Text by Julius D. Mariveles and Photos by Raya Y. Rojo and Julius D. Mariveles
The Panaad sa Negros Festival, called as the ‘mother of all festivals,’ was held once again in Bacolod City. First held 20 years ago under the term of then Governor Rafael Coscolluela, Panaad sa Negros showcases the festivals of the 13 cities and 19 towns in the province.
The theme this year was interesting: “Panaad@20: Celebrating Negros as the Philippine Leader in Organic Agriculture” that aimed to highlight the growth of organic farming in the province.
I will write more about this in the future since after I have observed that some groups like the The Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation Inc. was not one of those that exhibited their technology and products during the week-long festival.
I and my godchild, Raya, had a look-see at the festival site in the village of Mansilingan last weekend. These are some of the images that we saw.
OLD TRAIN, NEW CAR | The old workhorse for the sugar mills, when canes were still brought to the centrales using tracks, is parked at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Mansilingan village… | Photo by Raya Rojo
…and is a Baldwin locomotive made in 1920 by the Baldwin Locomotive Company in Philadelphia, USA | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles
SWEET PRODUCE from the city of La Carlota. Fresh, flavored milk were also sold at the La Carlota booth | Photo by Raya Rojo
UKELELES AND FANS | Photo by Raya Rojo
A WOMAN watches over her products – giant wooden forks and giant colored fans, among others – sold at one of the booths at the Panaad Park and Stadium in the village of Mansilingan, Bacolod City | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles
A MOSAIC OF BOARD MEMBER NEHEMIAS DELA CRUZ using corn kernels and mung beans at the Don Salvador Benedicto booth at the Panaad Park and Stadium | Photo by Raya Rojo
BULAD | Fish, fish, everywhere, all of them dried at the Cadiz City booth at the Panaad Park and Stadium | Photo by Raya Rojo
DRIED FISH, STILL seen from another view | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles
EGGS at the Bacolod City booth | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles
VEGETABLE VENDOR SLEEPING | Photo by Julius D. Mariveles
MARANG, Raya’s favorite, being sold at the Murcia town booth | Photo by Raya Rojo
More images from our photowalk on my Facebook page here.