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  • Panaad Sa Negros Festival A Showcase Of Negrense Culture And Heritage

    Panaad Sa Negros Festival A Showcase Of Negrense Culture And Heritage

    Dubbed as the "festivals of all festivals," the 24th Panaad sa Negros features the colorful and jubilant festivals of 13 towns and 19 municipalities of one of the biggest provinces of the Philippines.

    The annual festivity captures the essence of Negros Occidental as it brings together all the cities and municipalities in a week-long merry-making and trade fairs showcasing their heritage and tradition at the 25-hectare Panaad Park and Stadium in the province's capital, Bacolod City.

    Speaking before a crowd of about 4,000 on the opening of the festival Saturday, Negros Occidental Governor ...

  • Where Gold Is Green

    Where Gold Is Green

    The waves may be calling from where you are seated today, but the tempting colorful fiesta of all fiestas is definitely howling even bigger.

    It's Panaad sa Negros season once more, and to the excitement of many, the pavilions are open to delight fiesta goers with food, sights and sounds.

    A quick tour in the iconic Panaad grounds will allow visitors to experience the kind of culture we have as Negrenses ??" laid back but charming, appealing, exciting. We may have seen these markers since its establishment in 1998 but the child in us is still more than elated to check it this time of the y ...

  • Atis Compete In Panaad Sportsfest

    Fifty Atis will take center stage in this year's "Panaad sa Negros Festival" as they compete and promote their own indigenous games.

    Traditional Filipino games of "kadang-kadang" (bamboo stilts race), bow and arrow, "bangkaw" (spear) and palosebo that have been rarely played these days. Some of them will also compete in athletics, boxing, and chess.

    Hazel Torrefiel, development management officer of National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), thanked Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. for inviting the indigenous people (IPs).

    Torrefiel said the participation of IPs in the game will f ...

  • Reflections On The Negros Organic Fest

    Reflections On The Negros Organic Fest

    The 11th Negros Island Organic Festival (NIOFF) held on November 15 to 19 in Bacolod City marked my second year of being one of the judges of the participating exhibitors. I'm happy that the participants increase every year.

    However, after the NIOFF's second year held in Dumaguete City then, Negros Oriental just became one of the participants, and not one of the organizers anymore.

    I wonder what had become of their commitment, but still I appreciate the fact that many organic farmers from the other side of the island joined the festival.

    When the organic farmers festival was being con ...

  • Bacolod City Masskara Festival 2016 The Beat Colors And Smiles

    Bacolod City Masskara Festival 2016 The Beat Colors And Smiles

    This year, I had the chance to witness and photograph one of the most colorful and most alive festivals in the Philippines, the MassKara Festival of Bacolod. For 2 days, October 22 and 23, I joined thousands of people in the streets of Bacolod, enjoyed the spectrum of colors, multitude of smiles and the beat! Yep, that song "tong-tong-tong pakitong-kitong" still lingers in my ears.

    Brief History

    The MassKara Festival was first introduced in Bacolod City back in the 1980s to "add color and jollity" to the anniversary celebration of the city's Charter Day. The smiling masks symbolizes the ...

  • Negros Must Industrialize

    Negros Must Industrialize

    The economy of Negros cannot be forever dependent on farming or on sugar thus, there is a need for the region to industrialize.

    During the opening of the 11th Negros Island Organic Farmers Festival (NIOFF) at the Negros First Cyber Centre in Bacolod City Tuesday, Interior Undersecretary Jesus Hinlo Jr. pointed out the need for new businesses that build manufacturing plants and factories to be able to provide massive work for the people.

    "I appeal to our political and business leaders in Negros, prepare for the future, we have to industrialize," he said.

    Hinlo said that amid the effort ...