Held annually in the third week of April, Panaad sa Negros Festival aims to display the culture, history, and potential of participating municipalities. The celebration is traditionally held at the Panaad Park and Stadium, and since it is participated in by 13 cities and 19 towns of the province, it is dubbed as the “Festival of all Festivals” in Negros Occidental.
During the event, cities and municipalities will try to best each other in various competitions in areas such as street dance, drum and lyre, dance sports, and a lot more. Panaad Festival is much anticipated by locals in the region, and is even a Hall of Fame awardee for being the Best Tourism Event (Festival Category) all over the Philippines during Department of Tourism’s Pearl Awards 2017. If you’re joining the festivities this year, read on to see what to expect for Panaad Festival 2018!
Weather: Thunderstorms are in the forecast
Thunderstorms are to be expected throughout the week, and are quite likely to occur on April 19 to April 22. According to AccuWeather Forecast, the minimum temperature will be at 25 °C, while the maximum temperature will be at 34 °C . The public is advised to bring umbrellas and raincoats during the week in order to be fully protected during the festivities in Panaad sa Negros Festival.
Traffic news: More traffic lights in Bacolod City
Six sets of traffic lights worth PhP20 million were acquired by the Government of Bacolod City to address the complications of traffic in some areas in the metro. These will be installed in the areas of Hilado (Shopping)-6th Streets, Gonzaga-Lopez-Jaena Streets, Circumferential Road-Las Palmas (Gonzaga Extension), Lizarez-Lacson Streets (Lupit Church), Alijis Road-Araneta Street (Old Airport), and Sum-ag-Crossing Abuanan .
Since installation has started two weeks ago, this could mean that tourists and locals who will be going to the Panaad Festival would experience less traffic congestions in the areas with the new traffic lights. The Bacolod City Government also looks forward to install more traffic lights within this year.
Early booking of flights and boat trips
Since many people from different parts of the country will be going to Bacolod City because of Panaad sa Negros sang Festival, it is expected that airplane tickets and boat trips will be fully booked so tourists are advised to book their flights early to secure seats. People who are coming from Iloilo and nearby islands who plan to travel by boat are advised to reserve tickets earlier as well.
Major hotels almost fully booked
Tourists coming in for Panaad sa Negros festival are recommended to check the status of major hotels in Bacolod City online if there are available space to stay. Major hotels like Seda Hotel and L’fisher Hotel last week said that they are almost fully booked. Still, tourists need not to worry as there are a lot of new hotels the Bacolod City that they you can choose from. It is recommended to check in to hotels in the southern part of the city so that it will be easier for you to go to Panaad Park and Stadium.
Safer Panaad Festival
More than 1,000 law enforcers and civilian volunteers will be initially deployed for the safety of the 25th Panaad sa Negros Festival. The security force is projected to increase and is all set according to Inspector Charmae De Paz, public information officer of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office.  Tourists and visitors will see a lot of police assistance hubs, checkpoint operations, police visibility, and security patrols during the festival. It is also advised for tourists and visitors not to bring any sharp objects like knife, ice pick and others for the security of the festival.
Shopping scoop: Local choices found easier at Panaad sa Negros
Panaad sa Negros Festival not only lets tourists experience the culture and lifestyle of Negrense, but it also aims to expose them to various products of the participating localities, as cities and municipalities have an individual pavilion at the Panaad Park and Stadium. The festival also consists of a livestock and dairy fair, organic village, agri-trade fair and exhibits, and more.
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