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Bacoleños shine as city marks birth month

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BACOLOD CITY – From an international research conference to entrepreneurship awards to being included in a Manila film festival, some residents of the city are flying high as this city celebrates its 40th year of becoming an urban center.

Receiving awards is nothing new for Doc Weng. Here, she is recognized for the THOMAS award, the highest award given by USLS to administrators, faculty, and non-teaching staff. Photo courtesy of Rowena Bañes
Receiving awards is nothing new for Doc Weng. Here, she is recognized for the THOMAS award, the highest award given by USLS to administrators, faculty, and non-teaching staff. Photo courtesy of Rowena Bañes

The biggest win in the global circuit came via a university dean, Rowena Bañes who won the prestigious award for best paper in the Innovative Trends in Multidisciplinary Academic Research (ITMAR 2019) Conference in Istanbul, Turkey.

Rolandrie Viktor “Commie” Espina-Varona
Rolandrie Viktor “Commie” Espina-Varona.

In Manila, another Bacoleño, Rolandrie Viktor “Commie” Espina-Varona, son of veteran journalist and international awardee for journalism Ma. Salvacion or “Inday,” and grandson of the late Rolando Espina, also a veteran journalist, was chosen as Best Entrepreneur in the Small Business Category of the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in the Philippines.

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In filmmaking, Fredu Bayon-on, a Communication student of the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod was one of those qualified as a finalist in the Metro Manila Film Festival 2019. Bayon-on directed the short film “Tabako.”

 Fredu Bayon-on.
Fredu Bayon-on.

He was joined by other Bacoleños, Rodney Jarder Jr. and Talisay resident Alessandra Diaz as production crew members.

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Julius D. Mariveles
Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.

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