NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Oct. 10 (PIA6) — Panaad sa Negros Festival may take on many taglines – Festival of Festivals or Mother of All Festivals in Negros Occidental, but now, it is Best Tourism Event- Provincial Event Category Hall of Famer in the recent Pearl Awards.
Pearl Awards is the Department of Tourism- Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (DOT-ATOP) annual tourism awarding event and held this year at the Iloilo Convention Center in Iloilo City.
Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator as well as Panaad sa Negros Festival Executive Director Dr. Ma. Lina Sanogal with the other provincial government officials received the Grand Prize and Hall of Fame award.
Sanogal, according to a statement from the Capitol said, the award is significant since Panaad sa Negros Festival will celebrate its silver year in 2018.
“Panaad” is a local term for vow or promise and the festival is primarily a fulfillment of the vow to celebrate as thanksgiving for the abundance of Divine Providence. In 2018, the Panaad is slated April 14-22.
Aside from the Panaad Festival Hall of Fame Award, other tourism events in the province were also adjudged winners in the different categories.
Sipalay City’s Kite Festival won as Best Tourism Event-Sports Category and as First Runner Up for Best Tourism Month Celebration which Sagay City got both the Best Tourism Month Celebration and Best Practices on Community-based Responsible Tourism for Suyac Island Journey: Coastal Communities Resources Advocacies to Boost Sustainability;
Victorias Agri-Ecotourism Enhancement Program, second runner-up for Best Practices on Community-based Responsible Tourism; Silay Heritage Program, second runner-up for Best Community-based Heritage Conservation Project – City Category; and Cadiz City, second runner-up for Best Tourism-Oriented LGU (City Category), among others. *(JCM/EAD-PIA6 Negros Occidental)