Panaad is the Hiligaynon for a vow and its fulfillment. Dubbed as the “Festival of All Festivals”, Panaad showcases the festivals of the participating cities and municipalities during a cultural show. Highlighting the event is the Search for Lin-ay Sg Negros Pageant competition where beautiful Negrenses vie for the prestigious title.
Panaad sa Negros was conceptualized in 1993 by the Provincial Government and representatives of the private sector to showcase the festivals of each of the then six (6) cities and 26 municipalities of Negros Occidental – their history, cultural heritage, commerce and industry and tourism potential.
The first Panaad sa Negros Festival was a three-day affair in 1993 that started April 30, a significant day because on this day in 1901 Negros Occidental became a separate province from Negros Oriental. The festival was held at the Provincial Capitol Park and Lagoon fronting the Provincial Captiol for the first four years. As the festival grew each year, a bigger venue was needed. In 1997, the festival was held at the reclaimed area near the where BREDCO Port is located now.
The construction of the Panaad Park and Stadium in Mansilingan, Bacolod City for the Palarong Pambansa in 1998 paved the way for the establishment of the Panaad Park as the permanent home of the festival. The park hosts the theme pavilions of the new 19 municipalities and 13 cities of Negros Occidental, including the highly urbanized provincial capital, Bacolod City.
The stadium, which can accommodate around 25,000 spectators in its main grandstand and open bleachers, is the main venue for the cultural presentations. LGU competitions, concerts, and the festival highlight, the search for the “Lin-ay sg Negros”, the lady who optimizes the ideal Negrense woman.
Visiting the Panaad Festival is like visiting 19 municipalities and 13 cities of Negros Occidental in one day. The theme pavilions are designed after the tourist destinations of the city/municipality and showcases the best that each has to offer. Pasalubong items can be bought at the pavilion and if you’re in for gastronomic adventure, Panaad Festival is the right place. Help yourself with tasty grilled diwal from Valladolid, puto from Manapla, oysters from Hinigaran and a lot more.
Visit the Panaad sa Negros Festival and discover that there’s more in Negros Occidental than just sugar.