Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., who declared the Silver Panaad sa Negros Festival open Saturday, said the economic gains of Negros Occidental in the past 25 years are a promise fulfilled beyond expectations.
Marañon, in his speech at the opening of the festival at the Panaad Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, said that in the next 25 years Negros Occidental will progress more “if we continue to unite and work together, especially to solve the biggest problem in this country which is poverty.”
“If we can solve poverty we can solve the drug problem and other crimes,” he said.
The Lord has blessed Negros Occidental and spared it from major calamities for which Negrenses should be thankful, he said.
Marañon also thanked former Gov. Rafael Coscolluela for initiating the Panaad sa Negros Festival, a thanksgiving celebration that showcases the best Negros Occidental has to offer.
Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said the Panaad sa Negros, aside from showcasing the different festivals of the province, is about “showing how far the gains of our farmers, hog raisers livestock breeders have reached.”
“Panaad is a reflection of the economic gains of our province”, and allows visitors to see what the entire Negros Occidental has to offer in just one venue, including various business opportunities,” Lacson said.
Ma. Lina Sanogal, festival director, said the ultimate goal is to make the Panaad sa Negros pavilions at the Panaad Park tourist attractions not just during the festival but year round.
She also confirmed that Coca-Cola is not allowed at the Panaad site because Pepsi Cola is an exclusive sponsor of the festival this year.*CPG
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