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INKcredible: Ang Panublion Museum Brings you the Art of Terry Gavino

When artist Marika Constantino curated Pagtahud, she featured the works of Capiz’s unsung art luminaries, including, among others, octogenarian TerryGavino. She was lone female artist on the list but that made her stand-out among the rest, as she always does.

Constantino described Tita Terry with petite frame but very commanding presence! In fact, it is not difficult to feel “her fire and passion” when she is around. She speaks her mind when she knew she had a piece or two to tell.

Outside the artistic circle, very few knew that Terry Gavino is an artistic genius. She was instrumental in the design of some of the landmark structures in Roxas City, namely the Roxas City Hall, Capiz Provincial Memorial Hospital and Ang Panublion Museum. The huge illuminated flowers that adorn the streets of Araneta Center every Christmas are products of her concept. They have been brought to Roxas City many times in the past, gracing the city streets during festivities and special occasions.
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Hanas, the Ultimate Summer Program for Culture and the Arts

What better way to make the most of your summer vacation than to level up your cultural experience? This summerthe National Commission for Culture and the Arts in partnership with Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod, Western Visayas Association of Museums, Inc., and The Negros Museum, brings you Hanas, the scholarship program for culture and the arts.

In the Hiligaynon language, Hanas means to hone one’s skills. That’s why Hanas aims to provide the opportunities for second-liners in the field of performance arts and cultural management to hone their skills and capacity.

Five courses are offered: fundamentals of film, theatre, dance, museology, weaving and creative curriculum. The scholarship program, held in different venues in Bacolod City gears the participants in accomplishing an accumulated 140 hours of training in a span for two months to be eligible to graduate from the training.

Participants who fall short in accomplishing the required total number of hours will still be provided wit…

Magsugilalonay Kita, Revitalizing the Western Visayan Literature

Western Visayas has a thriving literary community, thanks to the active endeavors of Hiligaynon writers who advocated the resurgence of mother tongue-based literature. Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a and Akeanon were the three languages in Western Visayas.  While Hiligaynon is the region’s lingua franca, Kinaray-a remains the predominant language,  spoken in the central and southern towns of Iloilo, the entire province of Antique and most of Capiz. Hiligaynon, meanwhile, is spoken in Iloilo City, the coastal communities of Northern Panay (extending from Carles in Iloilo until Ivisan in Capiz), Guimaras island, and majority of Negros Occidental. Hiligaynon was spread in Mindanao when migrants from Panay settled in Southern Mindanao from 1950s until 1970s. 

Hiligaynon literature became popular at the turn of the 19th century when Imprenta La Panayana was established in Iloilo City. The coming of the Americans saw the emergence of the Golden Age of Hiligaynon literature despite the presence of Sp…

The Sunflowers of Bago, Negros Occidental

When we see sunflowers, a sense of happiness imbues us, but more than the sunny disposition this perennially favorite bloom offers, sunflowers also symbolize friendship and loyalty. So, ladies, if a guy gives you sunflower, either he wants you to be his friend or he loves you so much he wants you to knowhe's loyal to you. Ok, so enough with that. But you would agree with me: no one can resist the mood-enhancing feel sunflowers bring to anyone.

The OISCA Sunflower Farm is one of the two sunflower destinations in Negros Occidental. The other one is in La Carlota City. This expansive field of 3,000 sunflowers is a change of scenery. Negros Occidental, after all, is synonymous with sugarcane plantation - thousands and thousands of them! But here at OISCA, aside from their mulberry plantation (check the picture above) which they feed to the silkworms they they raise here, you get these sunflowers, too!

The Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement set up the OISCA…

Christmas Lights are Bright at the Capiz Provincial Park

The Capiz Provincial Capitol enjoyed a face lift with its transformation into an enticing outdoor attraction. It features lush flora and the man-made pond and waterfalls that provide the locals with an open-air respite to commune with nature, unwind, and temporarily set their worries aside. This Christmas season gives  the Capiznons another reason to visit this destination. The park has gone merrier andbrighter now that the lights are on and twinkling with the festive tune that enlivens everyone’s spirit.

A statement from the Capiz Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs says: "The lighting up of the festive lights at the Provincial Park is Capiz’ way of celebrating with the rest of the world the birth of Jesus Christ, the savior. And with this, we continue to live a Christ-led life and remain humbled by the sacrifices He made for us."

All is merry and bright at the Capiz Provincial Park! The holidays lights in blue, white and red usher in the  spirit this season. Larger-th…

History | Former Cebu mayor appointed as Capiz’s Japan-sponsored governor

On January 21, 1944, President Jose P. Laurel officially appointed Alfredo V. Jacinto as provincial governor of Capiz, reports Manila's The Tribune. The appointment came after the recommendation of former Speaker Manuel Roxas who was “interested in the restoration of peace and order” in the province. With his appointment, Governor Jacinto officially succeeded Gabriel K. Hernandez, who went into hiding from the Japanese forces after the occupation of Capiz. In July 1943, Santiago Arceño, the province’s senior inspector of the constabulary, was delegated as acting governor, a post he held until Jacinto’s appointment.
Jacinto reportedly had “a long and efficient record of service in the government.” He born on March 23, 1891, in Gapas, Nueva Ecija, to Gervasio Jacinto and Ramona Lim. After finishing secondary course at Liceo de Manila, he was hired to work in Nueva Ecija where he started out as property clerk, rising into the position of Civil Service Accountant. He married his town…

Panay Christmas Village, Capiz's Colorful Christmas Attraction

The ber months invite everyone to the town of Panay in the province of Capiz not only to see its historic church bell, but also to experience its festive Christmas Village. For the locals, no Christmas is complete without taking the whole family to this festive, colorful and bright destination.

The town of Panay lies just 20-30 minutes away from the heart of Roxas City, the province's capital. It is accessible through a tricycle ride or by taking a public van bound to the town of Pontevedra (just tell the driver to drop you off at Panay town plaza). You may also charter your own tricycle for faster transport.

The town's main attractions include the 19th century, neoclassical Santa Monica Church and the famous bell made of 70 sacks of silver and copper coins. Not to be missed, especially during the Holiday season, is the town's Christmas Village, which has become an annual tradition that involves the installation of outdoor lights and decors to celebrate the coming of &quo…