Friday, April 28, 2017

The 32nd Negros Trade Fair

32nd Negros Trade Fair

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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Friday, June 17, 2016

MANILA, Philippines - This comes from a Facebook post by advertising guy, Lloyd Tronco.  It is all about a Negrense artist who most Negrenses have little knowledge of.  The Facebook post goes :

My Father The Artist.

Leading up to Father's Day, let me tell you about my father, the artist. He came from a town called Kabankalan, in Negros Island (the Sweet Spot of the Philippines). He went to Manila to study Fine Arts in UP Manila. He belonged to the illustrious class of Larry Alcala, Jose Joya, Celia Diaz-Laurel, Pitoy Moreno, Juvy Sanso, et. al. In the second year, UP Fine Arts moved to its new campus in Diliman. Dad felt Quezon City was too far. With this, he moved to the University of Sto. Tomas

While at the UST, he was sent on a scholarship to Spain with two other artists, Cesar Legaspi, and Arturo Luz. They all studied at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, where Juan Luna also studied.
Larry Tronco and Cesar Legaspi in Madrid
Coming back to the Philippines after that scholarship, he took on a teaching post at the University of Sto. Tomas, where National Artist Victorio Edades was dean. His other friend at that time who became a National Artist was Jerry Navarro.
UST College of Architecture and Fine Arts Faculty.
Today, anywhere I go, if I meet an artist from the 1950s to about the early 1980s, a lot of them know about my late dad and in fact could have been their students.

As mentioned, he was surrounded by men who became National Artists. Both his Spain buddies Legaspi and Luz earned it. Could Larry Tronco have become a National Artist too? I think he could. Why he did not is another story.


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The 5th of November is a special day in Negros Island.  The Negros Revolution, now commemorated and popularly known as Al Cinco de Noviembre or Negros Day, was a political movement that in 1898 created a government in Negros Island in the Philippines, informally ending Spanish control of the island and resulting in a government run by the Negrense natives......Read More


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Monday, March 21, 2016

Senatorial Candidate Raffy Alunan (#3) posted this on his Facebook Page:

I Remember.

When I was tasked by President Fidel V. Ramos to back channel with rebel leaders from the MNLF and MILF, RAM-SFP-YOU and the CPP-NDF-NPA, I personally spoke to Greg Honasan, Nur Misuari and Conrado Balweg in their safe areas.

The message: We've shed precious Filipino blood. Let's stop the fighting and the killing. Get out of the underground and join the mainstream. Let us build our nation together for future generations.

I also managed to talk to local MNLF commanders, CPP-NDF-NPA cadres (both active in the field and incarcerated leaders like Satur Ocampo, Rolly Kintanar and Ric Reyes in Fort Bonifacio), and members of the MILF Executive Council in Cotabato City when my sojourn to Camp Abubakar to talk to Hashim Salamat was scrubbed by rain.

Eventually, peace agreements were forged with the RAM-SFP-YOU and the MNLF although the government's deliverables to the latter have yet to be fully fulfilled. Peace remains a work-in-progress in various parts of the country with the MILF and the CPP-NPA-NDF. It boils down to having good government and being a just society.

We cannot quit. We all have got to work for the future of succeeding generations.

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The 5th of November is a special day in Negros Island.  The Negros Revolution, now commemorated and popularly known as Al Cinco de Noviembre or Negros Day, was a political movement that in 1898 created a government in Negros Island in the Philippines, informally ending Spanish control of the island and resulting in a government run by the Negrense natives......Read More


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Senatorial Candidate Raffy Alunan (#3) : We cannot quit. We all have got to work for the future of succeeding generations.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

While the famous Malacañang Palace is easily referred to as the Presidential Residence in the Philippines, many do not know that the title as Residence of the President of the Philippines came upon Malacañang only upon the establishment of the Commonwealth of the Philippines on November 15, 1935.

Also not known to many is that before the first Philippine Republic was established in January 23, 1899, there already existed the
República Cantonal de Negros or the Cantonal Republic of Negros
which came about in November 5, 1898.

