Missed the Pana-ad Festival, the festival of all festivals in Negros Occidental? Fret no more as the provincial government of Negros Occidental is bringing back the festivities through the First LakBAYANIhan Fair that opened on March 16 at Ayala Capitol Central.
In partnership with the Department of Tourism Region VI, 32 towns and cities of the province, including Bacolod City, and tourism stakeholders the tourism fair showcases the Negrense arts, beautiful handicrafts, authentic local cuisine, and cultural festivities of the cities and towns of the province.
The event was formally opened by Gov. Eugenio “Bong Lacson” together with DOT Region VI Director Cristine Mansinares, Board Members Rita Gatuslao and Pal Guanzon, Provincial Administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz, LGU mayors, tourism officers, and other guests also graced the opening ceremonies.
The activity, led by the Negros Occ. Tourism Division, is one of the tourism recovery initiatives of the Provincial Government, which will run until May 29, 2022.
Among the activities lined up are: “Progresibo Distrito Uno” cultural show that highlight the festivities of LGUs in the 1st District; “CASAMA mo sa Turismo”; “Metro 3rd Taliambong”; “Fab Four of District 4”; “Turismo Tatak Quinto Distrito”; “Bugal sang Sixto Distrito”. The festivities will cap with the “Smile, You’re in Bacolod!” on May 29.
It has also organize a Heritage Tour that will highlight Bacolod, Talisay, and Silay on May 18 and 24; Culture Hub Tour on May 19 and 25; and Tourism Officers’ Night on May 20.
In his message, the governor said that while the tourism sector was among those gravely altered and affected by the COVID crisis, yet it presented an opportunity for Negrenses to build capacities and innovate.
“The fact that this first tourism fair since the pandemic began is widely participated by almost all LGUs including Bacolod City, is a demonstration and affirmation of our resilience,” he said.
He added that the event is a good opportunity for the participants to showcase their products and tourism offerings, as well as show their talent in innovation.