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Rotary Governor Nominees visit Negros

Rotary International District Governor Nominees (DGNs) in the Philippines visited Negros Occidental in search of an environmental project that can be implemented in the entire country when they take the reign of leadership by next year.

Eight out of ten DGNs with their spouses had a 3-day tour of Negros including DGN Rudy Enriquez of District 3770, Paul Angel Galang and wife, Carol (D3780), Pope Solis and wife, Vicky (D3800), Jay Tambunting (3830), Twinkle Gamboa and spouse, former PNP Chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa (3860) Lai De la Cruz (D3810) and William Delloro (D3820). The province is part of Rotary District 3850 and the visit was hosted by DGN Matè Espina.

(L-R seated) Past District Governors Jundad Legislador, Phil Abello, Louie Gonzaga, D3850 District Governor Edwin To, Jude Doctora and Biboy Jocson.
(L-R standing) DGNs Pope Solis, Rudy Enriquez, Paul Galang, William Delloro, DGE Mildred Vitangcol, DGNs Twinkle Gamboa, Matè Espina, and Jay Tambunting.
(L-R seated) Past District Governors Jundad Legislador, Phil Abello, Louie Gonzaga, D3850 District Governor Edwin To, Jude Doctora and Biboy Jocson. (L-R standing) DGNs Pope Solis, Rudy Enriquez, Paul Galang, William Delloro, DGE Mildred Vitangcol, DGNs Twinkle Gamboa, Matè Espina, and Jay Tambunting.

Among the places of interest they visited were the Provincial Capitol where they were welcomed by Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson who is also a Rotarian, the nearby Talarak Foundation Zoo and Breeding Center and the Tomongtong Mangrove Eco-Trail in Brgy. Tomongtong, EB Magalona.

‘The Angry Christ’ mural at the St. Joseph the Worker’s church in VMC was a must-see destination.
‘The Angry Christ’ mural at the St. Joseph the Worker’s church in VMC was a must-see destination.

Municipal Tourism and Environment Officer, Jojo Vargas emphasized on how community involvement was crucial to the sustainability and success of the Eco-Trail project which was only started a few years ago, yet has brought in millions of revenues for the town, especially for the fisherfolks of Brgy. Tomongtong.

Seafood lunch hosted by EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon at the Tomongtong Mangrove Eco-Trail.
Seafood lunch hosted by EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon at the Tomongtong Mangrove Eco-Trail.

The DGNs were treated to lunch by EB Magalona Mayor Marvin Malacon and they got to taste the famous blue crabs and other sea foods freshly cooked by their community members.

Former PNP Chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa with spouse, DGN Twinkle visited the EB Magalona Mangrove Eco-Trail.
Former PNP Chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa with spouse, DGN Twinkle visited the EB Magalona Mangrove Eco-Trail.

En route, the DGNs also visited Victorias Milling Company and got a glimpse of Alfonso Ossorio’s mural, “The Last Judgement” which is popularly known as “The Angry Christ,” and found within the St. Joseph the Workers chapel at the VMC compound and The Ruins and Ilaya Resort in Talisay City. They also had a stop at Balay Puti in Silay City and the Tractor Café in Talisay.

At Balay Puti in Silay with members of the Rotary Club of Bacolod Central.
At Balay Puti in Silay with members of the Rotary Club of Bacolod Central.

Since Negros Occidental is also known as a popular food destination, the 3-day visit included the mandatory chicken inasal dinner hosted by the Rotary Club of Bacolod Central, a taste of Kansi soup, Kansi steak and Kansi sisig at the Business Inn, and fellowship dinner at Maria Kusina hosted by Past District Governors Phil Abello, Chick and Nanette Garcia, Biboy Jocson, Jude Doctora, Jundad Legislador and Louie Gonzaga.

DGN Pope Solis and wife, Vicky.
DGN Pope Solis and wife, Vicky.

Also in town for the visit were D3850 District Governor Edwin To and spouse, Mary Ann; D3850 District Governor Elect John Michael Ng and wife, Krystle, and D3830 Governor-Elect, Mildred Vitangcol.

Present and future leaders of Rotary District 3850 (l-r) District Governor Elect John Michael Ng, District Governor Edwin To and District Governor Nominee Matè Espina.
Present and future leaders of Rotary District 3850 (l-r) District Governor Elect John Michael Ng, District Governor Edwin To and District Governor Nominee Matè Espina.
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