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NegOr’s Sandurot Festival 2017 to Kick Off on September 8



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This year’s Sandurot Festival, this city’s premier cultural festivity, will kick off on September 8 and culminate on September 17.

Earlier this year, Dumaguete City officials announced that the annual Sandurot Festival will be moved to September from November.

In a press briefing held recently at the City Session Hall, Mayor Felipe Remollo noted that the Sandurot Festival, which traditionally is an adjunct of the city festival celebration, will now be a standalone activity.

“This is rightfully so because it has to be given that much exposure and importance to bring in tourists and introduce Dumaguete’s and Negros Oriental’s rich heritage,” Mayor Remollo said.

City Tourism Officer Jacqueline Antonio said that holding the Sandurot Festival in September is more efficient for the city since the winning contingent will represent Dumaguete during the Buglasan Festival in October.

“In terms of logistics, having a standalone festival is more manageable for the staff of the LGU. The city’s charter day in November will focus on community activities,” Antonio said.

“September is also Tourism Month but it is usually a lean season for visitors. Having Sandurot in September should bring guest visitors to Dumaguete City,” Antonio added.

She also disclosed that since last year, the city government has been preparing for a culture-based festival and part of its preparation is conducting choreography workshops facilitated by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Aside from this, the city government also partnered with the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA) for a one-week workshop on music, set design and props, and festival management held last June to enhance the conduct of the Sandurot festival this year.

Some of the highlights of the Sandurot Festival this year include Paghihimamat (Get together) on September 16, 2:00 p.m. at the Rizal Boulevard, Pasigarbo (Streetdance) at 3:00 p.m. at the city streets, and the Pasundayag (Showdown) at Quezon Park.

The city government will also continue the Duma Comida Food Festival which was started last year. This event will be held for the whole week at Rizal Boulevard.

There will also be the Terra-Cotta Pottery Exhibit by Takeshi Maruyama, resident pottery artist of Foundation University, on September 9 until September 17 at Paseo Perdices.

Another event is the Electric Night organized by the Negros Oriental State University in coordination with the City Sports Office. The event will start at 5:00 p.m. from Rizal Boulevard to Quezon Park.

Antonio also announced that there will also be a Local Producers Bazaar on September 13 until 17 from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

“It’s a five-day event promoting a wide collection of locally crafted products, souvenir items, food, pastries, gift items, and wearable arts,” Antonio said.

The City Government will also hold “Dulang Pinoy” Filipino Traditional Games on September 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Quezon Park. This event is open for kids aged seven to 13 years old.

The newest event is the National Drone Race on September 16 and 17, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at RUSI Ball Field where 30 participants from Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao are expected to join.

To cap the five-day festivity, the city government will hold a 21-kilometer half marathon on Sept. 17 starting at 4:30 a.m. at City Hall Quadrangle.

The marathon will cover barangays Poblacion 2, 3, 4 and 5, Calindagan, Tabuc-tubig, Bagacay, Bajumpandan, Cantil-e, Talay, Junob, Taclobo, Daro, Piapi, Bantayan and Looc.

Meanwhile, 11 contingents will participate in the Sandurot Festival street dancing and showdown, of which six are school-based contingents while the remaining five are community contingents.

Participating contingents are Asian College, Piapi High School, Dumaguete City High School, Junob National High School, Metro Dumaguete College, Silliman University, Barangay Banilad, Barangay Cantil-e, Barangay Junob, Barangay Looc, and Barangay Daro.

This year, the theme of Sandurot Festival is “Pulang Yuta” (Red Earth), anchored on the history and heritage of Dumaguete City and the resourcefulness and creativity of the ancestors of its people.

“Sandurot” in Cebuano means “to mingle” or “to associate” with other people, usually in friendship, harmony and peace.

The budget allocated by the city government for this year’s Sandurot Festival is pegged at P2.5 million. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)

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Best Travel Deals with Globe Platinum and Singapore Airlines at the Showcase and Travel Fair 2018



Globe Telecom once again partnered with Singapore Airlines (SIA) to give Globe Platinum customers the opportunity to get inspired and explore new destinations this year with the fifth installment of its much-awaited Showcase and Travel Fair 2018.

