MERGE The Tinabu-ay Festival performers of Murcia were the champion* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

‘Panaad bigger, better’

Senator Cynthia Villar said the Panaad sa Negros Festival that showcases Negros Occidental’s culture, tourist attractions, and products, is getting bigger, better and grander every year.

Villar, who was the guest speaker at the opening of the 26th edition of the festival at the Panaad Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, yesterday said “Your rich culture and traditions, as well as your people’s talents, are really the main reason why this festival is getting more popular each year and is drawing an increasing number of tourists.”

She noted that the Panaad also showcases Negros Occidental’s trailblazing farm tourism thrust. moremoremore

Murcia bags championship

The Tinabu-ay Festival of Murcia town was the grand champion in the 5-hour Best of Festival Dances competition at the Panaad Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, last night.

The Murcia performers bested those from 25 other towns and cities of Negros Occidental, who performed before a crowd of about 10,000 at the first day of the week-long Panaad sa Negros Festival yesterday, Karen Dinsay, Panaad publicity committee head, said.

The Kansilay Festival of Silay City was 1st runner-up, Udyakan Festival of Kabankalan City – 2nd runner-up, Bailes de Luces of La Castellana – 3rd runner-up, and Babaylan Festival of Bago City – 4th runner-up. moremoremore


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Grow bamboo, guv urges farmers

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. urged farmers to grow bamboo because of its huge demand in the market.

Marañon led the opening yesterday of the Bamboo Village, one of the exhibits featured in the 26th Panaad sa Negros Festival at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City.

In an interview, the governor said that the technology to grow bamboo is there, but there is insufficient supply of raw materials. “We should encourage more farmers to plant bamboo because there is a lot of potential in this industry. We can make furniture, houses, from bamboo. There are a lot of uses for bamboo,” he said.