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Bacolod nurse helps deliver baby on international flight

Jul 11, 2019 - 8:21 AM

‘Many people think that what I did was a heroic act. But I only did what a nurse should do when they are in a situation like this,’ says the 25-year-old Francis Dominic Mendoza

Francis Dominic Mendoza of Bacolod City delivers a baby boy while aboard an international flight./Photo courtesy of Francis Mendoza

IN PHOTOS: LGBTQ+ community, allies hold Pride parade in Bacolod City

Jun 24, 2019 - 10:51 PM

Organizers say that the Pride parade in Bacolod City serves as a mourning, a protest, and a celebration

PRIDE MARCH. LGBTQ+ youth and allies form the frontlines of the parade. Photo by Jorge Gamboa

IN PHOTOS: Filipino youth rally for climate justice

May 25, 2019 - 5:41 PM

Advocates in 15 cities across the Philippines demand urgent action to solve the climate crisis

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. Young activists call for environmental protection and preservation in the youth strike for climate movement on Friday, May 24 at the Mendiola Peace Arch in Metro Manila. Photo by Cherline Trajano.

Bacolod youth coalition heeds global call to strike for climate justice on May 24

May 23, 2019 - 4:33 PM

Istorya Klima, an interactive community event at the Bacolod Public Plaza, aims to start conversations in compelling and innovative ways through art, music, and storytelling

Graphic from Youth for Climate Hope

Grupo Progreso wins big in Bacolod City

May 17, 2019 - 1:38 PM

The official proclamation is delayed as defective secure device (SD) cards from 4 clustered precincts halted the counting of votes

REELECTION. The City Board of Canvassers officially proclaims incumbent Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia. Photo from Evelio "Bing" Leonardia Facebook page

Top drug suspect in Western Visayas killed in buy-bust

Apr 28, 2019 - 6:00 PM

High-value target Leoner Jalandoon of Barangay Banago, Bacolod City, is killed after allegedly resisting arrest during a buy-bust operation

Bacolod police arrest couple, seize P9.66 million worth of shabu

Apr 06, 2019 - 3:13 PM

Authorities recover 275 sachets of suspected shabu weighing 1.38 kilos

BIG HAUL. Authorities recover P9.66 million worth of drugs in a buy-bust operation in Bacolod City on April 5, 2019. Photo courtesy of RDEU-6

IYAS La Salle National Writers' Workshop announces fellows for 2019

Mar 30, 2019 - 4:37 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The workshop will be held from March 31 to April 6, at the Balay Kalinungan Complex of the University of St La Salle, Bacolod City

Duterte calls out ex-Bacolod mayor for distorting his speeches

Mar 21, 2019 - 3:23 PM

The President says he did not name the incumbent Bacolod City mayor to as a drug protector

SPLICED. Combo photos of President Rodrigo Duterte and former Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentebella.

Roxas shares same anecdote on vendors' plight in Bacolod sorties

Mar 14, 2019 - 10:35 AM

Mar Roxas shares stories of vendors burdened by rising expenses to push for the repeal of the excise tax on fuel

'MR PALENGKE'. Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Mar Roxas with vendors and customers during his market visit to Bacolod City on March 13, 2019. Photo from the Facebook page of Mar Roxas

Otso Diretso bets dismiss 'falling out' claims

Mar 13, 2019 - 6:23 PM

(UPDATED) Former interior secretary Mar Roxas and Senator Bam Aquino say they have no time to get sidetracked by 'counterproductive intrigues' as they work hard to improve the opposition slate's chances in the May elections

ROXAS IN BACOLOD. Opposition senatorial bet Mar Roxas meets with the various sectors at a village gym in Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City, on March 13, 2019. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Grace Poe in Bacolod: Better to vote for mixed slate

Mar 12, 2019 - 6:29 PM

The reelectionist senator, who is running as an independent, says it 'would really be for the advantage of everyone' if lawmakers come from different parties and persuasions

INDEPENDENT. Grace Poe, who visits Burgos market in Bacolod, says being party-less allows her more flexibility in her campaign schedule. Photo courtesy of Team Grace Poe

Governor declares Negros Occidental coal-free

Mar 07, 2019 - 8:53 AM

Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Marañon Jr signs EO declaring that only clean and renewable sources of energy will be allowed in their province

Some of the students who joined the "Youth Strike for Negros on Wednesday, March 6./Contributed Photo

Bacolod bishop urges speedy resolution of businessman's slay

Feb 21, 2019 - 12:13 PM

Bishop Patricio Buzon of the Diocese of Bacolod says the killing of businessman Alex Yao 'has no place in our Christian communities, more so, in our society that upholds the principles of law and order'

SCENE OF THE CRIME off. Police cordon the area outside the Redemptorist Churchin Bacolod City where businessman Alex Yao and his wife were attacked on February 19, 2019. Contributed photo

Businessman shot dead outside Bacolod church

Feb 20, 2019 - 10:00 AM

(UPDATED) Unknown gunmen kill Bacolod businessman Alex Yao and injure his wife Ma. Teresa

Bacolod cop shot dead in broad daylight

Jan 26, 2019 - 5:44 PM

'There are derogatory reports about him on illegal drugs but we're still validating it,' says the investigator

SHOT DEAD.  Senior Police Officer 4 Oscar Exaltado of Bacolod Police Station 6 is shot dead by two unidentified assailants 8am of January 26, 2019.

What made Duterte suspect Bacolod top cop Ebreo of drug links?

Jan 17, 2019 - 10:18 AM

President Duterte claims Senior Superintendent Francisco Ebreo demonstrated 'strange behavior' that indicated he was at the very least a 'protector cop'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interviews one of the witnesses of the Batocabe Murder Case along with Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde, at the sidelines of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on January 15, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte fires Bacolod police chief over alleged drug links

Jan 13, 2019 - 9:34 AM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte dismisses 4 other policemen for their alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay program held at the Patio Milagros Minitel and Resort in Dimasalang, Masbate on January 9, 2019. Malacañang photo

Call for applications: 19th IYAS La Salle national writers’ workshop

Jan 11, 2019 - 4:31 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The workshop fellowship screening committee accepts creative work in Hiligaynon, Cebuano, Kinaray-a, Filipino, and English

Bacolod City councilor and his wife survive ambush

Dec 14, 2018 - 9:49 PM

(UPDATED) Unidentified gunmen waylay Councilor Ricardo Tan and his wife Nenita

The car of Bacolod City Councilor Ricardo Tan was peppered with bullets by unidentified men./Photo courtesy of ABS-CBN Bacolod

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