‘Promise renewed’ as Panaad returns

Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer and Panaad Executive Director Cheryl Decena (l-r) at the unveiling of the festival’s logo. *Ronnie Baldonado photo

Negros Occidental provincial government officials launched the return of the Panaad sa Negros Festival, after a three-year hiatus caused by the COVID- 19 pandemic, at the Provincial Capitol Park and Lagoon Tuesday afternoon, March 14.

The launching of the 27th edition of the “festival of all festivals” with the theme, “The Promise Renewed”, included the presentation of its logo and theme song, and the sashing of the 28 Lin-ay sang Negros candidates.

This year’s Panaad sa Negros Festival is scheduled at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, April 17 – 23.

“Today, after three years of hiatus, we are once again ready to celebrate the Panaad sa Negros Festival, and we are extremely grateful that through God’s favor and grace, time has allowed us to gather today for the launching of our most awaited festival,” Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said.

The Negros Occidental officials at the launching of the festival on Tuesday.*Ronnie Baldonado photo

Lacson, who was joined by Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer, the provincial board members and mayors at the launching, said the festival is a commemoration of Negros Occidental’s resilience, perseverance, hope, and faith after what its people went through for the past three years.

“I am confident, that our Panaad 2023 will be a huge success and will mark the revival of better and brighter days for our people and province,” he added.

The Lin-ay sang Negros bets*Richard Malihan photo

The official launching was also attended by Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz, and Panaad Executive Director Cheryl Decena.

Panaad will be a week of festivities, culture, arts and will showcase of the very best of Negros Occidental, Decena said.*

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