Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Hugpong, Volunteers United for Negros will be having its Masskara booth for the second week this coming October 19-20, 2012 in Lacson St., between the corners of 18th and 19th Streets across Starbucks. The booth will feature products (of livelihood projects) by the group's participating organizations for sale such as organic foods, coffees, hand-painted T-shirts and masks, recycled bags, purses, belts, and bracelets, silk-based items, taro chips and other edible items, and souvenirs. The booth will be providing information and background for each member organization of Hugpong as well as projects, both past and present. There will also be a drop-box for donation (specifically clothes for children). There will be volunteers of different nationalities (Americans, Australians, Filipinos, French, and Japanese) at the booth HUGPONG is a joint cooperation by non-profit volunteers organizations such as AYAD, Greenheart, HOST, Ikaw-Ako, JICA, LEAD, OISCA, Warriors for Peace, and Virlanie to show Negrenses and visiting balikbayans the on-going efforts of development work in their home province. The group’s goal is to increase awareness our volunteer efforts and projects, share the outputs of those projects with Negrenses and balikbayans, and encourage others to take an active role in volunteering for others in the spirit of bayanihan here in Negros Occidental. Interested parties may contact Simon Olivieri thru 630290 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Albert Camay thru 09275604929 or email@example.com. .
A newly opened snack bar within the Libertad area has been burglarized recently. The owner, who was interviewed by this writer during an ocular inspection, has requested to withhold the name of the establishment. The crime transpired at a time when it was raining hard and there was a brownout, perhaps somewhere around 1:00 AM. Investigating police have determined that the crime has been committed by a child, presumably a boy, as indicated in the muddy footprints left at the crime scene. Fingerprints had also been lifted. The snack bar has a shutter but the perpetrator got over the low perimeter wall adjacent to the establishment, managed to saw off one of the grills, break the jalousie glasses, and snake himself inside the snack bar. The small space created by the sawing off further substantiates the theory that the burglar was a child. It is not clear, however, if he has an adult accomplice waiting outside. The collections from the insert-coin water refilling station, which was not that significant an amount, was taken as well as the powder for the insert-coin coffee machine, which runs to about P3,000.00. An imitation iPad was also stolen and a juice was drank and its container left behind. The burglar, however, failed to steal more since not much cash have been left within the premises. Others were too big to fit into the small opening. The place was turned upside down. The suspect left behind a lighter which he used to light his way, the saw used, and a slipper. Police theorize that the suspect is the same one who stole garments being dried in a clothesline at a nearby parlor owned by a gay. It is believed that the suspect is a rugby boy. This writer also suspects that the perpetrator have observed the establishment before committing the crime. There is still no development in the investigation or arrests as of press time. A few months back, a backyard type computer repair shop along Rosario-Locsin Sts. Had also been burglarized. When the suspects, estimated by police to be around three, could not pick the locks, they forced a hole in the wooden door, entered, and using a sack used as a trash container for the premises, stole a number of DVD players, an assortment of tools, and other items. Time of crime was also estimated to be around early morning, about 2 AM. Let this be a warning to the public not to be complacent. Always make sure that your properties are secured properly. Make back ups for your grills, locks, doors, and the like. Criminals make a surveillance of their possible targets.