Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Cosplay Craze 2.0 Invades Bacolod by: James U. Sy Jr.

The 5th leg of the Cosplay Craze 2017 took place at SM City Bacolod last July 8, 2017. The first four events took place at SM Seaside Cebu (May 13), SM City Cabanatuan (May 27), SM City GenSan (June 10), and SM City San Jose Del Monte (June 24). Upcoming Cosplay Craze for the rest of the year include SM City San Pablo, Laguna (July 22), SM Megacenter Cabanatuan (August 5), SM City Naga (August 19), SM City Molino (September 2), SM City Baguio (September 16), and SM City Marikina (October 19).

Starting Your Own Business” Seminar Held @ Riverside College

Department Chair Leonor de la Cruz, MBA, and Full Time faculty Member Jenette P. Lopez awarding the certificate and token of appreciation to Guest Speaker Romel L. Amihan, Ph.D., Senior Trade-Industry Development Specialist (STIDS), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Negros Occidental, for conducting the "How to Start Your Own Business" seminar for students of the College of Entrepreneurship on July 10, 2017 on the occasion of the Entrepreneurship Month Celebration at the Audio Visual Room (AVR), Riverside College Inc. (James U. Sy Jr./CMAS photo).
Riverside College BS Entrepreneurship students and guest Bacolod City College (BCC) Marketing Management & Entrepreneurship students with Guest Speaker Romel L. Amihan, Ph.D., Senior Trade-Industry Development Specialist (STIDS), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Negros Occidental, College of Entrepreneurship Department Chair Leonor de la Cruz, and Faculty Members Jenette P. Lopez and James U. Sy Jr. at the conclusion of the "How to Start Your Own Business" seminar on the occasion of the Entrepreneurship Month Celebration on July 10, 2017 at the Audio Visual Room (AVR), Riverside College Inc. (James U. Sy Jr./CMAS photo). The College of Entrepreneurship under Department Chair Leonor A. de la Cruz, MBA, successfully hosted Romel L. Amihan, Ph.D., Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Negros Occidental, for the “How to Start Your Own Business” seminar on July 10, 2017 at the Audio Visual Room (AVR), Riverside College Inc., Dr. Pablo O. Torre St., Bacolod City. The seminar was part of the Entrepreneurship Month Celebration of the College of Entrepreneurship, which was formally opened by Elsa C. Streegan, Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA), on July 3, 2017. The theme for the celebration is “Gearing up to meet the challenges of the future with confidence, integrity and faith in God.” Dr. Amihan spoke on the entrepreneurial process, starting off with self analysis and environmental analysis and progressing through the different stages until the launching of a new venture. He reminded the students that at the cornerstone of every business is the satisfaction of the needs of the customer. “If you don’t take care of your custoemrs, others will,” Dr. Amihan pointed out, and “your sari-sari store” will beocme a “sira-sira store.” Dr. Amihan periodically conducts seminars on current business trends and developments, representing the DTI, or as a member of its presenting team. Overall Program Coordinator was Full Time Instructor Jenette Lopez, with assistance from Faculty Member James U. Sy Jr. A total of 31 BS Entrepreneurship students were in attendees, as well as three guest attendees from Bacolod City College (BCC).

CSA-B Celebrates 55th Foundation Anniversary by: James U. Sy Jr.

