Panaad sa Negros Festival was conceptualized in 1993 by the Provincial Government and representatives of the private sector to showcase the festivals of each of the then six (6) cities and 26 municipalities of Negros Occidental – their history, cultural heritage, commerce and industry and tourism potential. This was to be a yearly summer event for Negrenses, both here and abroad, to look forward to and come home for.

The first Panaad sa Negros Festival was a three-day affair in 1993 that started April 30, a significant day because on this day in 1901 Negros Occidental became a separate and distinct province from Negros Oriental. The separation and incorporation of both Negros provinces was to take effect on May 1, 1901.

The festival was held at the Provincial Park and Lagoon fronting the Provincial Capitol for the first four years. As the festival grows each year, it became necessary to look for a bigger venue. In 1997, the festival was held at the reclaimed area near where BREDCO Port is located now.

Panaad Park Stadium Construction:

The construction of the Panaad stadium and swimming complex in Mansilingan, Bacolod City for the Palarong Pambansa in 1998 paved the way for the establishment of the Panaad Park as the permanent home of the festival. The park hosts the pavilions of the now 19 municipalities and 13 cities of Negros Occidental, including the highly urbanized provincial capital, Bacolod City.

The football field is the battleground for the determination of the “Best of the Festival Dances”, and the Drum and Bugle competitions, among other events.

The stadium, which can accommodate around 25,000 spectators in its main grandstand and open bleachers, is the main venue for the cultural presentations, LGU competitions, concerts, and the festival highlight, the search for the “Lin-ay sang Negros”, the lady who epitomizes the ideal Negrense woman.

The festival is supported by the Pag-ugyon Negros Foundation, Inc. and various corporate sponsors attracted by its magnitude and the large crowds it generates.