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Bacolod flights cancelled, delayed due to airport closure on November 9

Nov 07, 2018 - 5:24 PM

The Bacolod-Silay airport will be closed from 8 am to 12 noon to conduct a full scale emergency exercise in compliance with its aerodrome certification

CLOSED. Bacolod-Silay Airport will be closed on November 9 from 8 am to 12 noon. Photo from CAAP

With rights campaign, Bacolod youth debunk ‘apathetic millennial’ image

Oct 29, 2018 - 11:07 PM

Youth organizations and student councils are coming together to push for the implementation of Bacolod's Students’ Rights and Welfare ordinance

FOR THE STUDENTS. Various student leaders in Bacolod gathered to learn more about students' rights and welfare. Photo courtesy of Winston Daffon

PIA feeds Bacolod journalists interview questions for Bong Go

Oct 27, 2018 - 6:10 PM

The Philippine Information Agency’s support for the activities of a non-government official, especially one running for senator, goes against its stated functions

Journalists slam PNP over door-to-door bid for good coverage

Oct 07, 2018 - 8:14 PM

'Government forces must never harass, intimidate, or attack journalists who are just doing their jobs,' says the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

FOR GOOD COVERAGE. PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde during press conference at Camp Crame on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Police visit newspaper office in Bacolod to ask for favorable coverage

Oct 05, 2018 - 11:24 PM

SunStar Bacolod editor-in-chief Marchel Espina says the visit – directed by the PNP national headquarters – is 'bordering on intimidation'

Bacolod university slammed for showing ‘Justice for Marcos’ videos

Sep 28, 2018 - 2:57 PM

(UPDATED) ‘The pro-martial law videos...[show] that there are those who still get the dictator as their hero,’ says the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos

Bacolod City councilors scuffle in session hall

Sep 13, 2018 - 11:57 AM

Councilors Claudio Puentevella and Dindo Ramos slug it out during a session of the Bacolod City council

FISTFIGHT. A screenshot of Bacolod City Councilor Claudio Puentevella punching fellow councilor Dindo Ramos. Video courtesy of Bacolod City PIO

Senate approves bill setting June 18 as Bacolod Charter Day

Sep 11, 2018 - 11:16 AM

'After 80 years, we will now have our history in proper order,' says Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia

CHANGING HISTORY. Bacolod City officials led by Mayor Evelio Leonardia with some senators on September 10, 2018. Contributed photoÂ

Negros Trade Fair: ‘Bayanihan, the Ilonggo way’

Sep 06, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The longest running trade fair owes its success to Negrense unity

COMMUNITY. Negrenses come together again for the 33rd Negros Trade Fair. From left to right: Joey Gaston (Hacienda Crafts), Banj Claparols (Creative Definitions), Mariel San Agustin (Domesticity), Nena Vargas Tantoco, Ina Gaston (Hacienda Crafts), Merry Ann Colmenares (Artisana Island Crafts), Cata Ereñeta-Manaloto (Ereñeta-Manaloto Chorizo) and Michael Claparols (Creative Definitions). All photos courtesy of Negros Trade Fair

Kadamay members leave gov’t housing site in Bacolod

Sep 01, 2018 - 8:56 AM

Over a thousand informal settlers vacate the site after a dialogue with local executives, housing officials, and police and military representatives

GOING HOME. Informal settlers leave the government housing site in Bacolod City Friday afternoon, August 31. Photo courtesy of Merlinda Pedrosa

Kadamay members camp out at housing site for cops, soldiers

Aug 30, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Informal settlers from different areas in Negros Occidental are looking to occupy the housing units which have remained mostly unoccupied for years

HOUSING WOES. Informal settlers from all over Negros Occidental at a housing site for cops and soldiers at Barangay Felisa, Bacolod City on August 30, 2018. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

Defense lawyer shot dead in Bacolod

Aug 24, 2018 - 3:16 PM

Police say Rafael Atotubo was sitting outside his house when riding-in-tandem gunmen attacked him