This makes the
Ancestral House built by General Aniceto Lacson in Talisay City, the first Presidential house in the Philippines.

Last September 23, 2014, the descendants of
General Aniceto Lacson, who are now the co-owners of the ancestral house, released this statement for the public to know (via the local Negros daily, the Visayan Daily Star):

The Ancestral House built by General Aniceto Lacson in the 1880’s is a fine example of a 19th century Philippine Architecture known as “Bahay na Bato” or House of Stone. Uniquely, it has a balcony that surrounds the entire 2nd floor giving a panoramic view of its surroundings has its own chapel at ground level.

As most Negrenses would know, General Aniceto Lacson was among those who successfully led a province-wide Katipunero revolt against the Spanish garrison in Bacolod City on November 5, 1898. When the Spanish forces surrendered, he was chosen as President of the short-lived Cantonal Republic of Negros. Today, Negros Island celibrates as an official holiday, “Cinco de Novembre” on November 5 to commemorate the surrender.

During his tenure as President of the Cantonal Republic of Negros, General Aniceto held office in this ancestral house. During those years, he was visited by General Emilio Aguinaldo, Andres Bonifacio, Antonio Luna, Emilio Jacinto, Claro M. Recto, President Manuel Quezon, President Sergio Osmeña, among other dignitaries. It is no wonder that in March 13, 2002, the National Historical Institute (NHI), thru Board Resolution No. 2, 5. 2002 declared the General Aniceto Lacson Ancestral House as a NATIONAL HISTORICAL LANDMARK, as provided for by a Presidential Decree. 


The Ancestral House has been occupied by the succession of General Aniceto’s children and grandchildren. It is at present, owned-in-common by its co-owners, the Claparols, Rossello, and Balcells families, descendants of his daughter Carmen Lacson
married to Ricardo Claparols.

In the early 1970’s, a strong typhoon damaged the entire roof and since then has been left unoccupied up to this day. The descendant co-owners have tried to maintain it but could not cope with the scale and magnitude of the repairs. Sadly, the
ancestral house went through an accelerated process of deterioration, as portions of the ceiling crumbled down and worse, a part of the second floor, including the staircase began to sag.

It was for this reason that we, the undersigned, aware of our responsibilities as co-owners, looked into how we could restore and preserve the ancestral house.

Therefore, in 2002, we decided to form a foundation so that it would serve as an avenue to formally solicit and generate the much-needed funds for its restoration. Due to limited funds, the restoration is being done in phase prioritizing on the more critical areas, primarily in restoring structural stability. Donations received from individuals, corporate and government institutions are properly documented and accounted for.  

All descendant co-owners were invited to participate in the foundation, however only seventy percent (70%) responded favorably. We then pooled in our personal financial contributions to establish the General Aniceto L. Lacson Ancestral House
Foundation,Inc. ( GALAH). Registered on May 7, 2002 as a non-stock non-profit corporation with the Securities and Exchange Commission with Company Registration No. E200200273, the foundation was established with the sole purpose to fully restore,
repair, maintain and preserve the ancestral house.


When GALAH Foundation hired the services of both local and national level architects to inspect the ancestral house, they discovered that the main cause as to why the house was deteriorating rapidly was due to termite infestation. After further ocular inspection of the premises, from inside the ceiling and around the flooring area, it revealed the extent of the damage caused by the termite infestation, which was not limited to the wooden columns that support the structure of the ancestral house but has damaged as well the ceiling girts and the joists and the flooring girts and joists.
Photo by Dennis John Reyes
They advised us to immediately install (coconut lumber) scaffoldings on the affected area of the 2nd floor, including the staircase, in as much as its elevation has already sagged at about 8 inches. The architects warned us that if we did not support a part of the 2nd floor with scaffoldings that it was a matter of time that it would collapse and cause greater damage to the ancestral house.

