Sales at the nine-day 25th Panaad sa Negros Festival that ended Sunday rose to P25,922,820.10, a 71 percent increase compared to P18,434,003.20 last year, festival executive director Ma. Lina Sanogal said yesterday.
Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., who reiterated his thanks to all those who contributed to the success of the festival at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, said reaching P25.9 million in sales is significant to Panaad’s 25 th year of celebration.
“We are happy that despite the multitude of people the Panaad festivities remained peaceful and was a wholesome destination for families,” Sanogal said.
Sanogal thanked the police and military volunteers for keeping the peace during the festival at send-off rites yesterday morning.
On the seventh day of this year’s festival they had already surpassed the sales of the nine-day 2017 edition of the Panaad festivities, she said.
In fact even after the 2018 Panaad sa Negros ended Sunday, people were still buying plants and dried fish at the festival site yesterday morning, she added.
Topping the festival sales for the 2018 Panaad sa Negros Festival were the Local Government Units’ pavilions at P12,581,368.60 followed by the concessionaires’ kiosks at P5,145,418, Eco-Garden Show - P2,280,540, Livestock and Dairy Fair - P3,664,260 and the Food Park - P1,547,158, Sanogal said.
The Livestock Auction, held for the first time in Panaad, had a total sale of P1,532,700, boosting the Livestock and Dairy Fair earnings from P1.3 Million to P3.6 Million this year.
The Organic Market earned P704,075.50, which was lower than last year’s sales that reached P1.5 million.
Marañon lauded Sanogal and the festival committee heads for the success of the silver anniversary celebration of Panaad.
Sanogal reiterated the aim is to make the Panaad Park and Stadium a year-round destination for tourists.
They are eyeing a private management group for the maintenance of the park where the LGU pavilions are located, she said. It would be cheaper for the LGUs to pay monthly dues, like homeowners, for the maintenance of their pavilions’ surroundings, Sanogal added.*CPG
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