College of Accountancy, Business Education, and Computer Studies (CABECS) Faculty Members of Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod (CSA-B) at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon prior to the start of the Unity Walk during the institution's 55th Founding Day Celebration on July 8, 2017 (James U. Sy Jr. photo).
The Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod (CSA-B) Unity Walk kicked off its 55th Founding Day Celebration on July 8, 2017 (James U. Sy Jr. photo).
CSA-B students in Filipiniana outfits dance to the tune of Pit Señor during the opening program of the institution’s 55th Founding Day Celebration on July 8, 2017 (James U. Sy Jr. photo).
Mass induction of the officers of the different campus organizations during CSA-B’s 55th Founding Day on July 8, 2017 (James U. Sy Jr. photo).
The Augustinian community united in dancing “Agostino Ako” during the opening program of CSA-B’s 55th Founding Day Celebration on July 8, 2017 (James U. Sy Jr. photo).
Team (Red) Rome “Gabaga-baga” composed of faculty members and staff prepare for the Pinoy Agostinolympics during CSA-B’s 55th Founding Day on July 8, 2017 (James U. Sy Jr. photo).
An aerial view of the Augustinian community celebrating CSA-B’s 55th Founding Day on July 8, 2017 (James U. Sy Jr. photo).
The Unity Lunch for employees capped the morning’s festivities of CSA-B’s 55th Founding Day Celebration on July 8, 2017 (James U. Sy Jr. photo). Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod (CSA-B) under the leadership of Rev. Fr. President Andrew P. Batayola, OSA, successfully celebrated its 55th Foundation Day last July 8, 2017 with the theme “CSA-B @ 55: Encountering the Truth Within.” The festivities kicked off with the Unity Walk, joined in by the students and employees of CSA-B, at 6:30 AM from the Provincial Capitol Lagoon to the institution’s campus grounds via the Lacson-Benigno S. Aquino Drive intersection. A solemn Eucharistic celebration was officiated by Rev. Fr. Batayola at 7:30 AM. The officers of the various student councils were inducted, followed by the mass induction of the officers of the different campus organizations. The program was officially opened with the history of Sto. Niño, in remembrance of the introduction of the Roman Catholic faith by the Spaniards in the archipelago in the 16th Century and the eventual annual Pit Señor celebration, most notably in Cebu, where the Catholic Church was first established in the country. Students garbed in Filipiniana outfits danced to the tune of Pit Señor. The institution was founded by Doña Soledad Locsin as the Casanova School, which officially became Colegio de San Agustin de Bacolod on July 8, 1962. The school initially offered kindergarten, elementary, and high school education but today it has four colleges offering a total of 21 degree programs and courses as well as a Teacher Certificate Program for Second Coursers. CSA-B Executive Officers are Rev. Fr. Andrew P. Batayola, OSA (President), Rev. Fr. Eusebio B. Berdon, OSA (VP for Augustinian Formation and Religious Affairs), Rev. Fr. Bernardo B. Coleco, OSA (VP for Finance and Administration), Rev. Fr. Imman Noel A. Abellana, OSA (VP for Student Affairs and External Relations), Gereon A. Cabarles, Ph. D. (Vice-President for Academic Affairs), Rev. Fr. Benjamin B. Gamos, OSA (General Services Director), Rev. Fr. Tito D. Soquiño, OSA (Campus Minster / Chaplain), Rev. Fr. Romanico O. Cañon, OSA (Sto. Niño Early Childhood Learning Center Administrator), and Fray Jose Z. Lopez, OSA (CSA-B Retreat House Administrator). Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod’s colorful history was presented by the various departments in dance form from the different decades of its existence - 1960’s (College of Accountancy, Business Education, and Computer Studies), 1970’s (College of Nursing), 1980’s (College of Arts, Sciences, and Education), 1990’s (ANTP/NTP/Maintenance), 2000 (Basic Education), and 2010-Present (College of Engineering). CASE won the dance competition. The exclamation point to the opening program was the Augustinian community dance “Agostino Ako” by all teams, led by the Kagayon Dance Troupe. The Pinoy Agostinolympics was held for all school employees, who competed in indigenous or Filipinized versions of foreign games, such as patentero (tubiganay), baleybol with a twist, luksong lubid, sunod-tunog/hampas-palayok, and dodge bol. Teams were the Tagaste (green), Madaura (yellow), Carthage (blue), and Rome (red). CASE, CABECS, and COE organizational acquaintance parties were held for their member-students at various locations in the campus. The Bingo Social/Bonanza was held for the NSO and and ESC Councils and employees. A Unity Lunch for employees capped the morning’s festivities. The celebration was concluded with the presentation of the Augustinian Model tudent and the launching of the Advocacy Project at the Open Court. The schedule of activities was prepared by Nvelle Radislao, MBA, Co-Curricular Activities Coordinator, and approved by Rev. Fr. Tito D. Soquiño, OSA, Vice President for student Affairs and External Relations.

CSA-B CABECS Business Area Parents Assembly Held by: James U. Sy Jr.

Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod (CSA-B) College of Accountancy, Business Education, and Computer Studies (CABECS) Business Area Parent's Assembly on July 2, 2017 at the Audio Visual Room (James U. Sy Jr. photo). The Parent’s Assembly for BS Banking and Marketing Management was successfully conducted by Ma. Teresa Garilao, MBA, Business Area Head, and Cheryl Tortal, MBA, under the auspices of the College of Accountancy, Business Education, and Computer Studies (CABECS) led by Dean Ma. Aurora Villanueva, Ph.D., last July 1, 2017 at the Audio Visual Room (AVR), G/F Bldg. C, Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod (CSA-B). The Parent’s Assembly was part of CSA-B’s continuing thrust to work hand in hand with the parents in the education of their children, the Augustinian way. The parents were oriented of the various programs, upcoming activities, policies, and others so they have a clear picture of the what’s in store for their children. Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod (CSA-B) is headed by Rev. Fr. President Andrew P. Batayola, OSA.

