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.
Ma. Lina Sanogal, festival executive director, said the Panaad was obviously successful and peaceful.
The total sales for the seven-day festivity was P19.5 Million, a decrease of 24.8 percent compared to last year’s nine-day sales of P25.9 million.The total sales for this year is lower because of the shortened number of days, Sanogal said.
“Despite the absence of some of our local chief executives who are busy on the campaign trail, their LGUs still participated in the different festival events and gave top quality performances,” she said.
“Maybe this is because the Panaad fest is already well established and a tradition among the Negrenses, just as the founders envisioned it to be, thus giving credence to this year’s theme: ‘Beyond A Promise...A Legacy’,” she added.
Provincial Tourism Officer and Panaad Secretariat head, CristineMansinares, said thePanaadsa Negros Festival serves as a benchmark for festivals across the country and it represents the tourism offerings, food and culture,of the province among others.
The festival ended with the awarding and presentation of winners at the Panaad Stadium.
Presented were Roxanne Toleco of Talisay City who was crowned Lin-ay sang Negros 2019 together with 1st runner-up Jarizz Borcelas of Sagay City and 2nd runner-up Leila Jules Sarino of Hinoba-an.
Also presented were the winners in the various other competitions.
The first place winners were Sagay City – destination pavilion city category, La Castellana – destination pavilion municipality category, best festival colorful costume (city) - Kabankalan City, best festival indigenous costume (city) – Himamaylan City, best festival colorful costume (municipality) – Ilog, best festival indigenous costume (municipality) - Calatrava, best food security program corner (municipality) – Binalbagan and best food security program corner (city) – Cadiz City.
The champions in the various competitions were Murcia – festival dance, drum and lyre (elementary level) – Bocana Elementary School Drum and Lyre Corps of Ilog, Paindis-indis sa Binalaybay – Murcia, rondalla (open category) – Manapla, Rondalla (elementary category) – Manapla;
Philippine Folk Dances (western category) – Talisay, Philippine Folk Dances (countryside category) – Victorias City, chorale – Bacolod Cathedral Choir, ballroom dance (amateur division) – Sean Kenneth Arenal and Trexie Marie Oller of Bacolod City, ballroom dancing (juvenile division) – John Vinmar Arias and Paola Marie Regalado of Bacolod City, and showdance – Philip Lui Deocadiz and Shandel Revalez.
The Negros Occidental Singing Ambassadors and Bacolod Cathedral Chorale led the singing of the Panaad theme song, Tubo kag Madamo Pa.
Talisay City won the championship in the Panaad Drumbeating Competition held after the closing program.
The last day of Panaad was capped with a fireworks display.*
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