member-countries.

Kweon is also the mayor of Andong City, South Korea, that has sisterhood ties with Bacolod City.

Moroever, IMACO Secretary-General Yoon Byung-Jin led a Korean delegation to watch the famous streetdance competition and Electric MassKara performing float competition at the 37th MassKara Festival in 2016.

IMACO has a total of 63 member-countries from Asia, Europe, America, Africa, and Oceania. IMACO is organizing the biennial international conference.

The mask conference was designed to provide an opportunity from representatives all over the world to unite and share various cultural values.

Activities included Mask and Art Road Performance, World Mask Exhibition, Policy Forum, General Assembly and Academic Symposium, Special Performances, and Tours.

Leonardia stressed that as special guests, their all-expenses-paid trip in 2017 was shouldered by IMACO. The same is true with this week’s trip of Ang and Dangcalan, he added.*/CITY PIO
Bacolod launches urban greening program - 20- February 2018
Mayor Evelio Leonardia led city officials and stakeholders in launching the Bacolod City Urban Greening Program at rites at the Government Center today [Feb. 20],

The launching was also attended by Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, Councilor asCindy Rojas, chair of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) Committee on Environment and Ecology; Councilor Em Ang, chair of the SP Committee on Tourism; Councilor Noli Villarosa, chair of the SP Committee on Barangay Affairs; City Hall department and office heads, representatives from the private sector, business, and academe, officials from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and barangay captains and councilmen (kagawad).

The attendees committed to doing their own share in realizing the goal of greening the city.

Leonardia said the urban greening program of the city "will go beyond beautification, it will touch the core of how we should care for the environment."

Rojas announced the "Clean and Green" contest among the Bacolod barangays, to encourage local officials to actively participate in the program for a greener Bacolod.

For her part, Ang presented the landscaping projects of the city.

Veneranda Ortoñio, acting principal of Alangilan National High School, presented their K-12 program integration on landscaping.

CENRO (Community Environment and Natural Resources)-Bacolod officer Joan Nathaniel Gerangaya talked about the assessment on greenhouse gases.*/CITY PIO
Bacolod celebrating World Radio Day - 18- February 2018
The City of Bacolod is celebrating the World Radio Day this week, with a motorcade and opening of exhibit tomorrow [Feb. 19], and awarding of outstanding radio talents on Friday [Feb. 23].

Mayor Evelio Leonardia issued Executive Order No. 4 series of 2018 constituting the committee for the World Radio Day celebration in Bacolod, with Danny Dangcalan, acting head of the City Public Information Office, as the overall chairman.

This year’s theme is "Bacolod City @ 80: Celebrating the Power of Radio," to highlight the indispensable role of radio in the development of Bacolod through the years, with added significance as the city marks its 80th year of cityhood this year, Dangcalan said.

This is now the 4th World Radio Day celebration in Bacolod. It started in 2015 after the passage of City Ordinance 08-14-792 series of 2014, authored by then councilor Alex Paglumotan.

In partnership with the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP) - Negros Occidental Chapter, the motorcade that will start at the Bacolod City Public Plaza at 9 a.m. Monday, will be participated by about 18 AM and FM radio stations.

The motorcade will end at SM City Bacolod, where a weeklong exhibit on the history and development of the radio industry in Bacolod, will open at 10 a.m. at the Northwest Bridgeway Lobby at the 2nd Level of the mall.

Invited to cut the ribbon of the exhibit are Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, and Councilor Dindo Ramos, chair of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Communication and Energy.

The exhibit will run until Saturday [Feb. 24].

On Friday, the KBP- Negros Occidental Chapter will lead the "Tingog kag Handurawan Awards Night" at the SMX Convention Center starting 6:30 p.m.

KBP- Negros Occidental chairman Serafin "Jopy" Plotria Jr., who chairs the Awards Committee, said the Tingog kag Handurawan Awards is now on its third year.

