Bago City and the Municipality of Murcia bagged the Best Tourism Destination Pavilion awards during the 16th Panaad Sa Negros Festival that drew to close Saturday amid a crowd of thousands at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City.
Cadiz City and Hinigaran romped off with the People’s Choice awards.
The Cleanest Pavilion awards went to Silay City and Moises Padilla.
Negros Occidental Gov. Isidro Zayco said that like the previous Panaad Sa Negros festivals, this year’s festivity is also a success because of the cooperation of the 32 city and municipal mayors.
Zayco also thanked the Negrenses and the sponsors who supported this year’s festival for making the Panaad Sa Negros possible.
Since the festival started 16 years ago, it has improved a lot and the number of participants has grown every year, he said.
The first Panaad sa Negros Festival, then a three-day affair, was held at the Provincial Capitol Lagoon in 1993.
Vice Gov. Emilio Yulo III said that Panaad Sa Negros, which was awarded the Best Provincial Festival by the Department of Tourism, has attracted many tourists through the years.
Panaad Sa Negros Festival has also shown that Negrenses can unite for a common interest, he said.
At the closing and awarding rites Saturday, Zayco and Yulo were joined by Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. Chairman Efraim Genuino and incoming Armed Forces Chief Lt. General Victor Ibrado.
The crowd was also treated to performances by 4th Negros Pop Idol winner Jessa Luntayao from Hinigaran and the composo contest champion from Pulupandan, and by dance contest winners from Silay, La Carlota, Bago, Cadiz, Manapla and Isabela.
Meanwhile, design excellence awards were also awarded to Noel Dominic Gomez of San Carlos City; Wilamarie Castillo of Escalante City; and Thelma Canillo of Calatrava.
Gomez designed the Ivan chair while Castillo, the lampshade for home accessories, and Canillo, the pailbag with flower wood handle.
Sarah Bernales of Pulupandan took home the Best Processed Food award for her bagoong cube.
For the Festival Costume display, awardees were Moises Padilla, Best Festival Costume; San Carlos City, Best Indigenous Costume; La Carlota City, Best Head Dress; and Silay City, Most Colorful Costume made of fabric and other materials.
Our Lady of Purity Academy in San Enrique and Hinigaran Elementary School topped the Banda Diri, Banda Didto contest in the secondary and elementary levels, respectively, while Glenn Salve of Bacolod won the Pop Song Writing Competition.*APN