Here’s a 4-day itinerary for an awesome visit to the City of Smiles!
DAY 3: Panaad Park and Stadium, Bong-Bong’s Pasalubong, Hinigaran.
DAY 4: Balay Negrense, El Ideal Bakery, New Silay. Whattatrip!
On the third day of our Negros Occidental escapade, we visited one of the biggest football field in the country: the Panaad Park and Stadium. It is owned by the provincial government and serves as the adopted home of the Philippine national football team, the Azkals. It has hosted several international football matches and other sports like swimming, running, and basketball.
The field is 111×71 m in size and can accommodate around 40,000 spectators during a match.
We were so thrilled that we decided to play some football…
… and running!
The park is also the venue for the annual week-long Panaad sa Negros Festival where the 13 cities and municipalities of the region showcase themselves thru replicas of their landmarks and attractions.
Here’s a replica of the City Hall:
There’s also a small wildlife sanctuary in the park and some historical structures and artifacts, like the old train of the Central Azucarera de la Carlota and a sugar mill.
The Panaad Park and Stadium is worth a visit! Entrance is for free and you are welcome to take creative shots. Lol. So next time, I’ll take you to one of the region’s towns — my father’s hometown. Vi ses!