Bread & Butter Pandan opens new store


BREAD & Butter in Pandan, Antique finally opened its new store located now at the Mabuhay Building beside the Pandan Public Market.

During the grand opening, the streets of Pandan town proper was filled with people as they welcomed Baker Betty, the mascot of Bread & Butter, as she paraded with the caravan. The store was overflowing with people. Special discounted promo packs were offered to the people who came as far as Libertad and Sibalom as they lined up to buy their favorite breads from the Bread & Butter store.

The formal opening was held on March 19. The ceremonial ribbon-cutting was led by franchisee Mrs. Francisca Carmelita Sanchez, Mrs. Gilda E. Sanchez, Mrs. Aiza Manaay-dela Cruz and Franchise Manager Bernadith S. Iremedio of Bakers Dream Franchise Corporation. The store was blessed by Rev. Father Rafael R. Gillera. The store opening was attended by the family and friends of the franchisee, and the locals of Pandan, Antique who were very eager to welcome the brand that they have come to love.

Bread & Butter continues to delight people with its delicious, quality and affordable bakery products.

Watch out for the opening of Bread&Butter Branch 2 in Passi City along F. Palmares St. /PN


Panaad folk dance winners awarded


BACOLOD City- In line with the 21st Panaad sa Negros Festival held at the Panaad Stadium here, Talisay City still holds the title as champion in the rural category during the Philippine folk dances competition on April 2.

The delegates from Talisay City danced the “Surtido”. They also won the Best in Costume, Best Staging and Best Trainer awards in the respective categories.

Representatives from Cadiz City also bagged the first place and all the special awards—best in costume, staging and trainer-- in the Maria Clara category as they danced “Bayluhan”.

Following Talisay City was the municipality of Murcia and the City of Bacolod as they danced “Pamiparamag” and “Regoniza” respectively.

The municipality of Binalbagan got the second spot while Escalante City placed third in the Maria Clara category.

Talisay City received P25, 000, second placer received P20, 000, third placer received P15, 000, and consolation prizes to San Carlos City and municipalities of La Castellana, Hinigaran, Manapla and Toboso of P5, 000 each for the rural category.

Cadiz City got P30, 000 cash prize while Binalbagan received P25, 000 and P20, 000 for Escalante City. A consolation prize of P5, 000 each goes to the cities of Sagay, Himamaylan, Kabankalan, La Carlota and Bago in the Maria Clara category.

Special awards in both categories got P5, 000 cash prize each.

This event that aimed to develop and enhance awareness and interest about country’s folk dances was participated in by 27 cities and towns of Negros Occidental.

The event was spearheaded by the Provincial Planning and Development Office, Administrative Division of the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental. (Capitol News)/PN


‘Register helps by December’


The Pag-IBIG Fund has issued a reminder to employers of kasambahays (household workers) to have them registered as members of Pag-IBIG Fund by December 29 of this year.

“We want all Filipino workers, including kasambahays, to experience the many benefits of Pag-IBIG membership.  That’s why we have been stepping up our efforts to have kasambahays registered with Pag-IBIG and to make such registration as easy and as hassle-free as possible,” said Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, Pag-IBIG Fund chairman of the Board.

“To give enough time for employers to register their kasambahays, the Pag-IBIG Fund Board of Trustees extended the registration period up to the last working day of 2014.  Beyond this date, employers will already be penalized for registering their kasambahays late,” he added.

Darlene Marie B. Berberabe, Pag-IBIG Fund president and chief executive officer, also said, “Upon registration, employers will be asked to remit the monthly membership contributions of their kasambahay from the first month after the date of employment of the latter, or June 4, 2013 when the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the “Kasambahay Law” took effect, whichever comes later, up to the actual date of settlement.  We encourage employers to register their kasambahays before the deadline to avoid penalties on the amount due.”

In December 2013, Pag-IBIG formally launched the Kasambahay Unified Registration System (KURS), a unified system of registering kasambahays and their employers with the three government agencies, as mandated in the “Kasambahay Law.” KURS was launched in partnership with Social Security System and PhilHealth.
Registering with one agency now enables the kasambahays and their employers to be registered simultaneously in all three agencies, thereby eliminating the need to go to each of these agencies to register.

