Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. yesterday led the opening of the 19th Panaad Festival with a triple celebration commemorating the National Heroes Day and the Golden Anniversary of Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra as priest at the Panaad Park and Stadium, Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City.
Exhibits of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, Provincial Veterinary Office, Provincial Tourism, Provincial Environment and Management Office, and the Eco-Garden were opened with a ribbon- cutting led by Marañon.
This year’s theme is “19 Years of Panaad sa Negros: More Food, Fun, and Festival.”
Marañon said the crowd is overwhelming and overflowing as people keep coming back to Panaad because there are many things to see and emulate there that they can bring to their local government units.
“Our province is blessed with so much abundant water supply, nice weather, and for this we have to thank God Almighty for sparing us from the two destructive calamities that hit our neighboring province, Oriental Negros, the Sendong typhoon and the earthquake that practically destroyed Guihulngan City,” Marañon said.
“Panaad means promise, but it is also a celebration, a thanksgiving for all God has given us for a bountiful harvest, and for a loving, prosperous, and caring people. Let us continue to unite because only on this way we can reach heights that we long for and we will make Negros as the first Negros First as always,” he also said.
He also said more foreign visitors graced the festival.
Marañon also said that the executive committee of the festival suggested that they will prepare and try to make it a global affair on its 25th anniversary inviting all Negrenses from different parts of the world bringing their Lin-ay sang Negros candidates as well.
Provincial Agriculturist Igmedio Tabianan also said the OPA exhibit intends to promote food security of the province, though he admitted that they are not yet prepared to go purely into organic production.
They allowed farmers to integrate organic agriculture to their usual practice until they will they will go into pure organic agriculture, he also said.
The governor also said he is inviting the public and all tourists joining the festival to experience the buffet meal tomorrow with seven viands made from sheep meat at the OPA exhibit area.
The eat-all-you-can buffet will be served at lunch at P300 per person.
Meanwhile, Bacolod Mayor Evelio. Leonardia is inviting Negrenses and Bacolodnons to come and visit the Bacolod City pavilion at the Pana-ad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan.
Leonardia was among the mayors who attended the opening of the Pana-ad Festival.
He said he is grateful that Bacolod is part of this festival, along with the other cities and towns in the province.
Leonardia said the city’s pavilion, showcases the best of Bacolod and how she grew by leaps and bounds.
“Our pavilion is only a two-year-old structure and it is beautifully built as a replica of our new tourist destination – the Bacolod Government Center,” he said. Everybody can come and see how Bacolod grew with her people, he added.
Leonardia said the pavilion is unmistakably a replica of the Bacolod Government Center.
He congratulated Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Maranon, Jr. and Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez for staging the 19thPana-ad Festival.**LTG