‘RETURN TO THE NIGHTMARE’. Some senators have joined human rights groups in expressing concern over the reinstatement of the Philippine National Police in the Duterte administration’s drug war operations. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Bacolod breaks ground on first-ever drug rehab center

Aug 18, 2018 - 3:09 PM

The first drug rehabilitation center of Bacolod will also cater to drug dependents from other localities

Shootout in Bacolod kills 3, injures 3

Aug 11, 2018 - 10:43 PM

The two suspects have just robbed a panel van of a cigarette firm in neighboring Bago City when police chanced upon them at the city boundary

Locator map of Bacolod City, Philippines

Lucio Co invited to invest in Bacolod port

Jul 27, 2018 - 7:16 PM

BREDCO president John Palanca Alonte says the company aims to bring the port to 'the next level' by making it a world-class facility with the help of a strategic investor

BACOLOD SEAPORT TERMINAL. The Bacolod Real Estate Development Corporation had a soft opening of its new seaport terminal worth P360 million on July 25, 2018. Contributed photo

In Bacolod City, teachers stage rally ahead of SONA 2018

Jul 21, 2018 - 3:54 PM

Gualberto Dajao, president of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers-Negros, says they hope their concerns will reach President Rodrigo Duterte

P3M worth of drugs seized in Bacolod

Jul 05, 2018 - 6:31 PM

The City Drug Enforcement Unit in Bacolod arrests high-value target Rayden Palomero, an alleged illegal drug supplier in Negros Occidental

BACOLOD POLICE. Senior Superintendent Francisco Ebreo, the acting director of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO). Photo from the Bacolod City Police Facebook page

ABS-CBN Bacolod sacks more than 20 workers

May 24, 2018 - 10:04 AM

The workers, who are scheduled to leave the company by the end of June, were reportedly informed of their termination on May 22

Photo congratulating 2017 Bar topnotcher ready days before results, says USLS prof

Apr 27, 2018 - 8:53 PM

What made former USLS College of Law dean Ralph Sarmiento believe Mark John Simondo would someday top the Bar? The student's brilliant answer to a 'very complicated problem about the relationship of the bill of rights and the powers of the state'

Mark Simondo of University of St La Salle Bacolod tops 2017 Bar Exams

Apr 26, 2018 - 1:06 PM

(UPDATED) The 2017 Bar Exam topnotcher is Mark Simondo of the University of St La Salle Bacolod with a grade of 91.05%

Photo from @SCPh_PIO

Western Visayas’ Quitoy sets stunning record in Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 17, 2018 - 1:09 PM

News of the overwhelming way Ann Katherine Quitoy smashed the Palaro record in the javelin throw attracts lots of scholarship offers

Ann Katherine Quitoy Photo: Raymon Dullana/Rappler

DOTr rejects Aboitiz's P148-billion bid to upgrade 4 regional airports

Apr 10, 2018 - 8:40 PM

The Department of Transportation turns down the unsolicited proposal of Aboitiz InfraCapital Incorporated and opts for public bidding instead

Aboitiz submits P148-B proposal to modernize 4 regional airports

Mar 07, 2018 - 2:57 PM

(UPDATED) The Aboitiz group submits an unsolicited proposal to modernize, operate, and maintain the Iloilo International Airport, Bacolod-Silay Airport, Laguindingan Airport, and New Bohol International Airport in Panglao for 35 years

Graphics from Aboitiz InfraCapital Corporate Communications

In Bacolod, media oppression, Cha-Cha hit on People Power anniv

Feb 25, 2018 - 1:43 PM

The protesters stress the critical role of the media in the historic 1986 event

NEVER AGAIN. National Union of Journalists of the Philippines national director Nonoy Espina calls on the public to stand with the press during the 32nd commemoration of Edsa People Power revolution in Bacolod City, Saturday. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

Negros Occidental public school teachers demand pay hike

Feb 22, 2018 - 11:04 AM

More than 2,000 teachers in Bacolod City and neighboring areas join the protest rally

TEACHERS' PAY HIKE. Thousands of public teachers in Negros Occidental join the nationwide protest to call on the administration to raise the pay of teachers. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

AFC Cup: Bacolod rekindles its love affair with Ceres Negros

Feb 10, 2018 - 2:32 PM

A day before Valentines, the Busmen take on Boeung Ket of Cambodia in Panaad.

