Panaad sa Negros festival: "Mother of all Festivals"

The Panaad sa Negros festival is set to kick off on April 8th and culminate on April 14th at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City. This is the biggest festival of all in Negros Occidental, literally the “festival of festivals”, as it features a total of 32 festivals from 13 cities and 19 towns, showcasing the province's history, culture, trade, agriculture, tourism and other industries.

Panaad sa Negros features Bacolod City’s famous MassKara Festival, La Carlota City’s rhythmic Pasalamat, San Carlos City’s multi-awarded Pintaflores, Kabankalan City’s Sinulog, Bago City’s Babaylan, Escalante City’s Manlambus, Mambukal’s Mudpack Festival, La Castellana’s Bailes de Luces, San Enrique’s Bulang-Bulang, Salvador Benedicto’s Kali-Kaliha, among many others.

This festival started in 1993 as a thanksgiving celebration and a fulfilment of a promise and vow to the Divine Providence in exchange for good life. Held every third week of April, it has been awarded the Best Tourism Event (provincial level) by the Department of Tourism and the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines.

This year’s theme is Panaad @20: Celebrating Negros as the Philippines’ Leader in Organic Agriculture.

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