In praise of wine!

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 01:45 p.m.

WHEN I first started visiting Negros in the early 1990s, finding a decent bottle of wine was a tough assignment. A few bottles were available in some stores, but most were barely drinkable.

Meet the four little pigs

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 02:35 p.m.

I BRING you good tidings! Julio and Olivia just had two wee ones, a girl and a boy, last March 18. And more good tidings… two days later, Julio and Amor had two boys of their own. Julio has been very frisky and busy with the ladies. Very good, Julio! You just added to the captive population of Visayan warty pigs in Negros.

Kaua’i, the Garden Isle

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 02:34 p.m.

SAYING goodbye to bustling Honolulu, our next destination was to the oldest geologically of the main Hawaiian Islands, estimated at 6 million years old, known as the Garden Isle, Kaua’i.

Grains and more at PhilRice

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 04:11 p.m.

ONE of my top agri-tourist destinations is the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice).

Of early birds and night owls

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 04:09 p.m.

THERE are some beliefs that we are pre-wired to perform at our optimum level at a specific time of day. You’ve heard of people proclaiming that they are either a morning person or a night owl.

The price of education

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 04:46 p.m.

IT’S only 4:30 in the afternoon, still very early, but Michel hurriedly packs her things to meet friends waiting for her. They need to start walking home before the darkness creeps in, and it is a long walk. Meanwhile, in their classroom, Romela swiftly sweeps the floor and tries to finish her cleaning assignments, thinking that she needs to go home as fast as she could. She may get lost in the dark.

Michel Roselle and Romela Claro are just two of the thousands of high school students who struggle everyday in order to go to school and reach their goals.

Quo vadis, graduates?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 04:45 p.m.

CONGRATULATIONS, Class of 2015! Cheers for reaching another milestone in your life! What is next for you? Have you made plans for the next phase of your life?

If you just graduated from high school, perhaps you already thought of where to go for college and what course to take.

A tribute to my mentor

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 01:39 p.m.

TODAY, an icon in my life is celebrating his 65th birthday. To most of us, it is the age of retirement, a chance to finally enjoy the rest of your life worry-free. To this guy, however, 65 is simply another chapter in his colorful life, another year to thank the Lord for all the blessings he received and yet to receive, another page to fill with adventure.

A polite brush off from Princess Anne

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 01:20 p.m.

I ONCE heard of an Indian who had printed on his calling card 'University of Bombay Entrance Exam. Failed.' The fact that he had reached the point of being rejected by that august seat of learning indicated he was a cut above most Indians.

Music to our ears

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 01:29 p.m.

A FEW moons ago, we were treated to exquisite music of Gershwin by no less than world acclaimed Cristine Coyiuto. Assisted by the Metro Manila Concert Orchestra with Josefino “Chino” Toledo as conductor, Cristine’s repertoire was modern classical and yet familiar and most entertaining. We were blest to have the luxury of this opportunity.

Cristine says of Gershwin: “Gershwin always believes in creating music that was distinctively American. He commented that true music must reflect the thoughts and aspirations of the people and the time. My people are Americans. My time is today."

Outstanding student councils

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 01:28 p.m.

OUR bright young minds today bring us hope for the future. This was evident when, once again, I was tapped to be one of the panel interviewers by the Junior Chamber International - Metro Bacolod (Jaycees) in their annual project.

The organization aims to “recognize, inspire and motivate future leaders in our society” by targeting the DepEd-accredited high schools of Bacolod City. The JCI believes that schools are “the most fertile ground in producing and developing the future leaders.”

One Direction headed to the PH

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 02:42 p.m.

RIGHT at the turn of the decade, 2010, five boys by the name of Louis, Liam, Zayn, Niall, and Harry hailing from England and Ireland, were regular teenage boys coming from middle-class families, who only had to worry about school, their after-school jobs, and girls.

Fast forward to today, and it goes without saying that One Direction has skyrocketed to global stardom faster than a one-hit wonder’s 15 minutes of fame. The only difference is, 1D has proven their staying power, as shown by their four record-selling albums, music videos each with millions of views, sold-out concerts, and blockbuster concert movies.