Slated on January 26 to 28, 2018 at the Glorietta 2 Activity Center in Makati City and at the TriNoma Activity Center in Quezon City, SIA offers some of the best travel deals in renowned destinations around the world!

This is also the fifth year that Globe Platinum has partnered with SIA to be able to give its customers exclusive access to various perks and privileges especially when they travel via Singapore Airlines.

“Our partnership with SIA complements the distinct experience we want to provide our Platinum customers. Through our collaboration with one of the world’s premiere airlines, we get to enable our customers’ travel goals and help them create wonderful memories for themselves or their families,” explains Vice President of Emerging Strategic Businesses Coco Domingo.

During the fair, there will be a “Globe Platinum Priority Lane” for Platinum members in Glorietta so they may enjoy priority service by simply presenting their Globe Platinum Signal or Digital cards. Additionally, Globe Platinum clients will enjoy priority check in when they fly SQ and those who fly Business Class will receive special treats during the entire year.

There will also be special, all-inclusive round-trip airfares for passengers flying Economy Class from Manila to Singapore (from US$150), Southeast Asia (from US$220), India (from US$490), Australia (from US$540), Europe (from US$700), South Africa (from US$700), and the United States (from US$870).

Those flying Premium Economy Class, on the other hand, may travel to select Asian destinations (from US$970), Australia (from US$1020), Europe (from US$1400), South Africa (from US$1550), New Zealand (from US$1550), and the United States (from US$1900). For Business Class flyers, explore Southeast Asia (from US$690), South Africa (from US$1900), Australia (from US$1980), Europe (from US$2370), New Zealand (from US$2400), and the United States (from US$2400).

Other available promos from event partners also include Real 0% interest up to six months installment plan for BPI Credit cardholders; 500 KrisFlyer Bonus Miles when travelling to selected destinations; up to 25% discount on select Sentosa Singapore attractions; a SGD60 Changi Gift Card for every two tickets to selected destinations; a SGD20 Changi Dollar Voucher when going to destinations beyond Singapore; and a chance to win 50,000 KrisFlyer miles exclusively for Glorietta and TriNoma mall shoppers.

Complementing the exclusive travel deals and privileges is Globe Platinum customers’ access to a worldwide concierge service and domestic airport lounges.

To know more about Globe Platinum, visit

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Lenovo Officially Kicks off Highly-Anticipated Legion of Champions Series II Grand Finale



On January 26, Lenovo officially kicked-off the Finale of “Legion of Champions Series II” in Bangkok, Thailand. The event, held in collaboration with Intel, is a major gaming competition in the region.

Lenovo, the world’s leading PC manufacturer, has officially kicked off the “Legion of Champions Series II” Grand Finale (LoC; former League of Champions). This three-day gaming extravaganza, held in partnership with Intel, is expected to bring together over 60 gaming talents in Asia Pacific together in a Bangkok, Thailand.

Following last year’s successful debut, the competition has expanded its footprint to include teams from Hong Kong and Taiwan, in addition to Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The in-market champions from the eight markets will battle it out and the winning teams will walk away with a combined pool of close to 500,000 THB (approximately PHP 812,000) in cash.

After three days of intense competition, from January 26 – 28, the champion team will walk home with a cash prize of 210,000 THB (approximately PHP 341,000), while the first and second runners up will be awarded 110,000 THB (approximately PHP 178,000) and 70,000 THB (approximately PHP 113,000) respectively.

Lenovo Legion gaming devices will be the enablers for qualifying champion teams to compete during LoC, empowering them with a world-class experience in speed, performance and consistency. The anniversary edition of Legion Y520 laptop will also make its first appearance at LoC to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the launch of Lenovo Legion, a gaming sub-brand first introduced in CES 2017. Coming in two designs – one in red and another in black and gold. In the Philippines, the black and gold version will be available in limited stocks in February 2018.

