SU, partners to build Business Incubation Facility in Sibulan

By Roi Lomotan


SU officials and their partners during the groundbreaking ceremony of the  SU Business Incubation Facility in Barangay San Antonio, Sibulan town on May 22, 2019. (Photo from SU-OIP)


Silliman University (SU) officials led by its President Dr. Betty McCann together with its partners, business couple Lawyer Edilberto Bravo and Dr. Felina Bravo, officiated the groundbreaking ceremony of SU Business Incubation Facility in Sibulan town last May 22, 2019.

The said facility will cover 1.5 hectares of land and will be built inside the Fel & Bert Bravo Technopreneur Park in Barangay San Antonio.

SU – Officer of Information and Publications Director Madeleine Quiamco said the facility will offer services to foster technological innovation and entrepreneurial talent, as well as develop innovative products and services that will contribute to economic growth and progress in the country.

Aside from donating a track of land inside their technopreneur park, the Bravos have also committed to donate P100 million for the construction of a business incubation facility.

Dr. McCann expressed her gratitude to their partners for engaging with them in this endeavor noting that the event is a confluence of forces.

“Silliman can’t do it all alone; we need the network of Dr. Fel, the resources of Atty. Bert. So that together, we can do more,” Dr. McCann remarked.

Through this endeavor, SU and the Braves hope to contribute more to the country’s economic development.

““There can be no better investment that we could make for the youth than education,” Atty. Bravo told the attendees of the ceremony.

“I come from a family of teachers; my wife, too, comes from a family of teachers,” he added stressing his belief in education.

Other SU officials present during the groundbreaking ceremony were Vice President for Development Prof. Jane Annette Belarmino, former SU president Dr. Ben Malayang III, Prof. Janice Antoniette Forster, and SU Church pastor Rev. Dr. Noriel Capulong.

Some members of the Bravo and Aldecoa families and others involved in the project also attended the event.


NegOr Catholic radio station goes on air with Teleradyo channel

By Roi Lomotan



DYWC Radyo Bandilyo Station Manager Ramonito Maata (left) announces the official launching of DYWC Teleradyo in a press conference held on March 31, 2019, at the Marian Priests’ Center, Cathedral Compound, Dumaguete City. He is joined by (l-r) Bishop Julito Cortes of Dumaguete, Cebu Catholic Television Network President Nonito Limchua, and Fil-Products Cable TV Manager Duane Casia. (PIA/Negros Oriental) 


Catholic Radio Station DWYC -Radyo Bandilyo, beefs up its broadcasting capabilities as it launched its Teleradyo channel at Fil-Products Cable TV.

The DYWC Teleradyo channel officially went on air last April 1 and Oriental Negrenses can now watch DYWC news and public affairs programs at channel 91 for digital cable subscribers and channel 51 for analog cable subscribers.

This project is carried out in partnership with Fil-Products Cable, a local cable TV provider in Negros Oriental and Cebu Catholic Television Network (CCTN).

DYWC Station Manager Fr.  Ramonito Maata disclosed this endeavor is part of their strategies to expand their audience reach noting that they are maximizing other platforms such as web and social media for news and information dissemination.

“Our recent endeavor to expand more our listenership is a collaborative effort to adapt to technological ecology where the radio is not just heard but watch[ed] as well,” Fr. Maata elaborated.

“At this point in time, DWYC 801 is now broadcasting in six media platforms. One is the DYWC 801 kHz AM Band, second is DYWC Happy FM 104.7 in Basay, we have audio streaming at, and we have Facebook (FB) live, we have Youtube also and the latest is DYWC Teleradyo,”  Fr. Maata added.

With this development, DYWC reporters are required to deliver news with accompanying photos or videos for better appreciation of viewers.

The DYWC news and public affairs shows are aired at the teleradyo channel include Bandilyo Arangkada, Sparring Partners, Bandilyo Afternoon Delight, and RMN News Nationwide,

There also church-based shows and variety shows aired daily in the evening.

Aside from this, DYWC has also started broadcasting live episodes of the Candidates’ Forum organized by the  Diocesan Electoral Board (DEB) of the Diocese of Dumaguete.

This series of candidates’ forum provides an avenue for individuals vying for local electoral positions to present their platforms of government, proposed measures, and advocacies before the public.

DYWC is the official radio partner of the DEB in this activity.

Dumaguete Bishop Julito Cortes commended this initiative stressing that this endeavor will help the Catholic Church in its mission to spread the word of Christ through social communications.

“I affirm this laudable project. The social communications opportunity of the diocese has opened up not only limited to DYWC radio. Dili lang radyo but teleradyo (it’s not only radio but teleradyo),” Bishop Cortes said.Fr. Maata affirmed the station’s commitment to doing evangelization work being a Catholic radio station.

The DYWC station manager also noted that the letters “W” and “C” in their call sign stands for “Word of Christ” and the teleradyo channel is also intended for evangelization.

“We are gearing towards responding to the challenge of St. John Paull II in his message on the 35th World Communications Day and I quote: “Preach the gospel from the house stops,”’ Fr. Maata said.

Dumaguete City to hold post-Valentine mass wedding

By Jennifer C. Tilos

Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo has scheduled a “Kasalang Bayan” on February 15, 2019 at the City Quadrangle for couples to finally formalize union especilly those who have been living together outside marriage and whose unions are not legitimized yet.

This is the second mass wedding to be solemnized by Mayor Remollo after the first one was held last year at Pantawan sa Boulevard that involved 73 couples of various ages and nationalities.

It was the first mass wedding in the city in 17 years.

And like in the previous mass wedding, some generous sponsors will provide each pair their rings while the cakes were given by Councilor Lilani Ramon for free.

To join the free mass wedding, the Office of the Local Civil Registrar has called upon the interested live-in couples and others who are not living in cohabitation including foreigners and residents outside of Dumaguete to submit all documents on or before February 8 for cohabiting parties and January 25 for non-cohabiting parties.

Among the documents required for live-in couples are: birth certificates; certificate of no marriage to be obtained from the Philippine Statistics Authority at P 210.00 fee; affidavit of cohabitation to be obtained from the Public Attorney’s Office for free and marriage certificate with a processing fee of P 300.00 at the Local Civil Registrar’s Office.

For non-cohabiting parties: birth certificates; advice of parents for persons aging 21-24 years old; consent of parents for persons aging 18-20 years old; valid identification cards; pre-marriage and family planning seminar at the POPCOM Office, registration fee P 100.00 and marriage license with P300.00 processing fee.

For foreigners: valid identification card of the contracting parties; certificate of legal capacity to be obtained from the Embassy of country of origin based in the Philippines; if widowed or widower, death certificate of the spouse; if divorced, original copy of Divorce decree; Certificate of no Marriage; couple’s pre-marriage and family planning seminar and processing fee for marriage license at P 300.00.