Foreigner chefs featured in Ayala Weekend Market

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 02:41 p.m.

TWO Spanish and French chefs will hold a cooking demonstration at the third installation of Weekend Market at the corte area of The District Northpoint-Ayala mall that opens tomorrow until Sunday.

Chef Ton-Trong Ho of Le Bistrot Francais will be featured in “Cook Like the French” tomorrow from 3 to 4 p.m., while Chef David Lopez of Kome Kome and Txacho will be featured in Vegetarian Spanish Cooking Demo on Sunday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Magic and mayhem in Iceland

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 11:15 a.m.

ON A cold Arctic night, the dark star-drenched sky is suddenly illuminated by a symphony of iridescent pastel hues so spectacular it leaves you breathless. The natural light show we saw in Iceland is poetry in motion. Very much clearly the handiwork of a divine sorcerer, I have never seen magic in its purest and perfect form.

In common speak, it was the northern lights. In romantic parlance, the aurora borealis.

Our Polynesian experience

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 11:15 a.m.

HAWAII is part of the Polynesian Islands. To savor them in one breath, we headed for the Polynesian Cultural Center. The Center is a Polynesian themed park which simulates the people and the tropical villages of the islands of Hawai’i, Samoa, New Zealand, Fiji, the Marquesas, Tahiti and Tonga and the new Easter Islands.

We were met by our guide and we were decorated with leis made from dried nuts (macademia, probably) who brought us first to the lagoon. There was a parade of canoes that showcased the signature dances of each of Polynesian culture. That was very colorful and quite awesome. My “tourism” inclination led me to think if we can duplicate this in our own lagoon or in Mambukal perhaps.

Jaguar to launch a sports crossover

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 03:36 p.m.

IT HAD to happen. Just about every other luxury auto maker has a crossover or SUV so it was only a matter of time before Jaguar built its own 4x4 -- of course with sports car performance, but also with plenty of room for the kids, the shopping and the dog.

Jaguar recently announced it is to build the F-Pace, a sports crossover, costing around 38,000 British pounds (P2.5 million) in the UK. No price has been fixed yet for the Philippines. It will go on sale in 2016.

Bracing for graduation expenses

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 03:35 p.m.

GRADUATIONS are tear-jerkers. It's one of the greatest milestones for both a child and a parent, marked by extreme feelings of fulfillment, relief, and great expectations.

For students, after long years of studying and burning the midnight candle, finally you're reaping the rewards of all those sacrifices. For parents, the years of working hard, sometimes even working abroad, finally get repaid by seeing their children marching, draped in the long black graduation gown and donning that dignified looking cap.

Excited for Panaad 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 01:56 p.m.

SUMMERTIME in Negros Occidental does not only mean hiking, getting tan at beaches or going uplands. For us Negrenses, summertime is also synonymous to a weeklong convergence of local art, culture, and lifestyle.

The Panaad sa Negros Festival, or commonly known as “Panaad Festival,” it us a seven-day showcase of the best food, products, dances, songs, and other tourism attractions of 19 towns and 13 cities of Negros Occidental, including its capital, Bacolod City.

Types of personality disorder, 2

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 01:53 p.m.

LAST week, I shared about Personality Disorders and focused on the Cluster B type of Personality Disorders. This week, I will continue with the two other clusters, A and C.

Personality is one’s traits and character, disposition, identity, and temperament. Each one has strengths and limitations.

The world is your oyster

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 04:32 p.m.

SOMETHING of an oyster revolution is taking place around the world. The rapid growth of oyster farms and new ideas for producing more has resulted in a come-back for these "love 'em or hate 'em" molluscs.

In high-end oyster bars from Sydney to London to New York, connoisseurs are binging on them.

19th Sinigayan Festival kicks off today

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 04:31 p.m.

SAGAY City’s 19thSinigayan Festival kicks off today with an opening parade and program, opening of festival villages and unveiling of mural to be led by Mayor Alfredo Marañon III and Vice Mayor Narciso Javelosa Jr. and city officials.

