Bigger participation in Sinadya sa Halaran
ROXAS City – All the activities featured for this year’s Sinadya sa Halaran have a common aim — to draw a bigger participation from the people, according to Provincial Tourism Officer Alphonsus Tesoro.

Tesoro said the activities include Sinadya sa Kalye, Pasundayag sang mga Higante , Pasundayag Capiznon, Mutya sang Sinadya sa Halaran, motorcade in the celebration of the Centennial of the Roxas City Bridge and various sports events.

“We’re referring not only in terms of physical participation in the street dancing and merrymaking, but the internalization of the whole activity, particularly those that promote the province’s culture – its folklore, music, dances as well as distinct cultural practices and traditions,” Tesoro explained.

The festival activities are improving every year in terms of aesthetics, he noted.

Also, there will be a big change in the LGU (local government unit) Night.

Organizers decided to do away with formalities.

This year’s LGU Night set on December 6 at the Capiz Gym will be an all-night party, giving more meaning to the word “fellowship.”

One can dance all night in the food-and-wine celebration.

Sinadya sa Halaran is a fusion of two festivals — the Sinadya and the Halaran.

Sinadya , launched in 1988, is the merrymaking aspect of the Roxas City fiesta every December 8 that coincides with the Feast Day of the Our Lady of Immaculate Conception.

Halaran, on the other hand, was first held in 1975 as Capiz’s yearly mardi gras.

The festival recalls the landing of the 10 Bornean datus in, and the subsequent purchase of, Panay Island.

Capiz officials, however, decided to jointly hold the two festivals to save on costs and promote the sense of oneness among Capiceños.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “Pag-ambitanay, Pagkinalipay, Pagpasalamat.”/PN



30 doctors attend REDCOP confab
ROXAS City – Some 30 doctors from Capiz and Aklan provinces attended the one-day seminar on urinalysis here sponsored by the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) through its Renal Disease and Control Program (REDCOP).

Most of the participants were municipal health officers, chiefs of hospitals and medical technologists.

Municipal Health Officer Dr. Ana Mae Belasoto of Dumalag, Capiz said maximizing the utility of a basic tool for diagnosis and prevention of kidney diseases is a very useful.

They were guided accordingly, especially on the impression and diagnosis of renal diseases as spelled out in the 10 renal syndrome, Belasoto said.

Other doctors also stressed that due to intensive lectures and inputs, reported cases of urinary tract infection (UTI) as diagnosed in their respective areas will be lessened.

Dr. Arlene S. Muñoz, REDCOP Philippine Renal Disease Registry central medical coordinator, said UTI should be the last to be considered in the diagnosis of patient presenting some of the symptoms.

On the other hand, Capiz Provincial Health Medical Technologist Leo Biclar requested the REDCOP to conduct a refresher course for medical technologists to further improve their capability, particularly in handling laboratory activities on urinalysis.

The basic anatomy urinalysis as well as urinalysis and the 10 clinical syndrome in nephrology were discussed by NKTI Adult Nephrology Consultant Dr. Marie Angeline Ledesma-Gumba, while Muñoz discussed the approach to the diagnosis of kidney diseases.

The REDCOP team from Manila was also composed of Angel Catindig of the Philippine Information Agency-Central Office, Medical Technologist Minda Quitoriano and Ms. Laura Borjal of the REDCOP-NKTI. (Jemin B. Guillermo/PIA/PN