It honors and commemorate the contributions of Bacolod radio personalities, who, with their dedication and commitment to public service, played a vital role in molding the Bacolod amd Negros society, Plotria said.

The World Radio Day is being celebated worldwide every 13th of February.

However, as the whole Negros Island was placed under Public Storm Signal No. 1 due to Tropical Depression "Basyang" last week, the scheduled motorcade on Feb. 13 was moved to Feb. 19, Dangcalan explained.*/ CITY PIO
City officials break ground for 3-storey CHO building - 15- February 2018
Bacolod City officials led the groundbreaking ceremony for the proposed three-storey building of the City Health Office (CHO) at its compound today [Feb. 15].

Leading the rites were Rep. Greg Gasataya, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, who represented Mayor Evelio Leonardia; Councilor Em Ang, chair of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Health and Sanitation, and City Health Officer Ma. Carmela Gensoli.

The construction of the CHO building is funded by the Department of Health (DOH).

Ang said, "Bacolodnons can expect fast and better health services after the completion of the project."

Aside from the proposed new building, city officials and CHO personnel also witnessed the blessing of the newly renovated Clinical Laboratory.

"Improving health care services is a priority under the administration of Mayor Evelio Leonardia," Ang added.*/CITY PIO
202 couples tie the knot at Bacolod mass wedding - 12- February 2018
Mayor Evelio Leonardia solemnized the marriage of 202 couples from Bacolod at a mass wedding at the Bacolod City Government Center today [Feb. 13].

The occasion was a pre-Valentine celebration that has become an annual tradition of the Leonardia administration.

Almedo Revicente, 59, and Leonora Ellazar, 47 of Barangay Estefania, became the oldest couple among the newly wed.

The rites was witnessed by Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, Councilors Cindy Rojas, Em Ang, and Bartolome Orola; Mark Steven Mayo, who represented Rep. Greg Gasataya; Philippine Statistics Authority- Bacolod statistical specialist Luis Gonzales, City Civil Registrar Hermilo Pa-oyon, and Marlon Solidum.

Leonardia said his administration wants to help establish and stabilize families, as strong families make up strong societies.

If our families are strong, the city of Bacolod becomes strong, too, he added.

After your wedding, may you all have a more stable life together, he told the couples.

Meanwhile, Romnick Gitalan and Sarah Jane Deopita was awarded as the 80th couple to register, in line with the year-long celebration of the 80th year of Bacolod.

Three couples won the Best-Dressed award: Marwin Condo and Eddie Bie Manaytay; Aljon Arcilla and Charmaine Roca; and Eujane Sabino and Janice Medel.*/CITY PIO
Mayor urges Fil-Canadian visitors to invest in Bacolod - 05- February 2018
Mayor Evelio Leonardia encouraged the 250 visiting Filipino-Canadians and their 20 organizers to consider Bacolod should they decide to invest in the Philippines someday.

"We know that after having stayed in Canada for quite some time, many of you, if not all, may want to invest someday, and you may have friends who might come to the Philippines to invest someday," Leonardia said.

"How we wish that when that happens, you will consider Bacolod City," the mayor added.

Leonardia welcomed the Filipino-Canadians and party at a welcome dinner dubbed "MassKara Night," that the city government hosted for the visitors at the Bacolod City Government Center on their first day here [Sunday, Feb. 4].

He thanked them for choosing Bacolod as one of the only two cities outside Manila to visit this year.

The mayor was joined by First Lady Elsa Leonardia, Councilors Em Ang, Ana Marie Palermo, Bartolome Orola, and Sonya Verdeflor, City Administrator John Orola, Executive Assistant Rodel Parcon, and City Tourism Officer Ma. Elma Gerasmo.

Leonardia emphasized that Bacolod City is one of the most competitive and most business-friendly cities in the country.

The Filipino-Canadians, led by Philippine Ambassador Petronila Garcia, are on a group tour, dubbed "Winter Escapade 5: It’s More Fun in the Philippines," from February 3 to 11 in Manila, Davao and Bacolod.

