THE Provincial Government of Negros Occidental has allocated about P15 million for this year’s hosting of the Panaad sa Negros Festival on April 15 to 22, said Provincial Planning and Development Officer Ma. Lina Sanogal.
Sanogal, the festival’s executive director and action officer, said the higher budget for this year is attributed to more number of events for the eight-day festivities as well as in the increases in the cost of commodities, services, and promotions.
This year’s festival, themed “Panaad sa Negros: Showcasing our Island’s Sweet Surprises,” is also seen to gather more domestic and foreign visitors at the festival site in Panaad Park and Stadium, Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City.
“On top of the Lin-ay sang Negros Pageant that gathers not less than 20, 000 crowd every year, many other activities like shows of several artists from Manila are also expected to bring in thousands of festival-goers,” Sanogal said, adding that the creation of the Negros Island Region will also spark for stronger participation of the province’s counterpart, the Negros Oriental.
Regular activities during the annual festival include the livestock and poultry fair, organic products, and tourism trade fair and exhibitions, recognition of outstanding farmers and fisherfolk, and festival dances competition, among others.
With more products to offer, Sanogal said the 32 local government units, including Bacolod City, through their respective booths and pavilions are also seen to generate more income this year.
“We are backing and introducing our new brand logo which highlights Negros as an island of sweet surprises. We are presenting the different diversified products of the province not only in tourism and agriculture, but also in the renewable energy generation industry as we are now positioned as the renewable center of the country,” she added.