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La Castellana’s Bailes de Luces Adjudged Best Festival Dance

The Bailes de Luces of the Municipality of La Castellana was adjudged “Best Festival Dance” during the 20th Panaad sa Negros Festival Dance Competition held at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City, yesterday.

Over 20 towns and municipalities all over the province participated in the competition, showcasing a five minute presentation of their respective festivals.

Bagging the second place is the Sinulog Festival of Kabankalan City while the Balbagan Festival of Binalbagan town placed third.

According to Best of Festival Dances chairman Rudy Reveche, the criteria for judging include Choreography, 30 percent; Performance, 30 percent; Theme/Concept,20 percent; Costume, 10 percent; Music, 5 percent and Hand Props, 5 percent.

The succeeding places were awarded to Silay City’s Kansilayan Festival and Talisay City’s Minulu-an Festival, respectively.

The judges of the competition were Carlou Bernaldez, Julius Martin Sollesta, Rommel Flogen, Tres Solis and Annie Sartorio. */Capitol News

Panaad sa Negros

Guv Leads Ribbon-cutting Ceremony for Panaad Trade Fair and Exhibit

Guv Leads Ribbon-cutting Ceremony for Panaad Trade Fair and ExhibitGuv Leads Ribbon-cutting Ceremony for Panaad Trade Fair and Exhibit

(Left photo) Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (2nd from right) leads the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Panaad Trade Fair and Exhibit showcasing a number of world class furniture made of wood (right photo) on display at the Panaad Stadium for the weeklong Panaad sa Negros Festival 2013 celebration. /Capitol photo

20th Panaad Sa Negros Opens, Founders Honored

20th Panaad Sa Negros Opens, Founders Honored

Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. together with Board Members Nehemias de la Cruz and Salvador Escalante, and Panaad Executive Director Ma. Lina P. Sanogal lead the giving of awards to the founders of Panaad sa Negros Festival during the opening ceremonies of the 20th Panaad sa Negros Festival at the Panaad Stadium, yesterday.* /CAPITOL PHOTO

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. led the opening ceremonies of the 20th Panaad sa Negros Festival together with city and municipal officials of the province at the Panaad Stadium, yesterday.

About 10,000 Negrenses and foreign visitors attended the ceremony to witness the grand festivity.

Governor Marañon, in his message, said that this year’s festival is focused on promoting the province as the prime capital of organic agriculture.

20th Panaad Sa Negros Opens, Founders Honored

Governor Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. declares the 20th Panaad sa Negros Festival open. */CAPITOL PHOTO

“In our 20th year, we are unstoppable,” Maranon said.

The governor also thanked the visitors, guests and the whole Negrense community for supporting the celebration.

One of the highlights of the opening rites is the giving of plaques of appreciation to the founders of the Panaad sa Negros Festival and honouring them for their valuable contributions to the history of the festivity.

Topping the list is Former Governor Rafael Coscolluela, followed by Former Vice Gov. Romeo Gamboa, Former Board Member Michael Suarez, Former Rep. Monico Puentevella, Hon. Regina Ledesma, Mrs. Erlinda Jara, Mr. Eusebio Po, Mr. Andres Valencia, Mr, Joaquin Teves, Mrs. Angelina Echaus, Hon. Eduardo Ledesma, Mrs. Amalia Unson, Mr. Wilmar Drilon, Mr. Bob Chugani, Atty. Roberto Leong, Bro. Rolando Dizon, Msgr. John Liu, Arch. Silverio Ureta, Arch. Noli Puentevella, Arch. Rica Suarez, Msgr. Guillermo Gaston, Ms. Girlie Belzunce, Ms. Cecile Asico, Ms. Donna Porter, Ms. Charito Motus and Mr. Rene Hinojales.

Moreover, former governors Rafael Coscolluela, Joseph Marañon and Isidro Zayco and Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr., each received Plaque of Appreciation for sustaining the Panaad sa Negros festival over the years. Former Vice Gov. Gamboa was also given a plaque of appreciation.

20th Panaad Sa Negros Opens, Founders Honored

GUEST OF HONOR. Former Governor and Panaad sa Negros Festival Founder Rafael Sebastian “Lito” Coscolluela addresses the crowd during the opening ceremonies of the 20th Panaad sa Negros Festival at the Panaad Stadium, yesterday. */CAPITOL PHOTO

Former Governor and the Panaad sa Negros Festival Founder Rafael Sebastian “Lito” Coscolluela in his message, said that the construction of the Panaad Park and Sports Complex passed through a difficult phase during the planning stage.

“Twenty years later, Panaad became the pride of Negros and was known as the best sports complex in the whole country after completion,” Coscolluela said, adding, it continues to be the best in the Philippines.

Coscolluela also added that the Panaad Stadium was created to give Negrenses a venue for sports that would qualify for international competitions as well as a place to showcase the Province of Negros Occidental.

“Panaad sa Negros can be considered as the Best Festival of Festivals in the country because it showcases the best of its people, products and culture”, he said. */CAPITOL NEWS