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Earth Day March 26

Lights will be switched off around the globe for Earth Hour starting 8:30 p.m. March 26.

In Bacolod City, aprogram will start at 7:30 p.m. at the North Carpark1A of ShoeMart, an SM press release said.

This will be followed by a ceremonial countdown to switch off the lights at 8:30 p.m.

“The collective support of the Filipino people made last year's Earth Hour a resounding success for the Philippines, with the country ranking No. 1 worldwide in terms of scale of public participation,” it said.

“The result of last year's Earth Hour has led to significant power savings and more importantly, greater prospects for meaningful and sustained actions against climate change,” the press release added.*

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Panaad Festival
starts April 4

This year’s Panaad sa Negros Festival will kick-off on April 4 and will culminate on April 9 at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City with the theme, “Patubas sang Negrosanon, Manggad sang Nasyon”.

The festival will start with a thanksgiving mass at 8 a.m. to be followed by ribbon cutting ceremonies for the Panaad Tourism and Trade Fair at the LGU pavilions, Negros’ Best Products Display, Organic na Negros Agri-fest, Livestock and Dairy Products Fair, Festival Costumes Exhibit and Competition, Eco-garden and Wellness Show at the Panaad Stadium, a Capitol press release said yesterday.

The formal opening ceremony and festival dance competition will begin at 4 p.m. of April 4 at the stadium, followed by fireworks display and GMA “Kapuso” Show featuring Manila-based artists.

On April 5, sports events such as athletics, volleyball, taekwondo and chess will commence at 7 a.m. while composo and pop song writing competitions will start at 6 p.m. at the stadium.

On April 6, drum and bugle competition at the football field will start at 1 p.m. while the final round of Latin dance sport at the Negros Occidental Multi-purpose Activity Center will be at 3 p.m. A “Pop Fiesta Presentation” featuring Manila-based celebrities sponsored by Unilever Philippines will start at 8 p.m. at the stadium.

TESDA Livelihood Skills Olympics will be on April 7 at the Panaad Covered Court while the Negrense/Ilonggo folk dance competition is at 5 p.m. at the stadium.

The Search for Lin-ay sang Negros 2011 Pageant will highlight the festival 8 p.m., April 8 at the stadium.

On April 9, a farmers’ day celebration will be held at the Panaad Covered Court starting 8 a.m. while the closing ceremony with awarding and presentation of winners will start at 3 p.m at the stadium.

Outstanding farmers and fisherfolk awards jointly organized by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, Provincial Veterinary Office and ABS-CBN will be at 7 p.m. before the ABS-CBN Kapamilya Fiesta Caravan at the stadium.

Meanwhile, pre-Panaad events include the press presentation of Lin-ay sang Negros 2011 candidates at Casino Filipino Hotel in Bacolod City on April 1; festival costume parade at SM City Bacolod on April 2 and talent night at Robinson’s Place Bacolod on April 3.*

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People & Events
Panaad Festival starts April 4

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