Panaad Festival bags ATOP’s Hall of Fame award – Philippine Information Agency


Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator and Panaad Festival Executive Director Dr. Ma. Lina Sanogal with tourism officers and stakeholders receives the Hall of Fame Award as Best Tourism Event Provincial Category from Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines during the Pearl Awards in Iloilo City. *(EAD-PIA6/Capitol photo)

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)

Panaad Festival bags ATOP’s Hall of Fame award – Philippine Information Agency


Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator and Panaad Festival Executive Director Dr. Ma. Lina Sanogal with tourism officers and stakeholders receives the Hall of Fame Award as Best Tourism Event Provincial Category from Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines during the Pearl Awards in Iloilo City. *(EAD-PIA6/Capitol photo)

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)

Panaad Festival bags ATOP’s Hall of Fame award – Philippine Information Agency


Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator and Panaad Festival Executive Director Dr. Ma. Lina Sanogal with tourism officers and stakeholders receives the Hall of Fame Award as Best Tourism Event Provincial Category from Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines during the Pearl Awards in Iloilo City. *(EAD-PIA6/Capitol photo)

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)

Panaad Festival bags ATOP’s Hall of Fame award – Philippine Information Agency


Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator and Panaad Festival Executive Director Dr. Ma. Lina Sanogal with tourism officers and stakeholders receives the Hall of Fame Award as Best Tourism Event Provincial Category from Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines during the Pearl Awards in Iloilo City. *(EAD-PIA6/Capitol photo)

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)

Panaad Festival bags ATOP’s Hall of Fame award – Philippine Information Agency


Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator and Panaad Festival Executive Director Dr. Ma. Lina Sanogal with tourism officers and stakeholders receives the Hall of Fame Award as Best Tourism Event Provincial Category from Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines during the Pearl Awards in Iloilo City. *(EAD-PIA6/Capitol photo)

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)

Panaad Festival bags ATOP’s Hall of Fame award – Philippine Information Agency


Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator and Panaad Festival Executive Director Dr. Ma. Lina Sanogal with tourism officers and stakeholders receives the Hall of Fame Award as Best Tourism Event Provincial Category from Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines during the Pearl Awards in Iloilo City. *(EAD-PIA6/Capitol photo)

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)

Main Street program to hold conference in west Kentucky – Hopkinsville Kentucky New Era




The Kentucky Main Street Program will host its Fall Oct. 17 to 20 in Western Kentucky and showcase historic buildings and successful rehabilitation and downtown revitalization projects in Paducah, Murray, Cadiz, Princeton and Guthrie.

Lake Barkley State Resort Park will host the meeting, which draws local KYMS directors and board members from across the state.

“Just as we did last year in Eastern Kentucky, the goal of this year’s conference is to share best practices with one another and learn about all the great things taking place in the western part of the state,” said Kitty Dougoud, Kentucky Main Street Program administrator. “We have a wonderful and diverse network of Main Street communities, each with unique characteristics that provide great educational opportunities to see our Main Street trainings in action.”

During the conference participants will tour the Janice Mason Art Museum and Colonial Revival Post Office in Cadiz; the historic Princeton Tourism Center and then in Guthrie the Transportation Museum and Welcome Center, c1872 Opera House and Robert Penn Warren Birthplace Museum.

The goal of Kentucky Main Street is to encourage downtown revitalization, public-private partnerships, and economic development within the context of historic preservation. Since the program’s inception, KYMS can document more than $3.9 billion of public-private investment throughout the Commonwealth. For more information, visit www.heritage.ky.gov/mainstreet.



Negros Occidental shines in tourism awards | SunStar – Sun.Star

THE Province of Negros Occidental won big in the 2017 Pearl Awards, making it to the Hall of Fame for Panaad sa Negros Festival after it was hailed Best Tourism Event-Provincial Festival Category for three straight years.

This year’s awards rite, organized by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines and the Department of Tourism, was held Friday night, October 6, at the Iloilo Convention Center in Iloilo City.

Negros Occidental first won the distinction in 2008, and again in 2014, 2015, and 2016, which elevated it to the Hall of Fame along with Laguna’s La Laguna Festival.