Legion of Champions Series II is one of Lenovo’s major efforts in nurturing the next-generation gamers and growing the gaming community in Asia. Professional or amateur gamers alike, the teams competing at the Grand Finale of LoC are the best in Asia’s gaming scene. These in-market champions have stood out despite the fierce competition; all of them have gone through multiple elimination rounds at the local level to finally reach the highly-anticipated Grand Finale, competing against other top-notch talents for the ultimate gaming glory.

Hundreds of gaming fans are expected to attend this year’s Grand Finale of “Legion of Champions Series II” in Bangkok, Thailand to watch the heated battle and the birth of a new champion. For those who reside outside Bangkok, they can watch the live-streaming of the competition via

For more information on LoC 2018, please visit

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US-Based Pinoy Doctors to Hold Free Surgical Mission in Palawan




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A US-based association of Filipino physicians is set to conduct the first-ever medical and surgical mission in Palawan for this year at the newly-constructed Aborlan Medicare Hospital (AMH) in Barangay Ramon Magsaysay in the town of Aborlan.

The medical mission would be from Jan. 22 to 24, Provincial Information Officer Gil Acosta Jr. said on Saturday.

It will be led by the North Texas Association of Philippine Physicians (NTAPP) in cooperation with Governor Jose Alvarez, 3rd District Congressman Gil Acosta, 3rd District Board Member Albert Rama, and the municipal government of Aborlan.

Acosta said the NTAPP was composed of 44 Filipino physicians who arrived Sunday to bring free medical and minor surgical services to indigent residents of Aborlan town.

These are circumcision, harelip, breast-lumpectomy, biopsy, simple mastectomy, herniorrhaphy, hysterectomy-myomectomy, oophorectomy, appendectomy, colon resection with end to end anastomosis, amputation for gangrene, thyroidectomy, lysis adhesions, colostomy, cesarean section and tubal ligation.

Dr. Maria Arlin Josue, AMH chief, said they had already prepared for the medical and surgical mission, and were excited for the residents of Aborlan.

“Para sa mga nais makibahagi sa naturang aktibidad, maaaring makipag-ugnayan sa mga Operation Centers ng Rescue 165 na nakatalaga sa mga munisipyo sa lalawigan (For those who want to avail of free medical and surgical services they offer, residents can coordinate with the Operation Centers of Rescue 165),” she said.

Josue added they are grateful that the first medical and surgical mission in the province for this year chose Aborlan as it will surely help a lot of residents who lack funds to pay even for minor surgeries.

AMH is a 50-bed capacity medicare hospital in the first class municipality of Aborlan, located 69 kilometers from the capital of Puerto Princesa.

Its construction was funded cooperatively by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Department of Health (DOH)-MIMAROPA, the Palawan government, and the local government unit of Aborlan.

It was part of 15 others being constructed in different municipalities in the province, including the island town of Coron.

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Fiesta Señor and Sinulog 2018 Goes Digital



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Amid the digital era, organizers of the Sinulog festival have decided to tap social media to help deliver the message on the real essence of the celebration, which is the devotion and gratitude to the Holy Child Jesus, Sto. Niño.

Sinulog Foundation Inc. has launched the Sinulog 2018 app, where users can plot their own Sinulog route and schedule, as well as take a good look at various Sinulog activities, parade contingents, and the official route maps.

The app also enables the user to vote for this year’s Sinulog festival queen of their choice.

“One of the goals for the Sinulog 2018 is to bring back the essence of Sinulog to the Sto. Niño, especially to the younger generation who generally just wants to party,” said Stephanie Villarica, Sinulog Foundation Inc. Marketing and Promotions head.

In coordination with the social media teams of the Cebu Provincial Government and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the organizers are also exerting efforts in expanding social media presence.

Both government institutions will serve as reliable sources and will provide real-time updates during the celebration.

Aside from downloading the Sinulog 2018 app, Sinulog head secretariat Fr. Ric Anthony Reyes also encourages the public to download prayer apps.

Sinulog activities

Dubbed as “Kalingawan sa Plaza,” nightly activities are held at the Plaza Independencia for free. Fresh farm produce are also sold around the area.

The organizers also stressed that there will no longer be booths and Sinulog activities held along the Fuente Osmeña circle.

The Cebu City Government recently banned all parties and sale of liquor within 300 meters of the route.

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