Sinigayan Foundation president Primitivo Rivera Jr. will officially open the festival, with the theme, “Excellence in Education: A Continuing Challenge.”

Rotarians touching lives

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 09:10 a.m.

ROTARY Club 3850 District Governor Joe Jay “Jude” Doctora urged his fellow Rotarians to start attracting new members and implement high-impact projects that truly touch lives.

Doctora emphasized this yesterday during his State of the District Address at the opening ceremony of the 3-day Rotary District Conference (DisCon) 2015 held at the L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod.

Who is Mrs. George Clooney?

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 09:09 a.m.

EVERY once in a while, a woman of stature comes into the spotlight either for her work, her advocacy, or her influence in society. It could be a rags-to-riches story, an appointment to a high position, receiving a distinguished award such as a Nobel Peace Prize, or recognition for her years of continued success in her field. We have the Oprahs, the Hillary Clintons, the Anna Win tours of the world who have had set the world ablaze and have carved theirs names in history.

Amal Alamuddin Clooney - by now, you must have heard her name be it because of her involvement in a number of high profile international cases, her impeccable fashion, or because of her tying down of notorious bachelor George Clooney. Her list of accomplishments is as long as her luscious hair and she is beautiful as she is intelligent.

8-storey condo to rise in Bacolod

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 09:09 a.m.

AN EIGHT-STOREY building, called Belle Arte Residential Condominiums, will soon rise on Galo corner G.V. St. in Bacolod City.

This development will be launched by project developer Marosvill Development Corporation (MDC)on Saturday at Daku Balay on #50 Burgos St.

A mix of good food and art

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 09:13 a.m.

ITALIA Restaurant opened 15 years ago near Riverside Hospital for the simple reason which is to share great Italian cooking to everyone.

The challenge has been sustained over the years with the kind patronage of the Negrenses. Mouthwatering pasta, fresh ingredients, good wine and steaks, brick oven pizza and great company all come together as one at Italia.

Hauntingly arresting Ireland

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 09:12 a.m.

THE feast of St. Patrick, "All Hallow's Eve," the Gaelic language, the lady pirate Grace O'Malley, U2, and Colin Farrell. The references are unmistakable. The land is, without a doubt... Ireland.

West of Great Britain and across the Irish Sea, the Emerald Isle—as Ireland is fondly called—reeks of originality. What can be more unique than the poignant music of Enya or the other-worldly mysticism of the Celts. Not only that, with its unbridled idealism and uncompromising tradition, Ireland inspires.

A partnership for better health

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 04:11 p.m.

EVEn if the Negros Island Region (NIR) is yet to be realized, the provinces of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental have long been united in operating the Inapoy Community Primary Hospital (ICPH).

Located in a village bordering Mabinay town in Negros Oriental and Kabankalan City in Negros Occidental, the ICPH was the first collaborative endeavor between the two provinces since discussions on the NIR concept begun in May 1994.

Gone in 60 seconds

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 04:10 p.m.

CAR thieves are becoming more brazen.

An audacious theft of a valuable car occurred in Surrey, just south of London, last week.

Outstanding Bacoleños in Japan

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 02:35 p.m.

TWO Bacoleños received citations from the Association of Filipino Students in Japan (AFSJ), in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Tokyo, for their invaluable contribution to the academic exchange between the Philippines and Japan.

Stephen Diaz and Judie Alvaran, both graduates of the University of St. La Salle, received their respective award from Ambassador Manuel Lopez in an event at the Philippine Embassy Building in Nampeidai, Tokyo.

Types of personality disorder

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 02:34 p.m.

EVERY person is special and unique. Each one has different attitudes, values and beliefs. Each one has his own personality. No persons are exactly alike. Even twins are not exactly alike.

Personality is defined in many ways. It is the visible aspect of one’s character as it impresses others. The Dictionary of Psychology defines personality as unique psychological qualities of an individual such as his behavior, feelings and thinking that set him apart from other people. defines it as the sum total of the physical, mental, emotional and social characteristics of an individual.