81st NPC induction

The Negros Press Club, on its 81st year, remains steadfast and is growing stronger through the years, Renato Duran, NPC newly-inducted president for 2017-2018, said during the induction and oathtaking ceremony at the SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City, Saturday.

Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino (left) administered the oath of office of the Negros Press Club officers for 2017-2018* Andy Alvarez photo

“This is because of its members, who have done their best to keep this organization live up to its prestige,” added Duran, who urged members to keep the flame alive.

He said running the organization does not solely lie on the shoulders of the president, adding that he wants the new officers to be “a working set” of officials.

Media personalities from Bacolod and Negros Occidental gathered amid their busy schedules to celebrate this significant event of the NPC, the oldest press club in the country.
Themed “Responsible Media: Critical Partner in Nation Building”, the event was attended by NPC past presidents, members, government officials, law enforcers, and other guests.
Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino, Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, delivered a message and administered the oath of office of the new set of officers.

Aside from Duran of dyEZ Aksyon Radyo, also inducted were Babes Gantalao of dyAG Hapi Radio as vice president, Erwin Nicavera of Sun.Star Bacolod - secretary, Shiela May Gelera of The Visayan DAILY STAR - treasurer, and Negros Daily Bulletin’s Eugene Adiong - auditor.

Chrysee Samillano of The Visayan DAILY STAR, Jemlo Victosa – RMN dyHB Bacolod, Glazyl Jane Marie Masculino – Sun.Star Bacolod, Martian Earl Muyco – ABS-CBN Bacolod, Henry James Toga – Negros Daily Bulletin, Aquilino Ciocon – dyAF Radyo Veritas, Elsie Jolingan – Negros Daily Bulletin, Dolly Yasa – The Daily Guardian, and Edgar Lucasan – dyRL Abyan Radyo are the members of the board, together with ex-officio Teresa Ellera of Sun.Star Bacolod Ellera, who turned over the symbolic pen to Duran, described her presidency as a great learning and humbling experience, despite the hardships and difficulties that came her way. She wished Duran the best of everything and told him that she has no doubt that he will be able to effectively and successfully lead the organization towards greater heights.

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, also a past president of NPC, in his message, recalled that his older sister, Ninfa, the DAILY STAR’s editor-in-chief, was the first woman president of a press club in the Philippines.

As an unsolicited suggestion, Leonardia appealed to Duran and the NPC if they can start reaching out to the ASEAN, by way of connecting the club and the media of Bacolod to counterparts in the ASEAN member countries.

ABS-CBN Bacolod reporters Yasmin Pascual-Dormido and Marty Go were the masters of ceremonies.

Welfy Salvador entertained the crowd with songs and a comedy skit performances after the program.*SGG