The 25 th Panaad sa Negros Festival officially opens at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City today, with more than 800 policemen deployed to secure the event.
Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said he is calling on everyone to join the Panaad sa Negros Festival to enjoy the best that Negros Occidental has to offer in just one venue.
Festival guests will be able to see the best festival performances from the towns and cities of Negros Occidental at the Panaad this afternoon, he said.
The festival will also showcase Negrense products, tourism destinations and food at the town and city pavilions, he said.
A thanksgiving mass will be held 8 a.m. at the second floor of the Panaad Stadium, to be followed by ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the Festival Costume Exhibit, Organic Village, Negros First Food Park, Livestock and Dairy Fair, Eco-Garden Show, Trade Fair and Exhibit, and Bamboo Village, festival director Ma. Lina Sanogal said yesterday.
The Panaad motorcade will start 2 p.m. at the Provincial Capitol grounds that will pass along the main streets of Bacolod City, going to the Panaad Park and Stadium in Brgy. Mansilingan.
The opening ceremony will be held 4 p.m. at the Panaad Stadium with Ricojudge Janvier Echiverri, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Assistant Secretary for External and Legislative Affairs, as the guest of honor and speaker.
Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. will give his message and declare the official opening of the 25 th Panaad sa Negros Festival, during the program.
Negros Occ. Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson will also give a welcome message.
There will also be a Raising of Banners of the towns and cities; Board Member Victor Javellana, chairman of the SP Committee on Tourism will lead the raising of the provincial banner while Ma. Lina Sanogal will lead in the raising of the Panaad banner.
The Best of Festival Dance Competition will be held after the opening program to be followed by the GMA Kapuso Night featuring Kapuso stars Mike Tan, Martin del Rosario, Kate Valdez, and Enrico Cuenca.
The Silver Anniversary celebration of Panaad is themed, “Panaad@25: The Promise Fulfilled”.
The opening ceremonies will be capped by a fireworks display.*CPG
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