The group visited tourist destinations in Bacolod, Talisay, Silay, Victorias, Cadiz, and Murcia from Feb. 4 to 6.

Ambassador Garcia also thanked the Bacolod city government, especially Leonardia for the warm welcome.

"Thank you, Mayor Leonardia and your colleagues. It is truly a treat to be here and to be given this kind of reception by the people of Bacolod City," she added.

The delegation also included Consul Greg Marie Mariño, and Consul Jeffery Salik-all based in Ottawa; Consul General Julius Torres-Calgary; Consul General Neil Frank Ferrer and Vice Consul Charmaine Guevara-Vancouver; Deputy Consul General Bernadette Therese Fernandez and Consul General Edna May Lazaro-Toronto; Department of Foreign Affairs- Office of American Affairs director Jaime Ramon Ascalon, and Consul General ad honorem Esmeralda Agbulos-Edmonton, Alberta.*/CITY PIO
Bacolod links with neighboring LGUs for comprehensive land use plans - 02- February 2018
M Mayor Evelio Leonardia has recently invited the mayors of neighboring cities and town of Bacolod to harmonize their Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUPs).

These are the cities of Talisay, Silay, and Bago, and the town of Murcia.

With this development, Bacolod CPDO head Mary Jean Ramos and Engr. Kelly Grant Guerrero met with fellow CPD coordinators Edwin De Nicolas and Ernie Earl Baylon of Bago City; Glenda Ruiz and Efren Francisco of Murcia; and Marmelo Sausi of Talisay City at the Bacolod City Government Center recently to discuss infrastructure projects to be incorporated in the proposed Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) of Bacolod City.

Ramos said, "Bacolod City takes into consideration the growth and development of its neighboring cities and tries to incorporate it in its proposed CLUP."

"This is important in order to achieve a synchronized and harmonious development in Bacolod, Talisay, Bago and Murcia," she added.

Their discussion focused on two major topics: (1) road and bridges infrastructures, such as the New Bacolod Economic Highway, the proposed coastal road and viaduct, and farm-to-market road including Sugar Road; and (2) proposed public transport system that includes the light rail transit and bus rapid transit systems.

This was the first in a series of meetings in the coming months, Ramos added.

The CLUP of Bacolod is a 10-year development program based on the vision of Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia. It will be the basis for the proposed amendment of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance No. 216 Series of 1998. It will determine specific uses of land and other physical and natural resources in Bacolod City.*/CITY PIO
Mayor meets with Palafox to explore urban master plan feasibility - 01- February 2018
Mayor Evelio Leonardia is hopeful that the city can adopt an urban masterplan for Bacolod in due time.

Leonardia disclosed in his regular press conference recently that they met with world-renowned urban planner Felino "Jun" Palafox and his senior associates in Manila last week for exploratory talks on the project.

The mayor was accompanied by Rep. Greg Gasataya, who expressed his full support for the proposal. Also present were City Administrator John Orola and City Legal Officer Joselito Bayatan.

"We explored further the possibility of drawing up an urban master plan and we were able to identify some benchmarks," the mayor told reporters.

But Leonardia said they have not closed any deal yet, given the yet-to-be-determined amount of professional fee for the study of urban masterplan. "Besides, it might still go through a bidding process," the mayor said.

"May I emphasize that whatever may develop, we will strictly follow procedures, technicalities, and legalities. And while we know how valuable and how much it could be, we are not yet ready with our budget," the mayor pointed out.

Leonardia said it was the Office of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez that facilitated their meeting with Palafox.

Upon the request of Leonardia, it was Speaker Alvarez who first expressed his willingness to help find the sources of financing for the hiring of a master urban planner for Bacolod.

Leonardia said he is thankful to Alvarez for facilitating his connection with Palafox, thus reviving the dream of having a masterplan for the urban development of Bacolod.

