MERGE BLESSING. A priest blesses the palms of the faithful in front of the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City yesterday to mark the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.* (Andy Alvarez photo)


Angara: Fight for farmers,
help prevent trade deficit
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

Senator Juan Edgardo Angara urged local government officials to fight for the farmers or the trade deficit on importation will widen.

Angara and House Deputy Speaker Pia Cayetano were in Bacolod City on Saturday for the Pasidungog sa Panguma, Pangisda kag Pangkasapatan, at the Panaad Park and Stadium that is one of the highlights of the weeklong 26th Panaad sa Negros Festival that ended yesterday.

The senator said local leaders, in general, should protect their industries and not just agriculture. “We’re getting used to importation. We need to change our approach,” he said. moremoremore


Guv says Panaad a success,
7-day sales hit P19.5 million
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. described the weeklong 26th Panaad sa Negros Festival at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, that ended yesterday as “very successful”.

“The Panaad has become an institution and a sustainable activity that Negrenses look forward to. Almost all of those who joined the festival made a profit,” he said.

He said that, in fact, Salvador Benedicto town intends to continue to sell its products at its pavilion at the park year round. moremoremore

 

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LGU pavilions top Panaad sales
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The local government unit destination pavilions in the 26th Panaad sa Negros Festival at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City remained as top grosser in the seven-day revelry.

As of 5 p.m. yesterday, total sales accumulated from the festivity reached P19.50 million.

The figure comprised the seven-day income from the LGU destination pavilions, eco-garden show, livestock and dairy fair, and food kiosks. Data from the sales of the organic market and food park on the last day were not yet available last night.