THE Province of Negros Occidental will celebrate the 26th Panaad sa Negros Festival from April 8 to 14 at the Panaad Park and Stadium.
This year's festival theme: “Beyond a Promise...A Legacy” is the last Panaad festival to be celebrated under Governor Alfredo G. Marañon Jr., who will be retiring from public office on June 30.
The annual event will be participated in by the province’s 13 cities and 19 towns including its capital city, Bacolod. This will be an opportunity for these local government units to showcase their distinctive Negrense skills, talents and creativity at their respective uniquely made theme pavilions at the Panaad Park.
The Panaad sa Negros Festival has established its name after being adjudged by Department of Tourism-Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines as the Best Tourism Event – Provincial Festival Category in the country.
It has earned the Hall of Fame award in 2017 after bagging the national award for three consecutive years.
This year's festival will kick off with a Thanksgiving Mass at 8 a.m. at the Panaad Stadium.
This will be followed by the staging of the lechon parade, ribbon-cutting ceremonies and official opening of festival costumes exhibit, trade fair, eco-garden show, livestock and dairy fair, organic village, bamboo village and food park, among others.
The opening ceremony will start at 4 p.m., which will be followed by the Best of Festival Dances Competition. A GMA Kapuso Fiesta that will feature Manila-based celebrities will also be held at the Panaad Stadium on the opening day.
The Drum and Lyre Competition (Elementary Level) will be held on the second day of the festival at 1 p.m., while the Binalaybay and Rondalla Competitions will also be held at the stadium at 5 p.m. on the same day.
The Philippine Folk Dance Competition will highlight the third day of the festival, which will be held at the Panaad Stadium. A Choral Competition will be held at the Ayala Malls Capitol Central on the same day.
There will be a Panaad Ballroom Dance Festival Competition at the Panaad Stadium on the fourth day at 5 p.m., and Buglas Taliambong, which will showcase Negrense talents in a cultural performance at 6 p.m.
The Lin-ay sang Negros Pageant Night will be held 7 p.m. at the Panaad Stadium on April 12, the fifth day of the festival.
There will be a Pasidungog sa mga Mangunguma, Mangingisda kag Manugsagod sang Kasapatan at the Panaad Covered Court and Trabaho Patrol at City Mall Mandalagan on April 13.
The last day of the festival will have the closing ceremony with awarding and presentation of winners, to be followed by the Panaad Drum-beating Competition and fireworks display.