Restoration architects such as Architect Augusto “Toti” Villalon ( Architect and Cultural Heritage Planner) together with Architect Melvin Patawaran (Principal Architect of Tropiks Design Studio) in coordination of Architect Jude Tipon ( Past
President, United Architects of the Philippines (UAP)) have been working together to supervise the restoration.  

Ocular inspections were conducted by Architect Augusto P. Rustia, the Cultural Properties and Conservation Division Chief of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Executive Director Ludovico D. Badoy, Mr. Reynaldo A. Inovero, and Engineer Candido H. Castro from NHI Historic Preservation Division and Architect Norman H. Campos. NCCA and NHI prepared their own respective project studies and program of works and have been submitted to GALAH foundation.

The restoration started in February 2013 and as of December 2013, the following have been accomplished;

Note: Only Mahogany (hardwood) lumber has been used. All undamaged ceiling and flooring panels have been catalogued to ensure that they well be placed back in its original position.

- the 10 inch x 10 inch x 40 feet wooden column that was the main cause for the flooring to sag has already been replaced. About 3 more damaged wooden columns need to be replaced while those columns that are undamaged have not been touched. 

- the entire ceiling girts and ceiling joists have been repaired, replacing only the damaged sections of the wood frames, either by cross-sectional repair if the remaining portion of the wood frames are still in good condition or if not, replace the entire wood frame. The undamaged ceiling panels will be placed back once the flooring alignment is completed including the neo gothic arch traceries.

- the replacement of the entire roof of the main area of the ancestral house with new 0.24 mm gauge Galvanized Iron (GI) sheets were very corroded. In time, the roof will be painted with anti-corrosion metal primer and roofing paint.

This year 2014, the restoration continues, focusing on the re alignment of the 2nd floor. It is a slow tedious process of removing the flooring panels and the floor joists so as to expose and to replace the damaged floor girts and joists. As of today, three sections of the 2nd floor have already been aligned and its flooring panels have been placed back to its original position.

We, the members of GALAH foundation and as a co-owner descendant are fully committed to restore and preserve the General Aniceto Lacson Ancestral House. We are inviting all patriotic Filipino to support our cause in restoring the General Aniceto Lacson Ancestral House to its historical grandeur as a fitting symbol of our country and its people. We are also inviting you to visit the ancestral house and see for your self.

The goal is to restore and preserve the ancestral house and unselfishly shares the historical glory not only to the people of Negros but to the whole country as well. As such, the concerned co-owner descendants and members of the GALAH foundation are doing everything possible to achieve this purpose.

           The 70% descendant co-owners and members of GALAH Foundation

                      Rosario Claparols      

                      Patricia Claparols
                      Victoria Claparols  

                      Alxandra Claparols
                      Michael Claparols  

                      Francisco Rosello
                      Carmen Rosello    
                      Miguel Rosello
                      Teresa Rosello       
                      Eduardo Balcells 
                      Anna Balcells        
                      Alfonso Balcells 
                      Carlos Balcells

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Unknown to many Negrenses is a name which made itself famous on the golf courses in Manila.  The name was Vinice Godio-Estacion.

She was the pride of several golf clubs for bringing the home the bacon in her respective golf clubs. She has been the perennial champion of many big club tournaments.

Think of this:  Seven (7) years Ladies Club Champion in the prestigious Sta. Elena Golf Club, of which 2001 to 2003 were consecutive, as well as 2006 to 2008.  Six (6) Consecutive years Ladies Club Champion in Alabang Country Club.  She was also 2 years National Ladies Club Champion.

Vinice, was an alumna of Riverside College in Bacolod City.  Yes, that same Riverside College next to the former residence of another Filipino golfing great, Luis "Golem" Silverio.

Sadly, Vinice passed away on October 28, 2009.

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Remembering Vinice Godio, Champion Lady Golfer

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Barong Tagalogs that the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders and their spouses had a different kind of shimmer to it.  If you were one of those who wondered what made the barongs glisten elegantly, it's because they were made of a unique combination of Aklan Piña and Negros Island silk.

