BACOLOD City – The sales for the weeklong 26th Panaad sa Negros Festival totaled P19.5 million after it drew to a close on April 14, 2019.
The festivities, which started April 8, 2019, was highlighted by the awarding of winners of the different competitions of all the local government units in the province.
The total sales for the 7-day festivity was at P19.5 million, 24.8 percent lower compared to last year’s P25.9-million sales in 9 days.
Provincial Tourism Officer and Panaad Secretariat head Cristine Mansinares, thanked the collaborative effort of the different Panaad committees, corporate sponsors, the local and international media, and the Panaad coordinators representing each local government unit.
Mansinares said Panaad sa Negros Festival serves as a benchmark for festivals across the country and it represents the provinces tourism offerings, food and culture among others.
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 were also presented during the program.
Panaad Festival Director Dr. Ma. Lina Sanogal expressed her profound gratitude to everyone who participated in the Panaad activities and for their valuable contribution in making this year’s festivities successful.
She also said that it is because of strong cooperation and active participation of all LGUs that the weeklong festivity ended successfully, adding that the total sales for this year is a bit lower due to the shortened number of days.
Sanogal said that Panaad is leaning towards a green festival primarily because we live in a green province that promotes the love for environment and promotion of organic agriculture, which is also in line with the province’s tagline, The Land of Sweet Surprises.
The Negros Occidental Singing Ambassadors and Bacolod Cathedral Chorale led in the singing of the Panaad theme song, Tubo kag Madamo Pa.
The Panaad Drumbeating Competition was held after the closing program.
The last day of Panaad was capped with a fireworks display.
Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Maranon Jr. said that he was assured by incoming governor Eugenio Jose Lacson that he will continue to support the Panaad sa Negros Festival.