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Sugarcane Juice for Health and Energy

Posted by Andrea Lizares Si on November 26, 2010 at 8:44 AM Comments comments (4)

One of the treats that my Chinese husband looks forward to when we're anywhere near Ongpin is a refreshing ice-cold glass of sugarcane juice. Freshly squeezed cane juice is a very popular drink in India, China, Southeast Asia, Central and South America, and other places where sugarcane is grown. Fresh cane juice is even available in Great Britain, which doesn't produce sugarcane at all. Given this healthy juice's demand in other countries, it is sad that most Negrenses have not tried sugarcan...

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The Negrense Planter: Sinner or Saint, Hero or Rogue

Posted by Andrea Lizares Si on September 27, 2010 at 3:51 AM Comments comments (8)


Collect a list of adjectives to describe Negrense Planters as they are often featured and "decadent" would have top-billing. Decadent - marked by or providing unrestrained gratification; self-indulgent; c...

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Perks of Being a Lizares Granddaughter

Posted by Andrea Lizares Si on September 1, 2010 at 3:42 AM Comments comments (0)

Many things about our lives, we take for granted and yet every life is unique. This in mind, I have ventured to write about the things which I thought nothing about but which, on hindsight, I know were possible only because I was the granddaughter of Dr. Antonio Lizares, a Centralista (family owned sugar centrals), civic leader, educator (founder of the University of Negros Occidental), one-time governor of the province, generous benefactor of the Church and the community, and not t...

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The Lizareses of Negros

Posted by Site Owner on August 18, 2010 at 11:58 AM Comments comments (22)

The Lizareses are a laid-back clan but the family's modesty (at least by Negrense standards) is by no means an indication of how the family's wealth compares to others. The Lizareses just seem to have been bred to like their meat and most everything else, sliced in thin, bite-sized slices while the Lacsons, our well known hometown political rivals, are more profligate in their ways and for their meat, are said to have a preference for thick slabs of steak. My guess is that the family's style ...

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The Alunans-Capitana Dicang

Posted by Site Owner on August 18, 2010 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

While many great haciendas was being founded in the different townsof Negros in 1850, Capitan Bartolome Alunan, married to Dona AgataLabayen, was already a prominenet haciendero of Talisay (Minuluan). This marriage bore ten children, an ordinary average of offspring today asit was then in a province so rich, it lands its own fecundiy to its women. Of these, only four were male; the rest were female. One of the males was Raymundo, father of Rafael Alunan I, one of the most distinguished sugar ...

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