|El Cid M. Familiaran||
Before you watch tonight’s Asian Football qualifying match at Panaad in Bacolod between our own Phl Azkals and Mongolia’s pride, bring your visitors today to our "Little Baguio".
Today, the higlights of Don Salvador Benedicto town’s exciting "Kali-Kalihan Harvest Festival" will once again be experienced at the "Little Baguio" of Negros Occidental, also known as DSB.
The morning programs will involve blessings and inaugurations of several projects.
The crowd-drawer Kali streetdancing competition will start after lunch today.
The excitement does not stop there, because after the streetdancing contest will be the amazing, mind-boggling cultural-ritual presentation.
At 8:00 p.m. will be another crowd-drawer "Diwata sang Kali" beauty pageant and at 12 midnight the grand fireworks display.
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DSB Mayor Marxlen De la Cruz said the annual festival is just one of numerous attractions that draw foreign and domestic tourists and visitors to the cool town that connects San Carlos City in the north to Bacolod City through the eco-tourism highway.
Mountain and river resorts ideal for overnight accommodations and days of fun and adventure keep sprouting at DSB.
The town literally has unlimited natural beauty spots and attractions.
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DSB has been named the sugar province’s "Little Baguio" not just for its cool temperature like the country’s summer capital destination in Luzon.
It also has natural miniatures of natural tourism destinations and beauty spots found in other parts of the country.
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THE SUICIDE OF FORMER Armed Forces Chief and Defense Secretary Angelo Tomas Reyes yesterday morning by shooting himself in front of the grave of his mother at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City, solicited mixed reactions.
With everyone having his own interpretation amids the AFP scandal involving millions of dollars and pesos in funds as "excavated" by Congress, the suicide gave rise to much wider speculations.
Hopefully, the ongoing investigations will be expedited and will not become another mere grandstanding, just like what happened to so many celebrated cases and probes before it.
WE HEARD ABOUT THIS BEFORE AND NOW we are hearing a lot again about this Bacolod City College or BCC scandal.
We heard of this "BCC Scandal" for the first time from some local education officials, then from Bacolod Councilor El Cid Familiaran and now from more people in the know.
It’s not the scandal that involves sex or any immorality.
It is a scandal that might have far-greater influence and put at stake the future of students and possibly graduates, of BCC.
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We heard again and we are still trying to reach more authorities on this, that the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) had been writing BCC officials about its deficiencies in meeting the standards for a college institution.
It’s been three years now, we were told, that BCC’s attention was being called but still without serious reforms.
Now, we again were told, BCC might finally be a candidate for closure for not meeting the required staffing mandated for a college institution to comply with.
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Why were BCC officials and also City Hall lords, seemed undisturbed by the "notices" about the college’s failure to comply with requirements?
What will happen now to the previous graduates and the students as far as the validity of their schooling?
What now BCC?
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We do not want to speculate.
We just hope that this time some efforts to comply with the CHED requirements will be done before the final dealine.
BCC has helped lots of parents send their kids to college and has even assisted more indigents finish courses.
However, if BCC continues to ignore complying with requirements, the dreams of thousands more of aspiring indigent Bacolodnons will go to naught.*