Real Estate Seminar Held @ Riverside College

(From left): Instructor Gil Alfredo B. Severino, MA, Pastor Alfonso de la Cruz, Jade Linco of SRDC, Guest speaker Jennifer S. Sanchez, Branch Manager of St. Rafael Development Corporation (SRDC), Department Chair Leonora A. de la Cruz, MBA, Jonah J. Petulino, MBA, of Carlos Hilado Memorial State College-Fortune Towne Campus (CHMSC-FT), Instructor and Overall Program Coordinator Jenette Lopez, and Instructor James U. Sy Jr. at the conclusion of the “Starting Your Own Company Through SRDC” seminar on July 3, 2017 at Riverside College Inc. (JUS photo). The College of Entrepreneurship under Department Chair Leonora A. de la Cruz, MBA, successfully hosted Jennifer S. Sanchez, Branch Manager of St. Rafael Development Corporation (SRDC), for the seminar “Starting Your Own Company Through SRDC” on July 3, 2017 at the Roof Deck, Riverside College Inc., Dr. Pablo O. Torre St., Bacolod City. The seminar was part of the Entrepreneurship Month Celebration of the College of Entrepreneurship, which was formally opened by Elsa C. Streegan, Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA), in the morning of the same day, with entrepreneur Norberto De Ocampo, COO of St. Rafael Development Corporation (SRDC), as Guest of Honor and Guest Speaker. The theme for the Entrepreneurship Month Celebration is “Gearing up to meet the challenges of the future with confidence, integrity and faith in God” Sanchez spoke about the various opportunities in the real estate sector and how the students can apply the business concepts they have learned in school, such as STP (segmentation, targeting, positioning), within the industry. Also present during the seminar were Jade Linco, SRDC Staff, and Faculty Members Jenette Lopez, Overall Program Coordinator, and James U. Sy Jr.

Riverside College Formally Opens Entrepreneurship Month by: James U. Sy Jr.

Guest of Honor and Guest Speaker Norberto De Ocampo, COO of St. Rafael Development Corporation (SRDC), receiving plaque of appreciation from Mrs. Elsa C. Streegan, Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA), and Leonor A. de la Cruz, College of Entrepreneurship Department Chair, during the opening salvo of the Entrepreneurship Month Celebration on July 3, 2017 at the Roof Deck, Riverside College Inc., Dr. Pablo O. Torre St., Bacolod (James U. Sy Jr. photo).
Riverside College students of the BS Entrepreneurship, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Senior High School programs with organizers, faculty members, and guests during the opening salvo of the Entrepreneurship Month Celebration organized by the College of Entrepreneurship under Department Chair Leonor A. de la Cruz on July 3, 2017 at the Roof Deck, Riverside College Inc., Dr. Pablo O. Torre St., Bacolod City (James U. Sy Jr. photo).
Carlos Hilado Memorial State College-Fortune Towne Campus (CHMSC-FT) students of the BS Accounting Technology and BS Office Administration led by Jonah J. Perulino, MBA, BSOA Adviser, with organizers, faculty members, and guests during the opening salvo of the Entrepreneurship Month Celebration organized by the College of Entrepreneurship under Department Chair Leonor A. de la Cruz on July 3, 2017 at the Roof Deck, Riverside College Inc., Dr. Pablo O. Torre St., Bacolod City (James U. Sy Jr. photo). The Entrepreneurship Month Celebration was formally opened by Riverside College, Inc. through its Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA), Mrs. Elsa C. Streegan, and hosted by the College of Entrepreneurship under Department Chair Leonor A. de la Cruz, with the theme “Gearing up to meet the challenges of the future with confidence, integrity and faith in God” on July 3, 2017 at the Roof Deck, Riverside College Inc., Dr. Pablo O. Torre St., Bacolod City. The program was well attended by about 300 students of BS Entrepreneurship under Department Chair Leonor A. de la Cruz, Interdisciplinary Studies Department under Dr, Nenelyn de la Fuente, and Senior High School under Principal Livia Barriesses of Riverside College and the students of BS Accounting Technology under Chairpersons Prof. Joena Balladares of BSE and Prof. Lucia Tumulak of BSACT and BS Office Administration under Chairperson Kenrose Laguyo of Carlos Hilado Memorial State College-Fortune Towne Campus (CHMSC-FT) led by Jonah J. Perulino, MBA, BSOA Adviser. VPAA Elsa C. Streegan stressed the need for up and coming entrepreneurs to have the necessary knowledge and skills and the guts to to take risks, calculated and moderate risks that is, in starting up new ventures. Entrepreneur Norberto De Ocampo, COO of St. Rafael Development Corporation (SRDC), was guest of honor and guest speaker. His message to the attendees was for them to fully prepare and equip themselves for the globalized challenges of business in the 21st Century and ultimately become good and more so, better entrepreneurs who will elevate Filipino products to international prominence and energize the Philippine economy. De Ocampo summarized best his point when he quoted an ancient Chinese proverb which said, “When the wind of change blows, some people build walls, others build windmills,” in reference to the entrepreneur’s ability to adapt to change and find an opportunity in every adversity. Over All Program Coordinator was BS Entrepreneurship Full Time Instructor Jenette Lopez. Gil Alfredo B. Severino, MA, of the College of Arts and Sciences gave the reflection. Praise and worship was conducted by Ikthus Magnification. Master of Ceremonies were Elen Mongcal and Jasmine Arricivita. Conducting a seminar in the afternoon was Jennifer S. Sanchez, Branch Manager, SRDC, with the assistance of her staff Jade Linco. Sponsors were St. Rafael Development Corporation (SRDC) for the snacks and CMYK of Mar Cuello through staff Jhoanne Yema for the trophies for the winners.

CSA-B CABECS Conducted Team Building & Acquaintance Party by: James U. Sy Jr.

College of Accountancy, Business Education, and Computer Studies (CABECS) faculty members of Colegio de San Agustin-Bacolod (CSA-B) led by Dean Ma. Aurora Villanueva, Ph.D., (6th from left) at the conclusion of their Departmental Team Building & Acquaintance Party last June 24, 2017 at the Mambucal Mountain Resort in Murcia (James U. Sy Jr./CMAS photo). Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod’s (CSA-B) College of Accountancy, Business Education, and Computer Studies (CABECS) led by its Dean Ma. Aurora Villanueva, Ph.D., held its Departmental Team Building & Acquaintance Party last June 24, 2017 at the Mambucal Mountain Resort in the Municipality of Murcia. The activity, which was attended by 15 faculty members, 2 Augustinian guest friars, staff, and working scholars, was conducted to develop camaraderie, cooperation, and teamwork among the members of the department. The college recognizes the invaluable contribution of each member to achieve its mission and working as a synchronized unit, the department can achieve its mission more efficiently. The mission of CABECS is “the holistic transformation of Filipino youths into topnotch, ethical professionals, with an entrepreneurial mindset, all ready to face the world with compassionate heart,” with the ultimate vision of becoming “an Augustinian learning center of excellence in Accountancy, Business Education, Computer Studies and Entrepreneurship.” The CABECS mission and vision ultimately mesh perfectly with the mission of CSA-B itself, which is “fulfilling the mission of the Catholic Church by providing a well- rounded formation of the human person with respect to one’s ultimate goal; by developing moral and social values and love for country; and by fostering a community life characterized by ‘oneness of mind and heart on the way to God,’ anchored on the Augustinian motto ‘Virtus et Scientia.’” Games were conducted where faculty participants had to coordinate their efforts with their group members, thereby developing esprit d’ corps and team work. Performing arts numbers were also given by the grouped faculty members.

Riverside College to Celebrate Entrepreneurship Month by: James U. Sy Jr.

The College of Entrepreneurship under Department Chair Leonor A. de la Cruz and Guest Speaker Balma Nandwani (4th and 5th from the right respectively) during a symposium at Riverside College (College of Entrepreneurship, RCI photo). Riverside College, Inc.’s Entrepreneurship Month Celebration will be officially opened by the College of Entrepreneurship under Department Chair Leonor A. de la Cruz this coming July 3, 2017 with the theme “Gearing up to meet the challenges of the future with confidence, integrity and faith in God.” The opening salvo will be led by Samuel Z. Lee, MBM, President of Riverside College, Inc., and Norberto De Ocampo, an entrepreneur and COO of SRDC, will grace the event as the Guest Speaker. Praise and worship will be conducted by Ikthus Magnification while Instructor Gil Alfredo B. Severino of the College of Arts and Sciences will give the reflection. Instructors Jennette Lopez and Jasmine Arricivita will be masters of ceremonies. Riverside College, Inc. was founded by Dr. Pablo O. Torre, Sr. In 1961 with the mission of being “committed to the holistic formation of highly competent, competitive, and Christocentric men and women equipped to respond to the challenges and opportunities of a fast changing global society” and the vision of becoming “a world class institution of higher learning in the Philippines. It aspires to be at the forefront of quality education, responsive community services and relevant research, and become a key provider of leaders and professionals in the country and the world.” Riverside College is the first school affiliated with a teaching hospital (Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital, formerly the Riverside Medical Center) to be established in Bacolod City.

“My Love from the Star”: GMA’s Philippine Adaptation Sure to Kilig Fans by: James U. Sy Jr.

