A Panaad fulfilled
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
Its name is Panaad” which is an Ilonggo word that roughly translates to a vow, or promise. This was the name given to the festival initiated in Negros Occidental 20 years ago, and during its recent celebration, it showed that it has, indeed, lived up to its name.
This is because, from the few products and items that were displayed and sold in previous years, last week's presentation showed the variety and versatility as well as the amount displayed and made available to those who flocked to the grounds of the Panaad Park and Stadium in Mansilingan, Bacolod City.
And it was not only farm produce, or the creations of local farmers and members of their families who presented what they could do with native fruits, root crops and vegetables that showed promise of being developed further into exportable products from this province.
The fair also featured awards for successful farmers and entrepreneurs, as well as those who have introduced innovations in their methods.
But it was not all agricultural products and business prospects for participants, the festival also included sports competitions, and even a beauty contest where young women from the various towns and cities competed for the title of Lin-ay sang Panaad.
Indeed, the Panaad has lived up to its name and, as indicated by the improvement in the presentation every succeeding year, it also continues to draw greater participation and more merrymakers as well as exhibitors.
And we would be amiss if we do not acknowledge the tirelessness and singlemindedness of the man who has brought the Panaad to its present stature that indicates more and greater promises, not only for the festival itself, but also to the province in general.
Congratulations Governor Alfredo Marañon! Everybody knows this show is yours.*