LOVE. Ceres fans send love to the club before they depart for their AFC Cup opening game. Photo from Facebook

Stephen Speaks singer's phone stolen during show in Bacolod

Feb 04, 2018 - 10:45 PM

The phone of singer-songwriter Rockwell Ryan Ripperger is immediately returned after the thief is nabbed

Bacolod courts dispose of 2,900 cases in 2017

Feb 03, 2018 - 5:48 PM

Court records show 2,222 were criminal cases, including illegal drug charges

‘That’s a crime’: Duterte hit for blackmailing media

Feb 02, 2018 - 10:58 PM

‘We should not allow that we will be silenced...because once they succeed, all of us will be silenced,’ NUJP president Noynoy Espina reminds journalists during a #BlackFridayForPressFreedom forum in Bacolod

DEFENDING PRESS FREEDOM. National Union of Journalists of the Philippines national director Nonoy Espina and Negros Press Club president Renato Duran during the 'Roundtable Talk: Defending Press Freedom' at the NPC building in Bacolod City, Friday, February 2. Photo by Marchel P. Espina

Bacolod media, groups join 'Black Friday' call to uphold press freedom

Jan 19, 2018 - 11:06 PM

About 50 attendees call for the government to uphold press freedom, The group also lights candles and stages a noise barrage.

LIGHT IN THE DARK. Members of the press and other organizations light candles to call for press freedom at the Fountain of Justice in Bacolod City Friday, January 19. Photo courtesy of NUJP-Bacolod

AFP won’t tolerate warring clans under martial rule in Mindanao

Jan 06, 2018 - 3:30 PM

ARMM Assemblyman Zia Alonto Adiong says clan disputes must be resolved to maintain peace and stability under martial law in Mindanao

WARRING FAMILIES. The military recovers 4 rifles after the Amanodin and Dipatuan clans exchanged gunfire on January 5, 2017. Photo from AFP

LOOK: New Araneta-Magsaysay flyover in Bacolod

Dec 19, 2017 - 4:35 PM

The P32-million flyover is located at the busy intersection of Araneta Avenue and Magsaysay Avenue which caters to about 40,000 vehicles daily

PFL holds inaugural finals series in Pana-ad Stadium

Dec 11, 2017 - 8:28 PM

The PFL finalizes the venue of the Global Cebu vs Ceres-Negros finals match

FINALS. Bienvenido Marañon in his second leg match against Kaya. File photo by Ceres Media

Mouthwatering PFL Final Four kicks off this weekend

Nov 30, 2017 - 4:27 PM

It's still anyone's title as Ceres, Kaya, Meralco and Global collide in two sizzling matchups

Ashley Flores of Meralco fires a shot past Global's Wesley Dos Santos. Image by Bob Guerrero

3 children die in Bacolod fire

Nov 24, 2017 - 11:23 AM

The siblings, aged 2 to 4 years old, were alone in their home when the fire broke out, authorities say

BACOLOD FIRE. A fire in a private residence in Bacolod City kills 3 siblings aged 2 to 4 years old, on November 23, 2017. Photo courtesy of Frances Doren Balboa of Bombo Radyo Bacolod

DOTr boasts of PH airports' 'punctuality' in global poll – but poll says otherwise

Nov 19, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The 8 Philippine airports the DOTr bragged of getting a rating for punctuality are actually among the bottom 35 of almost 500 major airports worldwide