Designed by renowned Filipino fashion designer Paul Cabral, the heads of state who wore the pina and silk fabric were United States President Barack Obama, Mexican President Enrique Pe
ña Nieto, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, among others. 

Without much fanfare, it was on Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie, who displayed pride in the Philippine national dress.  In a commemorative photo posted on the Facebook page of the Prime Minister's Office of Japan on Thursday, Prime Minister Abe, and his wife Akie were seen smiling with US President Barack Obama, seated next to each other at the round table at the SM Mall of Asia Arena Wednesday evening.

"At the dinner banquet hosted by President Aquino, President Obama, my wife, and I had a commemorative photo taken. We are wearing Barong Tagalog, the ethnic costume of the Philippines," Abe said in a message that accompanied the post.

The silk from Negros Island is a product of the Silkworm Rearing Project in Bago City, less than hour south of Bacolod, managed by the Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement (OISCA)- International, an NGO founded and based in Japan but extends help to developing countries mostly in Asia and the Pacific with agriculture as its main thrust.

Farmers from Bago and other neighboring towns rear silkworm whose cocoons are produced into silk yarns which are used as raw material for barong and other products.

With the Negros Island silk complementing the Aklan Pi
ña on a global stage, it won't be a surprise when the combined piña and silk "APEC signature fabric" comes into great demand from global designers too.

Officials during the formal turnover of Sericulture Tools : Japanese Embassy's First Secretary Ryutaro Aoki, Governor of Negros Occidental Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Outstanding sericulture farmer Mr. Dennis Florentino last February 2014.

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APEC Barongs Shine Elegantly Because Of Negros Island Silk

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The 5th of November is a special day in Negros Island.  The Negros Revolution, now commemorated and popularly known as Al Cinco de Noviembre or Negros Day, was a political movement that in 1898 created a government in Negros Island in the Philippines, informally ending Spanish control of the island and resulting in a government run by the Negrense natives, at least for that part of the archipelago and for a relatively short period. The newly established Negros Republic would last for approximately three months. American forces landed on the island unopposed on February 2, 1899, ending the island's independence.

Prelude to revolution

It has been stipulated that the Spanish civil and religious authorities in Negros did not initially suspect that the sugar barons and traders of the island would participate in an uprising against Spain.[1] The clergy in Negros had not acquired vast tracts of land, unlike their counterparts in the island of Luzon. Negros had become a rich province and "the local leaders were content, sharing even in many instances the social privileges of the Spanish elite."[2]

Negros did not seem enthusiastic about the August 23, 1896 Cry of Balintawak and the subsequent revolt headed by the Tagalog Katipuneros.[3] Rather, it disapproved the same as battalions of volunteers were organized in Bais, Valladolid, La Carlota, and Isabela in order to defend the island. There had been, however, early on, attempts by various groups on the grassroots level to revolt against the Spanish colonizers by figures like Diyos Buhawi and Papa Isio.

However, a greater part of the sugar planters soon began to sympathize towards the proposed ends of the insurrection, until two years later, such sympathy bore fruit when these same sugar planters broke out in open revolt. By that time, Aniceto Lacson, a rich landlord of Talisay City had joined the Katipunan, and Juan Araneta, Rafael Ramos, Carlos Gemora, Venura, and other leaders of what would become the revolution of 1898 were negotiating with their comrades in Iloilo and were arming themselves.

By the middle of August 1898, as numerous rumors of a coming insurrection in the Visayas spread, a number of parish priests sought refuge in Iloilo. The Negrense revolutionaries agreed that the revolt would begin on November 3, 1898. It was to be led by Aniceto Lacson with Nicolás Gólez of Silay City as deputy commander. South of Bacolod City, the revolt would be led by Juan Araneta of Bago City with Rafael Ramos of Himamaylan City as deputy commander.

Chronicle of the revolt

November 3

Aniceto Lacson rode to Silay. A committee headed by Lacson and acting for the province included Gólez, Leandro Locsin and Melecio Severino assembled and decided to begin the revolt on November 5. They then advised Juan Araneta of their decision.

