Owned by the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental, the Panaad Park is located in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City. It is well-known for it houses different sport tournaments- local, national, and even ASEAN games. Its name “Panaad” is a hiligaynon word that means “promise”.
Panaad Park was built in August 1997 and was completed the following year because of the 1998 Centennial Palarong Pambansa. This 25-hectare park is surrounded by about 60,000 Eucalyptus trees. It has a rubberized oval where jogging, aerobics, track and field, and running competitions are held. It has 2 swimming pools. One is an over-sized pool used during Olympics. The other pool is a standard pool where everyone is welcome. There are picnic huts around the pool designed for an enjoyable family time.
This park has a wide stadium, known as the Panaad Stadium. It is often used to hold concerts and games. It can hold up to 20,000 occupants (including standing areas) with a seating capacity of 15,500.
During summer, Panaad Park has its own festival known as “Panaad sa Negros”. During this event, all cities and municipalities all over the province of Negros Occidental are brought together to exhibit their history, art and culture, tourism, and products. It is a very exciting event for you will see their pavillions, each with a unique theme. No wonder it is considered as “The Festival of Festivals”.
Some major activities that Panaad Park had housed were 1998 Centennial Palaro, 22nd Southeast Asian Age Group Swimming Championships, ASEAN under 19 Football Championship, ASEAN Secondary Level Track and Field Competition, Philippine Football League, and many more. Housing these major events, Panaad Park is considered as the “Home of Sports” in the Negros province.