Before the unification of Negros Occidental and Oriental and its separation to its former regions to be called as the Negros Island Region, the people of the region has been united for the province’s cause through the years.
It is when the Panaad sa Negros Festival came to be a celebration for unity and its promise.
The Humble Beginning of Panaad sa Negros Festival
Panaad is a hiligaynon word which means a “vow” or a “promise”. Panaad sa Negros Festival or more commonly known as Panaad Festival is an annual celebration for the whole Negros Region as the people’s promise or vow for a good life.
The first Panaad Festival was started in April 30, 1993 at the grounds of Capitol Lagoon in Bacolod City. Today, this annual festival also known as the ” mother-festival” of the whole region is held at the Panaad Stadium in Panaad Park. This event is participated by 13 cities and 19 towns of the province.