Kapuso actor and singer Migo Adecer with the Bacolod media at the conclusion of the “My Love from the Star” press conference on June 12, 2017 at the Planta Hotel (Photography by James G. Toga).
Kapuso actor and singer Migo Adecer at the conclusion of the “My Love from the Star” press conference on June 12, 2017 at the Planta Hotel, Bacolod City (James U. Sy Jr. photo).
Negros Daily Bulletin (NDB) columnist/feature writer James U. Sy Jr. with Kapuso actor and singer Migo Adecer at the conclusion of the “My Love from the Star” press conference on June 12, 2017 at the Planta Hotel, Bacolod City (Photography by James G. Toga). Up and coming Kapuso actor and singer Migo Adecer (born: Douglas Errol Adecer on December 15, 1999) was in Bacolod last June 12, 2017 to promote GMA’s newest teleserye offering, the Philippine adaptation of the internationally acclaimed and highly successful Koreanovela My Love from the Star, during a press conference at the Planta Hotel. Adecer was a part of a bigger Kapuso contingent that performed on that day’s Silay City Charter Day & independence Day Celebration at the Silay Public Plaza. The rest of the GMA stars were Bea Binene, Derrick Monasterio, Kiko Estrada, Bianca Umali, and Miguel Tanfelix of the hit Kapuso telefantasya Mulawin vs Ravena, fresh from their highly successful Kapuso Mall Show in Lucena City, Quezon recently. Adecer first gained prominence for being named the “Ultimate Male Survivor” in the 6th Season of the GMA Network's reality artista search StarStruck in 2015. He was born in Brgy. Mansilingan but was raised in Sydney, Australia, which becomes apparent when he speaks fluent English. It was Philippine diva Kuh Ledesma who discovered Adecer while he was a part of GleeCLUB Australia in 2012 and encouraged him to audition for StarStruck. Adecer remembers that his Philippine singing legend-mentor would ask him to sing for her everyday. Even if they had known each other for some time it was still intimidating for Adecer at times because he always had to give his best performance since his tutor was among those in the top echelon and he has to prove his mettle. Adecer signed an album contract with GMA Records in 2016 and has an upcoming album with five songs, one of which is in Tagalog. He is an accomplished musician as well, admitting he is self-taught in playing drums and guitar. What’s more, he composes his own music and all his songs in album were composed by him. His win in StarStruck opened the door to the showbiz world for him with a 5-year exclusive contract with GMA. His career as an actor was kickstarted with his role as Anthony, originally portrayed by Mark Herras in the original series, in the retelling-sequel of Encantadia in 2016. In the latest GMA offering, the Philippine adaptation of the highly successful Koreanovela My Love from the Star, Adecer will be portraying Yuan Chavez, the brother of Steffi Chavez. Adecer’s role as Yuan Chavez is more challenging for him because it has more exposure than his character as Anthony. He will have scenes where he had an argument with lead star Jennylyn Mercado, which he admitted made him nervous because she was one of the judges in Starstruck 6. \ My Love from the Star is the story of an extra-terrestrial being, Matteo Domingo (portrayed by Kapuso heartthrob Gil Cuerva), who crash-landed on Earth during the Spanish era in the 17th Century and 3 centuries later fell in love with a beautiful, sophisticated, and overly confident popular actress in the modern era, Steffi Chavez (portrayed by Ultimate Star Jennylyn Mercado). Domingo had lived many human lifetimes and lives, waiting for a rescue team from his home planet but when he only had three more months left, he met Steffi and from there their love story unravels. The original South Korean My Love from the Star was broadcast in 21 countries in Asia, Europe,a nd the USA and garnered at least 56 awards and nominations from at least 16 award-granting events in Korea, China, and Japan; GMA Network broadcast the original Korean series in the Philippines. The series was also re-edited into a 2-hour feature-length film by Meng Jiang Wei in the People’s Republic of China. The series was so popular and successful that it has an American, a Thai, and a Philippine remake, the last of which is handled by GMA Network. GMA expects the warm kilig welcome of Filipino fans of the Philippine adaptation because it is nearer to home - the language, the culture, the peculiarities of local romances, the names, the places - and it is expected to capture the hearts of Filipinos because of its not-so-common love story plot. The highly-anticipated Philippine adaptation of My Love from the Star premiered in North America, the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe on May 29, 2017 and May 30, 2017 in Asia Pacific, replacing Destined to Be Yours. GMA’s My Love from the Star is directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal and also stars Christian Bautista, Jackie Rice, and an ensemble cast. Can an alien and an earthling have a forever? Find out when you watch .

Hearts of Gold for Wills of Iron: Nonallada, MLYAC, & Friends Bring Skwelanihan IV To Indigent Pupils in Brgy. Malingin by James U. Sy Jr.

