Calatrava contestant wins
Panaad oration tilt
The contestant from Calatrava town, Negros Occidental won the “Paindis-indis sang Binalaybay (oration)” contest held during the 20 th Panaad sa Negros Festival was won by at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City, yesterday.
Oration composer and presenter, Luz Leonor, bested 10 others and won P15,000 and a trophy for her piece, “Kay Kita, Usa Ra”, about Calatrava's finest delicacies, destinations and its locals, a press release from the Capitol said.
John Rey Java of Himamaylan City was second runner-up for “Organiko nga Pagpanguma Para sa Masulhay kag Mainuswagon nga Probinsya”; and Edmar Villanueva of Silay City, third place, with his piece, “Panguma Organiko, Ginapabugal Ko”; and won P10,000 and P7,000, respectively, and trophies, the press release also said.
Consolation awards were given to contestants from Sagay City, Cadiz, Cauayan, Bacolod City, and Pulupandan, who each received P2,000.
The contest was judged by Resurrecion Hidalgo, Alain Russ Dimzon and Andy Guevarra, and attended by Board Member Nehemias dela Cruz, Panaad sa Negros Festival executive director Ma. Lina Sanogal, and Msgr. Guillermo Gaston, the press release added.*
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25 others commended
Former Negros Occidental Governor Rafael Coscolluela, who was honored at the opening rites of the 20 th Panaad sa Negros Festival celebration Monday, said the festival has truly become a source of pride for all Negrosanons today.
Coscolluela was commended for having spearheaded the construction of the Panaad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, 20 years ago, and for founding the festival along with 25 others.
The 25 others are the late Vice Gov. Romeo Gamboa, former Sangguniang Panlalawigan members Michael Suarez and Regina Ledesma, former Rep. Monico Puentevella, Erlinda Jara, Eusebio Po, Andres Valencia, Joaquin Teves, Angelina Echaus;
The late OIC Gov. Eduardo Ledesma, Amalia Unson, Wilmar Drilon, Bob Chugani, Bro. Rolando Dizon, Roberto Leong, the late Msgr. John Liu, Silverio Ureta, Noli Puentevella, Rica Suarez, Msgr. Guillermo Gaston, Girlie Belzunce, Cecile Asico, the late Donna Porter, Charito Motus and Rene Hinojales.
Plaques of appreciation were also given to the late Gov. Joseph Marañon and his successor, Isidro Zayco, for sustaining the Panaad sa Negros Festival over the years.
In his speech at the opening of the Panaad Festival, Coscolluela paid tribute to the late Vice Governor Gamboa who, he said, held office and practically lived in the site while construction of the Panaad complex was ongoing.
The former governor recalled that a Negrense columnist based in Manila then wrote that he thought the Panaad complex was going to be a white elephant, and even said he (Coscolluela) should be hung from one of the trees when he was proven right.
Well, 20 years after it was built, Panaad is no white elephant; it has become a venue for national and international competitions, it remains one of the best sports complexes in the country, it is a venue for showcasing the culture, the talents, the products, indeed the best of Negros Occidental, Coscolluela said.
The success of the Panaad festival and the development of the sports complex and park would not have been possible without the cooperation of local government units and mayors, and his successors as governor, Coscolluela added.
Panaad is the festival of all Negros festivals, and belongs to all Negrosanons, he said.
Coscolluela thanked Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. for continuing the Panaad Festival tradition and said he wishes that all future governors of the province continue to make it the showcase of the best of Negros.*CPG
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