November 4

Juan Araneta, from one of his haciendas in Ma-ao, advised all the southern mayors to begin the revolt the following day. In the afternoon, a woman from Kabankalan Norte (the present-day barrio of Eustaquio López) in Silay told priest Tomás Cornago of the impending revolt, even though the planning for the same was held secretly. He inquired of his friend, Doroteo Quillama, cabeza of the barrio, seeking to verify the report. The cabeza claimed no knowledge of the revolt. That same afternoon, groups of armed men passed the haciendas of Silay, and proceeded towards the town. The guardia civil in Silay were, however, unable to report this to Bacolod; the rebels had cut the telegraph lines in Talisay the day before.[4]

November 5

The revolt began in Central and Northern Negros in the morning and by the afternoon had spread to other towns such as San Miguel and Cadiz. In Silay, Lt. Maximiano Correa, commanding the Spanish garrison, had ten Spanish cazadores (Spanish, literally, "hunters") and seven Filipino civil guards. They were entrenched inside the municipal building, but surrendered without a fight when they realized that the townspeople were determined to burn the building to the ground should there be resistance. The Silay parish priest, Eulogio Saez, a businessman named Juan Viaplana, and José Ledesma persuaded the Spanish forces to lay down their arms, but in order to save face, the lieutenant had it appear in the official records that the capitulation was the result of a bloody battle with "dead and wounded littered all over the field of battle".[4] Ten Mauser and seven Remington rifles were surrendered by the garrison. Later, a flag similar to the design of the Filipino flag embroidered by Olympia Severino and her sisters was hoisted by the victorious townspeople.

In Bacolod, the governor of the province, Isidro de Castro, sent a force of 25 cazadores and 16 civil guards to engage a swarm of rebels seen camping near the Matab-ang River. After a brief skirmish, they withdrew, leaving two of their number dead. The Governor decided to make a stand in the Bacolod Convent (presently the Bishop's Palace, the rectory of the San Sebastian Cathedral), where hundreds of Spanish families had taken refuge. They waited for the attack, but it did not come.

November 6

In the morning, the rebels advanced upon Bacolod. Lacson and Gólez approached from the north, crossing the Mandalagan River. Araneta with a thousand bolo-men took positions at the Lupit River in the south-east of Bacolod. The wily revolutionaries augmented their lightly armed forces with "cannon" made of bamboo and rolled amakan, and "rifles" carved out of wood and coconut fronds. The bluff worked; de Castro was persuaded that it was useless to defend the capital.

José Ruiz de Luzuriaga, a rich businessman who was deemed acceptable to both rebels and Spanish authorities was sent to mediate. At noon, a delegation from each of the major belligerents met at the house of Luzuriaga. The rebel delegation included Lacson, Araneta, Gólez, Locsín, Simeón Lizares, Julio Díaz, and José Montilla. In an hour, it was agreed by both sides that "Spanish troops both European and native surrendered the town and its defenses unconditionally, turning over arms and communication" and "public funds would be turned over to the new government".

Historical marker commemorating the surrender of Spanish forces in Bacolod in 1898. Installed at the Fountain of Justice in 2007.
November 6, 1898, therefore, is the day that the revolution in Negros concluded.[5]:476

The Spanish signatories of the surrender document included Isidro de Castro, Braulio Sanz, Manuel Abenza, Ramón Armada, Emilio Monasterio and Domingo Ureta. Those who signed for the Negros revolutionary forces were Aniceto Lacson, Juan Araneta, Leandro Locsin, Simeón Lizares, Julio Díaz, and José Montilla.[6]

Forty-seven eminent Negrenses formulated and ratified a constitution to create a new republic. Signatories included among others Aniceto Lacson, Juan Araneta, Simeón Linárez, Antonio L. Jayme, Eusebio Luzuriaga, Nicolas Gólez, Agustín Amenabar, Rafael Ramos and Rosendo Lacson.[6]