Leading the distribution of complete sets of school supplies to more than 400 pupils of the Jalsis Elementary School (JES) during the Skwelanihan IV on June 3, 2017 at Brgy. Malingin, Bago were (from left) Victor Michael Javellana, JES Principal Pinky Tanajura, 2017 Lin-ay sang Negros Angelica Portugaleza, Rhoderick Samonte, Councilor Cleo Gaudite, Dr. Rowena Banes, Brgy. Capt. Janet Yasay, and Lester “Abyan Icy” Nonallada (MLYAC photo).
Malingin Leaders Youth Association for a Change (MLYAC) under its Founder/President and Skwelanihan Project Manager Lester “Abyan Icy” Nonallada with the more than 400 pupils of the Jalsis Elementary School (JES) with their new school supplies during the Skwelanihan IV on June 3, 2017 (MLYAC photo).
The more than 400 pupil-beneficiaries of the Jalsis Elementary School (JES) during the Skwelanihan IV on June 3, 2017 (MLYAC photo).
Project Manager Lester “Abyan Icy” Nonallada with 2017 Lin-ay sang Negros Angelica Portugaleza and 2017 Miss Gay Philippines Universe Tamirra Ivone Willis during the Skwelanihan IV on June 3, 2017 (MLYAC photo).
The school supplies for distribution during the Skwelanihan IV on June 3, 2017 (MLYAC photo). More than 400 pupils of the Jalsis Elementary School (JES) received complete sets of school supplies, including among others notebooks, pad paper, pens, pencils, erasers, and crayons (as well as uniforms, shoes, and school bags for pre-qualified pupils), during the Skwelanihan IV “Bayanihan Para sa mga Bata nga Naga Eskwela,” organized by the Malingin Leaders Youth Association for a Change (MLYAC) under its Founder/President and Project Manager Lester “Abyan Icy” Nonallada with the support of socially minded organizations and philanthropic individuals on June 3, 2017 at Brgy. Malingin, Bago City. The name Skwelanihan, a contraction of the Filipino words eskwelahan “school” and bayanihan “spirit of communal unity and cooperation,” symbolizes the desire and effort to support pupils who have the dedication to pursue their education and their dreams in life. It is an annual civic project inaugurated in 2014 and conducted during the opening of classes to give school supplies to less fortunate pupils in Brgy. Malingin. MLYAC goes around the 21 puroks of the barangay and qualify recipients. Skwelanihan had come a long way, with only 150 beneficiaries in 2014. MLYAC is also the proponent of the “Slippers for Hope” and “Disyembregalo” programs. Sponsors of the project were College of Business and Accountancy (CBA) and College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) of the University of St. La Salle (USLS), Kasadya Bacolod Development Foundation Inc., Tony Agustin of Tobys Sports Bacolod, and the generous friends and supporters of Nonallada. Gracing the event were Mr. Victor Michael Javellana, as representative of Board Member Victor Javellana, Hon. Councilor Cleo Gaudite, Hon. Brgy. Captain Janet Yasay and other barangay and council officials, JES Principal Ma. Dinah Pinky D. Tanajura, 2017 Lin-ay sang Negros Angelica Portugaleza (who is also a native of Brgy. Malingin), and 2017 Miss Gay Philippines Universe Tamira Ivonne Willis Yasay, in behalf of the village council, expressed their gratitude to the event organizer, “Daku gid ang amon pasalamatan kay Icy Nonallada nga nagabulig sa mga pigado kag nagadala sang madamo nga outeach programs diri sa barangay (We are so grateful to Icy Nonallada who tirelessly helps the indigent residents of the village with many of his outeach programs).” Tanajura had the same to say, “In behalf of the school we would like to thank Lester "Icy" Nonallada and USLS family. This is 1/3 of our population ang natagaan subong so daku gid nga bulig sa mga kabataan (1/3 of our school’s population were beneficiaries this year, which is a very big help).” Skwelanihan will be extended up to June 18 so some other barangays in Bago City can also be reached. Icy Nonallada’s advocacy is an extension of the labor of love of his grandfather Luding Nonallada, who served as barangay chairman for over a decade in Brgy. Malingin. Nonallada has experienced poverty himself and wanted to give back to his community through this project (With inputs from Ritcheal Z. Lambating of the CBA Council, USLS).*

Arroyo Crowned Miss Prima Figura 2017 by: James U. Sy Jr.

Nica Arroyo of Bacolod City College (BCC), 2017 Miss Prima Figura, with 1st and 2nd runner ups Normilyn Flora (right) and Aisher Noble during the awarding ceremonies on May 29, 2017 during the fiesta of Brgy. Tagbino, Canlaon City (Nica Arroyo photo).
2017 Lin-ay sng Brgy 35, Bacolod Nica Arroyo of Bacolod City College (BCC) modelling a gown from the House of Brylie on April 30, 2017 (Eugene Parcon Ontanillas photo).
Nica Arroyo of Bacolod City College (BCC) was 1st runner up during the 2017 Lin-ay sg Bulak, Eroreco, Bacolod City last May 14, 2017 (Nica Arroyo photo). Nica Arroyo, an incoming senior BS Entrepreneurship coed at Bacolod City College (BCC), was crowned 2017 Miss Prima Figura on May 29, 2017 during the fiesta of Brgy. Tagbino, Canlaon City, Negros Oriental. Arroyo was also awarded Best in Summer Wear and Best in Grand Bikini. Normilyn Flora and Aisher Noble were 1st and 2nd runner up respectively. Flora was also awarded Best in Production Number and Best in Red Bikini. Georgia Cabrillos Lima and Yeng Ventura did the hair and make up for the candidates. The festivities was headed by Hon. Brgy. Capt. Luzmin Tangayan-Molo Arroyo is a prolific contestant in beauty contests, having been crowned 2017 Lin-ay sng Brgy 35, Bacolod (April 30, 2017), 2017 Lin-ay sang Brgy. Crossing, Magallon (Moises Padilla), and 2016 Ms. Palawod sa Pagsinadya, Brgy. Aguisan, Himamaylan City (May 25, 2016) among others. She also placed 1st runner up during the 2017 Lin-ay sg Bulak, Eroreco (May 14, 2017); 2nd runner up, 2017 Miss Yakult, and Best in Talent during the 2017 Dinagyawan Queen, Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod (April 28, 2017); and 2nd runner up and Best in Casual Wear during the Bikers’ Babe Competition (May, 12, 2017).