"We will be relaying to Speaker Alvarez what transpired in the meeting with Jun Palafox. We hope that step by step, we will go nearer to that dream. But at least you know there is that direction and that desire to come up with a masterplan for Bacolod," the mayor added.

In a chance interview last month, Palafox had said, "I think Mayor Bing has a visionary leadership, he has strong political will, he has a good appreciation on good urban planning, and he seems to have a good appreciation of good design like architecture engineering, and good governance."

Palafox said he sees "a very high development potential of Bacolod," more so that the mayor has a vision for the city.
He said that in the next years, Bacolod could have an "urban renaissance" considering "the visionary leadership of Leonardia."

Palafox cited Dubai, that after 15 years, it had developed from a desert to a first-world country. Leonardia said Palafox is one of the "creators" of Dubai masterplan. "Can you imagine if we can use his brains for Bacolod?" the mayor told the media.

When told that Bacolod will be celebrating its 80th anniversary next year, Palafox said the city should start thinking how Bacolod should be in the next 80 years.

"We could start re-thinking, re-imagining, re planning, re-engineering, re-architecture, remove, reduce, and recycle, re-develop and hopefully, we could have an urban renaissance," Palafox said.*
300 Fil-Canadians arriving in Bacolod for group tour - 01- February 2018
About 300 Filipino- Canadians, led by Philippine Embassy officials, are arriving in Bacolod City Sunday [Feb. 4] for their 5th Winter Escapade, City Administrator John Orola said.

Their group tour includes Manila, Bacolod City, and Davao City, and slated from February 3 to 11.

Bacolod is one of the only two cities outside Manila chosen by the group, so this means Bacolod is fast becoming a favorite tourist destination, Orola added.

ayor Evelio Leonardia said he is thankful to Philippine Ambassador Petronila Garcia, who leads the group tour, for choosing Bacolod for their Winter Escapade.

This will start more traffic from Canada to Bacolod, the mayor added.

A project brief stated that the group tour aims to entice Filipino-Canadians to deepen their appreciation of the beauty of the Philippines, including its rich history and culture.

Canadian travelers made more than 32,000,000 outbound departures in 2015, it added.

Aside from Ambassador Garcia, the officials include Consul Greg Marie Mariño, and Consul Jeffery Salik-all based in Ottawa; Consul General Julius Torres-Calgary; Consul General Neil Frank Ferrer and Vice Consul Charmaine Guevara-Vancouver; Deputy Consul General Bernadette Therese Fernandez and Consul General Edna May Lazaro-Toronto;

Department of Foreign Affairs - Office of American Affairs director Jaime Ramon Ascalon, and Consul General ad honorem Esmeralda Agbulos-Edmonton, Alberta.

The visitors are composed of 94 from Edmonton, 48 from Toronto,36 from Vancouver, 18 from Ottawa, seven from Quebec, three from Calgary, and other cities.

They will be accompanied by officials of the Department of Tourism in New Zealand and San Francisco.

The group will be in Bacolod from Feb. 4 to 6.

Upon arrival in Bacolod on Feb. 4, they will visit San Sebastian Cathedral, Bongbong’s piaya factory, Vintage Glass Museum, St. John Nepomuceno Church, Resorts Negrense, Merzci piaya factory, and Bacolod City Government Center, where they will have a welcome dinner and a MassKara Night, hosted by Mayor Evelio Leonardia.

On Feb. 5, they will visit Victorias City-plaza, Victorias Milling Company, St. Joseph the Worker, and VMC Golf and Country Club; Cadiz City-Lakawon Island Resort, and Silay City-Civic Center, a heritage house; and Bacolod-Ading’s Pala-Pala.

On Feb. 6, they will visit the Mambukal Resort in Murcia, and The Ruins in Talisay City. In the evening, they will have a Barrio Fiesta-themed dinner at the Provincial Capitol hosted by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr.*/CITY PIO


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