CARLA P. GOMEZ For the first time in the 24-year history of the Panaadsa Negros Festival, one Negros Occidental town is not joining any of its activities this year, Ma. LinaSanogal, MassKara Festival executive director and action officer, said yesterday.
MoisesPadilla town,headed by MayorMagdaleno Peña, has not signed up to join any of the festivities set at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, April 22 to 30, she said.
We were also informed that MoisesPadilla will also not open its pavilion at the festival site to showcase the town's goods, Sanogal said.
She said they do not know why Moises Padilla is not joining.
A source close to Peña said the mayor decided not to join the Panaad as a cost-saving measure, he would rather channel Moises Padilla's limited resources towards road repair and services.
Sanogal said La Carlota City is not joining any of the festival competitions since the Panaad falls on the same dates as its Pasalamat Festival, but will open its pavilion at the park to guests.
Sanogal said she did not want to speculate on why Moises Padilla' town is not joining the Panaad when pressed by the media for an answer, amid insinuations that it could be politically motivated since Peña has been an outspoken critic of the governor.
Sanogal said they would have to review the deed of usufruct on the provincial government allocation of property for the Moises Padilla pavilion at the Panaad Park. Spaces were allotted to the various LGUs to build pavilions that they have to open to the public during the PanaadFestival, she said.
She said even at the height of election season LGUs in the past did not boycott the Panaadirregardless of their political affiliations.
Participating in the festival would give Moises Padilla, that is one of the poorer muncipalities, a chance to showcase its goods to help boost its economy, Sanogal said.
The provincial government also provides about P170,000 to each LGU that participates in at least 5 events at the Panaad, Sanogal said.
Meanwhile, Sanogal said the newest addition to thePanaad Festival is the opening of the Bamboo Village, a Bamboo Technology Innovation Center.
The Bamboo Village, the theme of which is “Exploring the Economic Potentials of Bamboo,” will showcase the different kinds of bamboo and exhibit LGU products and handicrafts made by local processors, and promote the bamboo's potential for investment, Sanogal said.
Among the guests expected at the Panaad are participants of the various national conventions being held in the city, a delegation for Negros Occidental's sister province, Pampanga, and media representatives from
Twenty20 towns and cities confirmed their participation in the Best of Festival Dances Competition Saturday, right after the opening program at 4 p.m. at the Panaad Park and Stadium, Bacolod City.
Leading the entries is the two-time successive champion, the Tinabuay Festival of Murcia town. Last year's 2 nd runner-up, the Sinigayan Festival of Sagay City is still in the pack together with one of the most anticipated festival dances, the Bailes de Luces of La Castellana.
Other crowd-drawer festivals on the list are Bago City's Babaylan, Cadiz City's Dinagsa, Escalante City's Manlambus, Himamaylan City's Himayaan, Kabankalan City's Udyakan, Talisay City's Minulu-an and Victorias City's Kadalag-an, and San Carlos City's Pintaflores.
From the south, the towns that will be girding up for the top slots are Sipalay City's Pasaway, Hinobaan'sPagbanaag, Cauayan'sLubay-lubay, Candoni'sPadagyawsaTablas, Ilog's Kisi-Kisi, San Enrique's Bulang-bulang and Valladolid's Pasundayag; joining theme are Salvador Benedicto's Kali-Kalihan and Manapla'sManang Pula.
Bacolod City's world-renowned Masskara Festival will have its guest performance during the competition.
The Best of Festival Dances Competition will be followed by the Fireworks Display, GMA Kapuso Show and RMN's Hip Hop Challenge 2017.
Other activities on the opening day include A Thanksgiving Mass at 8 a.m., Lechon Parade and Ribbon-cutting Ceremonies for Panaad Tourism, Agri-Trade Fair, Bamboo Village and Exhibits, Organic Village, Livestock and Dairy Fair, and Eco-Garden Show.*CPG
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