Notes and references

  1  Calma, Ma. Cecilia C. and Concepcion, Diana R.: The Revolution in Negros., Raison D'Etre, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Research Planning and Development Office, Bacolod City, 1998
  2  Sa-onoy, Modesto P.: Negros Occidental History., Today Printers and Publishers, Bacolod City, 1992
  3  Cuesta, Angel Matinez, OAR: History of Negros., Historical Conservation Society, Manila, 1980
  4  Sa-onoy, Modesto P., Parroquia de San Diego, Today Printers and Publishers, Bacolod City, Philippines, pp. 49-50
  5 Foreman, J., 1906, The Philippine Islands, A Political, Geographical, Ethnographical, Social and Commercial History of the Philippine Archipelago, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons
  6 "Zamboanga: The Greatest Republic in History (Part 10): The Uprising in Negros". Zamboanga Today Online. 2005-08-09. Retrieved 2009-10-23.
  7 Jose Paolo Ariola (November 7, 2006). "El cañon de Cinco de Noviembre". SunStar Philippines. Retrieved 2006-11-18.
   8 "Negros Occidental to commemorate Al Cinco de Noviembre". Sun.Star Bacolod. 2006-11-03. Retrieved 2009-10-12.


Information has been drawn from the post : Negros Island History : Why People of Negros Celebrate on Cinco de Noviembre (Nov. 5) of el Talonggo (blog by Lloyd Tronco)

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You've Heard of Heneral Luna, Now Learn About Henerals Araneta and Lacson

Monday, September 21, 2015

Migo Adecer of Starstruck 6 popped in right in time for the last two hours of the 30th Negros Trade Fair.  Migo is Negrense-French, born in Bacolod but raised in Australia.

To vote for Migo, via text, just type:

STARSTRUCK<space>MIGO then send to 4627.
To vote via online, just visit:

Migo Adecer of Starstruck 6 At The Negros Trade Fair

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Association of Negros Producers President, Christina Gaston,
opening the 30th Negros Trade Fair
The Negros Trade Fair is a journey of already 30 years. From the dismal depths of the collapse of the Philippine Sugar Industry in the early 80s, Negros and the Negrenses refused to go out silently into the night. Having a heritage of having the finest things in life, the Negrense also found itself to have the finest character when faced with adversity.

In 1984, “14 Housewives and a Gentleman”  rolled up their collars so as to enable the thousands of economically displaced sugar workers and families  to have an alternative source of income. Having sought training from the then Ministry of Trade and Industry (now the DTI), these intrepid band of Negrenses were able to establish production centers for crafts and foodstuffs produced and indigenous to the people of Negros. Thus, in 1985 the 1st Negros Trade Fair was held.

The 1st Negros Trade Fair was held at the then Makati Car Park. This was graciously offered free of rent by Ms. Bea Zobel. Owing to its advocacy in helping the struggling but persevering people of Negros, even Manila based Negrenses  campaigned  for the success of the trade fair.

But the trade fair also served as quilt for the people of Negros. Each product was a patch that was interwoven with those from others until a quilt of culture and society was crafted. This showed the resiliency of the people of Negros together with highlighting their culture and craftsmanship.

There were many challenges along the way such as globalization, rampant copying of products by competitor countries and the financial shocks of 1997 and 2008. And yet after each challenge, the Negrense managed to adapt, adjust and overcome. Each obstacle and roadblock was met by being more creative and having the ability to reinvent themselves and their products.

Now, the Negros Trade Fair has arrived at 30 years after 1985. A long journey that will continue towards an ever brightening future.


Resilience, Recovery, and Reinvention : The Story of The Negros Trade Fair

One of the favorites at every Negros Trade Fair - Victorias Sardines.  At the Negros Trade Fair, they can be purchased at 3 for PhP100.00.

Victorias Sardines

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Unearthed from the "ba-ul" of yesteryears, an old photo of the Sea Breeze Hotel.  Taken during a time when indeed the waves from the Guimaras strait lapped against the beach alongside San Juan Street.

The Sea Breeze Hotel

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