REANGLED? The Department of Transportation in a news release proudly claims that Philippine airports were awarded a star on punctuality. Rappler file photo

Angry protesters greet Duterte's Bacolod visit

Oct 23, 2017 - 9:59 AM

The protesters assail Duterte for his failed campaign promises, and are calling on the President to address issues like unemployment and wage increases

ANGER. Some members of the militant groups from Negros Occidental hold a protest hours before President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to arrive in Bacolod City, October 22, 2017. Photo courtesy Glazyl Y. Masculino

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Sep 28, 2017 - 8:04 PM

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PH military conducts air strikes outside Marawi

Sep 28, 2017 - 1:50 PM

Unidentified armed men with boats are reportedly camping on Balt Island in Lanao Lake

NBI raids house of Bacolod cop, seizes firearms, drugs

Sep 23, 2017 - 3:55 PM

SPO1 Joshua Barile claims the confiscated firearms were evidence from police raids, while the packets of suspected shabu were allegedly planted

Locator map of Bacolod City, Philippines

Heavy rain triggers floods in Bacolod

Sep 22, 2017 - 11:27 PM

(UPDATED) Mayor Evelio Leonardia says the heavy downpour since Friday afternoon have caused waist-high floods in some barangays

HEAVY RAIN. Bacolod experiences some flooding caused by heavy rain on Friday, September 22, 2017. Photo by Charles Hilado from Facebook.

Bacolod diocese to ring church bells for 40 days

Sep 22, 2017 - 8:18 AM

Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon says the ringing of church bells is a 'revival of a century-old practice for the departed. Now it becomes even more meaningful, in the context of extrajudicial killings.'

PRAYER RALLY. The Diocese of Bacolod led by Bishop Patricio Buzon holds prayer rally Thursday night, September 21, at the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City to mark the 45th anniversary of martial law. All photos by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

AFC Asian Cup: Azkals take on Yemen minus key players

Aug 28, 2017 - 8:32 PM

Get to know who will represent the Philippines in the AFC Cup set Sept 5 in Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City

Retain Negros Island regional offices, local execs urge Malacañang

Aug 12, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Under the NIR 14 regional offices are housed in Bacolod City Negros Occidental while 16 others are in Dumaguete City Negros Oriental

2-year-old boy, 6 others rescued from Bacolod cybersex den

Jul 14, 2017 - 2:38 PM

The victims include the children nieces and neighbors of the alleged operator of the cybersex den

Locator map of Bacolod City

Career confidential: The best places to work in PH

Jul 03, 2017 - 4:50 PM

Where else can you build your career aside from Manila?

Ex-Bacolod lawmaker indicted for graft over P21.56-M SEA Games fund

Jun 27, 2017 - 10:08 AM

The Ombudsman says the unliquidated SEA Games fund was deposited to the personal account of then Bacolod Representative Monico Puentevella in 2005

MONICO PUENTEVELLA. Photo from Monico Puentevella's Facebook page.

Martial Law, Marawi attack, Donald Trump and Pope Francis | Evening wRap

May 24, 2017 - 10:17 PM

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5 regional airports removed from PPP pipeline

May 23, 2017 - 3:50 PM

UPDATED It is back to zero for the development of 5 small airports in Bacolod Davao Iloilo Laguindingan and Bohol A prospective bidder feels embarrassed and dismayed over what has happened

TERMINATED. The development, operations, and maintenance of New Bacolod-Silay Airport was supposed to be auctioned off via the public-private partnership scheme. Image from www.wikipedia.org

Bacolod bishop strips school of Catholic status

May 13, 2017 - 4:24 PM

School officials say they will raise the issue before the Vatican as the act of Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon was unbecoming of a bishop

PROPERTY DISPUTE. The iconic Queen of Peace Parish Church is located within the premises of St John's Institute in Bacolod City. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler