“We promise to bring you the best Panaad sa Negros Festival in the future.For now, stay healthy and keep safe everyone!” they added. “Despite the initial preparations, the health, safety and well-being ofall Negrosanons are still the priority,” Lacson said. The organizers of the said festival already posted on their officialFacebook page the cancelation of the event. At that time, the provincial government said they will continue workingon the preparations for Panaad 2020 since the COVID-19 spread may no longerexist in April. “We are all excited for Panaad sa Negros Festival 2020. However, thehealth and safety of our fellow Negrenses are our top priority,” the organizerssaid. They added, however, that they are willing to cancel or postpone thefestival if the need arises in order to not sacrifice the health of its people.(With a report from PNA/PN) Municipal and city mayors of Negros Occidental meet with Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer during the Negros Association of Chief Executives assembly in Talisay City on March 16. They unanimously agreed to cancel the staging of the 27th Panaad sa Negros Festival on April 20 to 26 amid the 2019 coronavirus disease outbreak. PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OF NEGROS OCCIDENTAL BACOLOD City – The Negros Occidental provincial government hascancelled the staging of the 27th Panaad sa Negros Festival on April 20 to 26amid the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Dubbed as the “Festival of All Festivals,” Panaad sa Negros showcasesthe 32-themed pavilions of each city and municipality of the province. They aredesigned either as replicas of their own municipal or city hall, or it can evenbe their famous products. The top provincial officials and the local chief executives unanimouslyagreed to cancel this year’s edition of the festival. This year’s edition of the Panaad Festival – supposedly the first underthe leadership of Lacson and Ferrer – was launched on Feb.11 with the theme,“The Future is Now!” The decision was made after Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Vice Gov.Jeffrey Ferrer met with the mayors of the towns and cities during the NegrosAssociation of Chief Executives assembly in Talisay City on March 16.