The forms required for registration of employers and their kasambahays are downloadable from Pag-IBIG’s corporate
“As of January 2014, Pag-IBIG has 22,723 kasambahays among its 13.5 million members.  Their Pag-IBIG membership entitles them to benefits such as access to our housing loan and short-term loan programs, as well as to Pag-IBIG’s savings programs,” shared Berberabe.
Employers paying their kasambahays less than P1,500 a month should pay for their kasambahays’  monthly membership contributions to Pag-IBIG which is equivalent to three percent of the kasambahays’ salary.  Employers paying P1,500 to P4,999, meanwhile, should pay four percent of their helpers’ salary.

Kasambahays earning less than P5,000 do not have to pay any contributions with Pag-IBIG because their employers will shoulder their membership contributions. Kasambahays earning at least P5,000 should pay  two percent employee or personal share, or P100.  Their employers should also pay two percent employer share, or P100./PN


Pizza Pedrico’s Gets Cheezier for Lent


Meatless pizzas will never taste as good as Pizza Pedrico’s when it piles on the cheese for its Lenten Paboritos.

Definitely 100 percent cheesier are scrumptious flavours Cheez and Cheez, and Garlic Mushroom Melt.

Grab one, two or four-in-a-box of this quick and easy favorite on the way to work, on the way home, or just for munching down the road.

These Pizza Pedrico’s flavors are sold as whole pizzas – with solo pizzas at P42 each, and four-in-a-box at P160.

Pizza Pedrico’s is available in over 100 carts and kiosks in major malls, terminals and schools, and in more than 700 serving stations in convenience stores nationwide.

For more details and franchise inquiries, contact Pizza Pedrico’s at (02) 411.9444 or (0925) 511.9444 or log on to


Children without a face (Part 1)

By Dr. Joseph D. Lim (The Dentist Is In)

When he first heard the name, Dr. Bertrand Piccard did not know what it was. Then it was described, and he could not believe it.

“When we see the devastation of the disease with our own eyes, we will never be the same again,” says Dr. Piccard, president of the Winds of Hope Foundation. 
“Noma is a disease that not only leaves indelible scars on the faces of its very young victims but also on the soul of those who witness it: the shame of not knowing about it sooner, the horror of its happening in the 21st century, the incomprehension of so little involvement by humanitarian organizations.”

Noma is a deadly opportunistic infection affecting 500,000 people each year, according to the World Health Organization. The United Nations health agency estimates there are 140,000 new cases every year. Nine out of 10 of these cases end up in death.

There is no noma case in the Philippines. We dwell on the disease because of its horrifying consequences and, as Dr. Piccard puts it, “the incomprehension” that nobody seems to be doing enough to prevent the disease from scarring children.

And while there is no noma case in our country, it can strike any country any time.    
The sad fact is that noma affects children under the age of 12 in the poorest countries. It is especially sad because it is an ancient disease traced to the age of Hippocrates and Galen; and yet, amid modern medical science, children between the ages of two and six are affected by the deadly scourge.

It shouldn’t be the case. Since the 20th century (except during World War II when it spread in German concentration camps), noma  has been virtually eradicated in Europe and the United States simply by improving nutrition, hygiene and treating noma patients with antibiotics.

Noma seems to have no links to any specific bacterium or virus. What is evident is that malnutrition, especially inadequate A- and B-vitamins; dehydration; unsafe drinking water and poor poor hygiene; nearness to livestock farms; recent illness; diseases (including AIDS) that compromise the immune system; and ignorance – one or all of the above may cause noma.
It begins with gingivitis, a gum infection. The disease worsens fast, causing the mucous membranes of the mouth to develop ulcers in the cheek. In just a few days, tissue degeneration quickly follows and affects the bones in the face. (A variation, noma pulendi, causes tissue damage to the genitals.)

The condition then becomes irreversible due to a weakened immune system that defends the body from infections. It need not happen. In the short span of a few days, common antibiotics would have halted the progression of the disease. 
“But no one knew,” Dr. Piccard says. “The child is now condemned to see a gangrenous infection ravage his face, destroying soft and hard tissue, and present to the so-called civilized world, the true face of misery: hideous, revolting, unacceptable.

“20 percent of the victims survive, but with terrible suffering: gaping holes in the face, scars that restrict jaw movement and prevent normal feeding, breathing problems, social rejection due to repulsive disfigurement.”

Noma causes physical damage in facial functions such as eating, speaking and smiling; in some cases, the damage may be permanent that it requires plastic surgery; even then, reconstruction is a complicated procedure even for experienced dental surgeons.

Reconstruction takes a long time, conducted about a year from initial treatment and when the patient is fully recovered.
“Children without a face. Did you know they existed?” asks Dr. Piccard./PN

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