Wushu Sanda Tilt Explodes at Escalante Manlambus Festival by: James U. Sy Jr.

Organizers, officials, and players at the conclusion of the Manlambus Festival 1st Wushu Sanda Invitational Competition on May 28, 2017 at the Escalante Public Plaza (James U. Sy Jr. photo).
Wushu Sanshou action during the Manlambus Festival 1st Wushu Sanda Invitational Competition on May 28, 2017 at the Escalante Public Plaza (James U. Sy Jr. photo).
Wushu Sanshou action during the Manlambus Festival 1st Wushu Sanda Invitational Competition on May 28, 2017 at the Escalante Public Plaza (James U. Sy Jr. photo).
Founder/Master James U. Sy Jr. of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. with Tournament Manager/Head Judge/Referee Susan Sabillo of Escalante National High School (ENHS) at the conclusion of the Manlambus Festival 1st Wushu Sanda Invitational Competition on May 28, 2017 at the Escalante Public Plaza (CMAS photo). The Manlambus Festival 1st Wushu Sanda Invitational Competition was successfully held by the Escalante City Government under Hon. Mayor Eddie Montero thru Trainor Jesus “Jess” Flores of the City Sport and Development Office, Founder/Chief Instructor of the Thunder Kick Martial Arts Club (TKMAC), and Department of Education (DepEd) teacher-officials on May 28, 2017 at the Escalante Public Plaza, Escalante City. DEMONSTRATION. Founder/Master James U. Sy Jr. of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. with the assistance of Rombus Bustillo of ENHS/TKMAC demonstrated minimal-move Conceptual Arnis System armed and empty handed self defense techniques against stick and knife attacks. WUSHU SANSHOU/SANDA COMPETITION. Erica Flores of ISPS-ENHS won over Jeiane Gaviola of ENHS-Regular (42 kg. female). Anazel Broniola of OPNHS won via default (42 kg. female). Angie Ejusa of OPNHS over Mary IC Sinadjan of OPNHS (52 kg. female). Vince Martin Martirizar of ENHS (grade 8) over Rodrigo Ejusa of ECES (grade 8) (45 kg. male). Vincent Natial of ECES (grade 6) over Eduardo Luceño of ENHS (grade 8) (45 kg. male). Smith Huila of ENHS (grade 7) over Andres cabus Jr. of OPNHS (grade 8) (48 kg. male). Reymart Espera of STI-WNU Bacolod (THP) over Pado Datu-on of Escalante ALS (grade 8) (52 kg. male). Rodgie Sta. Ana of NONESCOST over Roben Romeo of Escalante ALS (52 kg. male). Rombus Bustillo of ENHS (grade 12) EPAS won via default (52 kg. male). Officials were Susan Sabillo of Escalante National High School (ENHS) (Tournament Manager/Head Judge/Referee), Trainor Jesus “Jess” Flores of the City Sport and Development Office/TKMAC (Event Orgnizer/Referee), Founder/Master Roy R. Flores Sr. of THP (Sideline Judge), Founder/Master James U. Sy Jr. of CMAS (Master of Ceremonies/Sideline Judge), Ryan J. Moreno of ENHS (Chief Registrar), Henie P. Estera of Old Poblacion National High School (OPNHS), Ali Agupasa of CSDO, and Lucila Y. Plaza of ENHS (Sideline Judges), Nilpas C. Secong of Danao Port Elementary School and Mery Jean A. Tiauzon of OPNHS (Scheduler), and Jerry Mark de la Cruz of THP Bacolod Coach).

“Gusali” Exhibit @ SM City Bacolod

Hon. Atty. John N. Orola, City Administrator, with his staff and Hon. Bacolod Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. during the opening of the “Gusali” exhibit on May 24, 2017 at the 2F North Wing, SM City Bacolod (James U. Sy Jr. photo).
Craig Scharlin of Scharlin & Associates, Maria Lilia V. Villanueva, President/CEO of BelleArte, Hon. Bacolod Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr., Elsie Gonzaga, President of the Bacolod Cultural Foundation, and Hon. Atty. John N. Orola, City Administrator, during the opening of the “Gusali” exhibit on May 24, 2017 at the 2F North Wing, SM City Bacolod (James U. Sy Jr. photo).
Negros Daily Bulletin (NDB) Columnist/Feature Writer James U. Sy Jr. with Hon. Atty. John N. Orola, City Administrator, after the opening of the “Gusali” exhibit on May 24, 2017 at SM City Bacolod (CMAS photo).

Tribe WAR XXVIII Explodes at 888 Premiere Mall by: James U. Sy Jr.