Ma. Lina Sanogal, provincial planning head and festival executive director, said the award is a “nice gift” as Panaad is set to turn 25.

“This award is significant as we are celebrating the 25th year of the festival next year. We are already a top destination for domestic tourists, but this latest recognition will further bring in more tourists to Negros especially to our festivals,” she said.

Sanogal noted that other provinces have been coming to Negros Occidental to benchmark with its initiatives, adding that tourism is one of the main drivers of the province’s economy.

Cristine Mansinares, provincial supervising tourism operations officer, said she considers the award a blessing for the province as Negrenses prepare for the festival’s silver anniversary on April 14 to 22, 2018.

She said the province shares the recognition to the local government units, private sector supporters, including the Pag-ugyon Negros Foundation, and all the Panaad working committees.

For this year’s Best Tourism Event award, Negros Occidental bested Bataan, Pangasinan and Bulacan.

Held every summer, usually in April, Panaad is dubbed the “festival of all festivals.”

It features the festivals of the 13 cities and 19 towns in Negros Occidental, and showcases an array of themed pavilions of 32 localities that highlights their history, arts, culture, commerce, trade and industry.

Five cities in Negros Occidental – Sipalay, Sagay, Victorias, Silay and Cadiz – also won major awards.

Grand winners were Sipalay City’s Kite Festival for Best Tourism Event-Sports Category; Sagay City, Best Tourism Month Celebration-City Category; and Sagay’s Suyac Island Journey: Coastal Communities Resources Advocacies to Boost Sustainability, Best Practices on Community-based Responsible Tourism; Sipalay was also named first runner-up for Best Tourism Month Celebration-City Category.

Second runners-up were Victorias Agri-Ecotourism Enhancement Program for Best Practices on Community-based Responsible Tourism; Silay Heritage Program, Best Community-based Heritage Conservation Project-City Category; and Cadiz City, Best Tourism-Oriented LGU-City Category.

NegOcc’s Panaad Fest makes it to tourism award’s Hall of Fame – Northbound Philippines News Online

BACOLOD CITY — The province of Negros Occidental won big in the 2017 Pearl Awards, making it to the Hall of Fame after the Panaad sa Negros Festival was hailed Best Tourism Event – Provincial Festival category for three straight years.

This year’s awards rites, organized by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines and the Department of Tourism, was held at the Iloilo Convention Center in Iloilo City Friday night.

Negros Occidental first won the distinction in 2008, and again in 2014, 2015, and 2016, which elevated it to the Hall of Fame along with Laguna’s La Laguna Festival.

Ma. Lina Sanogal, provincial planning head and festival executive director, said the award is a “nice gift” as Panaad is set to turn 25.

“This award is significant as we are celebrating the 25th year of the festival next year. We are already a top destination for domestic tourists, but this latest recognition will further bring in more tourists to Negros, especially to our festivals,” Sanogal said on Saturday.

She noted that other provinces have been coming to Negros Occidental to learn from its initiatives, adding that tourism is one of the main drivers of the province’s economy.
For this year’s award, Negros Occidental bested Bataan, Pangasinan and Bulacan.

Held every summer, usually in April, Panaad is dubbed “the festival of all festivals”.

It features the festivals of the 13 cities and 19 towns of Negros Occidental, and showcases an array of themed pavilions of 32 localities that highlight their history, arts, culture, commerce, trade and industry.

Five cities in Negros Occidental – Sipalay, Sagay, Victorias, Silay and Cadiz – also won major awards.

Grand winners were Sipalay City’s Kite Festival for Best Tourism Event – Sports category; Sagay City, Best Tourism Month Celebration – City category; and Sagay’s Suyac Island Journey: Coastal Communities Resources Advocacies to Boost Sustainability, Best Practices on Community-based Responsible Tourism.

Sipalay was also named first runner-up for Best Tourism Month Celebration – City category.
Second runners-up were Victorias Agri-Ecotourism Enhancement Program for Best Practices on Community-Based Responsible Tourism; Silay Heritage Program, Best Community-Based Heritage Conservation Project – City category; and Cadiz City, Best Tourism-Oriented LGU – City category. PNA-northboundasia.com