‘Panaad Fest exceeds expectations’



Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said that the expectations in the staging of the 28th Panaad sa Negros Festival has not only been met with, but even exceeded.

Lacson, who spoke at the closing ceremony held at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City Sunday night (April 21), attributed the success to the cooperation and collaboration of everybody involved in the realization of the festivities.

He specifically thanked Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer and the entire provincial government.

PANAAD FEST AWARDING. Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (2nd left), Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz, and Provincial Tourism head Cheryl Decena, with Lin-ay sang Negros 2024 Kyla Rose Romarate of Victorias, first runner-up Zoe Clarisse Limson of Cauayan, second runner-up Patricia Ysabel Galapino of Ilog, third runner-up Roshyn Kate Jamantoc of Talisay, and fourth runner-up Gelisa Marie Nangan of Hinigaran, during the awarding of competition winners at the Panaad sa Negros closing ceremonies April 21. | Capitol PIO photo

“Without our accord, we wouldn’t be here celebrating this big yet profoundly meaningful event,” he added.

Lacson also acknowledged the participants in the various competitions for their extraordinary talent and dedication in representing the best of the province.

He commended the more than 1,100 men-in-uniform and their force multipliers for a job well done in ensuring that festival-goers not only be safe but feel safe as well even in the heat of El Niño.

Lacson said that the active participation of non-government organizations, government agencies, corporate sponsors, concessionaires, among others, has enabled the province to achieve the inclusivity and unity that Panaad represents.

He also lauded the working committees and all the production teams for “making this year’s Panaad bigger and more spectacular, worthy of the time for Negrenses”.

“Let us carry with us the memories, experiences, and bonds forged over the past week as we look forward to the bright future ahead for Negros Occidental,” Lacson added. | GB