An organic village and live auctions of farm animals will be among the new features of this year’s Panaad sa Negros Festival at the Panaad Park in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, on April 14 to 22, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday.
Expected guest speaker at the opening rites on Saturday is Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar, festival director Ma. Lina Sanogal said.
Marañon said that among the new features of the festival is the live auction of farm animals, like pigs, cows, goats, and sheep to boost the income of farmers.
Another new feature will be a food alley, he added.
Provincial agriculturist Japhet Masculino said a P20 million organic village is also being built at the Panaad Festival site, with P10 million allocated for the first phase. Hopefully, the first phase will be finished in time for the opening of this year’s festival, he said.
Meanwhile, the province of Negros Occidental and Kalipay Negrense Foundation Inc. will present “Panaad: The Promise Fulfilled”, a musical play on April 18 at SMX Bacolod Convention Center, with the matinee show at 2 p.m., and gala at 7 p.m., a press release from the Capitol said.
The first-ever musical production will feature an all-Negrosanon performing artists, like Joel Torre, Kuh Ledesma, Ronnie Lazaro, Audie Gemora, Emcy Corteza, Vanya Castor, and Carlos Sison.
It will be directed by Cultural Center of the Philippines artistic director Chris Millado, music by Jose Gentica, with Dwight Gaston.
Tickets are sold at SM Bacolod, PIO and PPDO offices at Capitol, The Negros Showroom, ANP Ourfood Market, Bob’s Northdrive and at the Kalipay Foundation Office at Ylac Avenue in Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City.
Tickets are at P750, P500 and P250 for matinee, and P2,000, P1,500 and P1,000 for gala performance.
The event is for the rebuilding of Kalipay Negrense Foundation’s Recovered Treasures Children's Home. For more details, those interested may call 0917-7002345 or 435-2496, and look for AJ, the press release added.*
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