Organizers, officials, and players at the conclusion of the Tribe W.A.R. (Warrior’s Art Rumble) XXVIII on May 21, 2017 at the Event Center, 888 Premier Mall (James U. Sy Jr./CMAS photo)
The Hon. Mayor Eddie Montero-sponsored Escalante City Team under Trainor Jesus “Jess” Flores of Thunder Kick Martial Arts Club at the conclusion of the Tribe W.A.R. (Warrior’s Art Rumble) XXVIII on May 21, 2017 at the Event Center, 888 Premier Mall (James U. Sy Jr./CMAS photo).
Founder/Master Roy R. Flores of Tribu Hangaway Philippines (THP) and National Wushu Sanshou Judge Andrew Tumonong at the conclusion of the Tribe W.A.R. (Warrior’s Art Rumble) XXVIII on May 21, 2017 at the Event Center, 888 Premier Mall (James U. Sy Jr./CMAS photo).
TEXTBOOK BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU. John Kenny Ausente of New Life Jiu-jitsu showed his mastery of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu as he applied an armbar on Lester Doromal of Tribu Hangaway Philippines (photos 1-2), brought him in his guard (photo 3), and mount him (photo 4) during their 5-minute action-packed bout during the Tribe W.A.R. (Warrior’s Art Rumble) XXVIII on May 21, 2017 at the Event Center, 888 Premiere Mall (James U. Sy Jr. photo). The Tribe W.A.R. (Warrior’s Art Rumble) XXVIII was successfully held by the Tribu Hangaway Philippines (THP) of Founder/Master Roy R. Flores Sr. On May 21, 2017 at the Event Center, 888 Premiere Mall, Gatuslao St., Bacolod City. Founder/Master Ricardo Filipinas and members of his Sacred Ki Art of Foot Kighting (SKAFF) - Lucien T. Aguirre, Maegen Julienne A. Uy, Justine Xavier U. Vasquez, and John Vincent A. Tallada - gave a demonstration of Karate and Taekwondo forms and self defense techniques. Tribu Hangaway Philippines (THP) members was led by Founder/Master Roy R. Flores Sr. In demonstrating the breakfalls and various self defense techniques against grabs, punches, kicks, and weapons of the Japanese pacifist art of Aikido. Founder/Master James U. Sy Jr. of the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc. with the assistance of Reiss Rios of THP demonstrated minimal-move Conceptual Arnis System self defense techniques against grabs and knife attacks. WUSHU SANSHOU COMPETITION. The Hon. Mayor Eddie Montero-sponsored Escalante City Team under Trainor Jesus “Jess” Flores of Thunder Kick Martial Arts Club won 2 of 8 bouts fought with no losses (The other players did not have opponents), followed by Tribu Hangaway Philippines (THP) under Master Roy R. Flores Sr. (2-1), Philippine Integrated Martial Arts Academy-Filipino Tang Soo Do Association (PIMAA-FTSDA), Inc. Under Founder/Grandmaster Elmer V. Montoyo and Master Elmer “Don-Don” P. Montoyo (2-2), Tigers Team under Dundee Visitacion (1-1), the Hon. Ernesto A. Estrao-sponsored Hinobaan Team under Sherwin G. Nunesco (1-2), and Iloilo Combat Sports (ICS) under Bodie Galotera and Fight Club under Edwin Tusil (0-1 each). Kenneth Madalag of PIMAA-FTSDA won over Stephan Salvador of Hinobaan. Vincent Natael of Escalante over Truah Nunesco of Hinobaan. Smith Huila of Escalante over Rhovic Madalag of PIMAA-FTSDA. Christian Sa-onoy of PIMAA-FTSDA over Charlie Jene Pabores of ICS. Danny Argel of THP over Kim Catedrilla of Tigers Team. Kyle Salvador of Hinobaan over Israel Guevarra of THP. Reymart Espera of THP over Renald Homa of FC. Jowil Saludo of Tigers Team over Stephen Parreno of PIMAA-FTSDA. NI GI GRAPPLING COMPETITION. New Life Jiu-jitsu-Bacolod under Ken Toledo won 2 out of 3 matches fought; the other was won by Iloilo Combat Sport (ICS) under Bodie Galotera. Benhur Gonzales of ICS over Radspier Estrilla of NLJ. John Kenny Ausente of NLJ over Lester Doromal of THP. Errol Franco of NLJ forced a tapout from Japhet Jimeanea of THP at 4:55 with a rear naked choke, the only submission in the tournament. Officials were Andrew G. Tumonong, Master Teacher I, Ayungon Elementary School, La carlota City, National Wushu Sanshou Referee and Sideline Judge (Referee), Founder/Master Roy R. Flores Sr. of THP (Referee/Tournament Organizer-Manager), Founder/Chief Instructor Edwin Tusil of Fight Club (Referee), Founder/Master James U. Sy Jr. of (CMAS (Master of Ceremonies), Rozyl Mohametano of Mantas Daga, Patrick Carlo Barrera, Reggie Nado of Esclaante City, and Jerry Mark de la Cruz of THP (Sideline Judges), and Roy Flores Jr. And Mark Mayang of THP (Timers).