first_imgPERFORMANCE PREVIEW. Dancers of Dinagyang tribe Panayanon give a sneak peek of their performance during the festival’s opening salvo at the Iloilo City Freedom Grandstand. Yesterday’s opening salvo kicked off the annual festival famous the world over for its participants’ impressive choreography and striking costumes. The tribes contest is on Jan. 26. Dinagyang is the Hiligaynon word for revelry or merrymaking. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * Ilonganonof Jalandoni NHS – Tariktik (Horn Bill) It has beenvoted the “best tourism event” three times in a row – 2006, 2007 and 2008 – bythe Association of Tourism Officers in the Philippines. He reminded them,though, of the real essence of Dinagyang – devotion to the Sto. Niño (HolyChild Jesus). Dinagyang isknown for its participants’ impressive choreography and striking costumes thatreflect Ilonggo ingenuity, craftsmanship and artistry. * Festive Parade Sponsors Mardi Gras – Jan. 25 * Miss Iloilo 2020 – Jan. 23 The IFFIlined up the following official Dinagyang activities: * Salognon ofJaro NHS – Miro (Civet Cat) The citygovernment tapped the newly organized IFFI – made up of prominent Ilonggobusinessmen – to handle this year’s Dinagyang. PreviousDinagyang festivals were organized by the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation, Inc. butTreñas had a falling out with it in January 2019; he was not invited to thefestival last year. Alsoyesterday, barangay-based tribes participating in the Dagyang sa Calle Realshowed a sneak peek of their performance. * Iloilo Dinagyang Art Festival – Jan. 18 to 25 The eighttribes yesterday showcased endangered faunas endemic to Panay Island’s mountainranges. These were the following. “We will bepleasantly surprised. The Iloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc. (IFFI) has lined upa lot of exciting activities,” said Treñas. According toTreñas, the huge crowds attending the nightly rehearsals of the eightcontingents competing in the Dinagyang 360° atitribes contest were indicative of the huge volume of spectators expected towatch the festival’s highlight on Jan. 26. * Dinagyang 360° atitribes competition – Jan. 26 “I am verypleased,” said Treñas. Dinagyang isthe Hiligaynon word for revelry or merrymaking.center_img * Baybayanonof Melchor L. Nava NHS – Ilahas nga Manok DinagyangFestival started in 1967. A replica of the Santo Niño de Cebu was brought fromCebu to the San Jose de Placer Church. The image was enthusiastically receivedby the Ilonggos who danced on the streets of Iloilo City. ILOILO City –This year’s Dinagyang is the festival’s biggest edition in years, according toMayor Jerry Treñas during yesterday’s opening salvo where participatingcontingents treated spectators to a preview of their performances on Jan. 26. * Paghidaetof La Paz NHS – Banog (Hawk) * religious sadsad –Jan. 25 * Panayanonof Iloilo City National High School (NHS) – Visayan Spotted Deer * Hugponganonof Tiu Cho Teg-Ana Ros Foundation Integrated School – Maral (Leopard Cat) * fireworks display – Jan. 24 * Baryohanonof Bo. Obrero NHS – Murogmon (Owl) * Tambor Trumpa Martsa Musika – Jan. 24 * Dagatnon ofRamon Avanceña Memorial NHS – Maradyang (Panay Striped Babbler) Yesterday’sopening salvo was held at the Iloilo City Freedom Grandstand. Treñas made apublic appeal. “Let us please make this year’s Dinagyang the most peacefuledition of our festival, too,” he said. The openingsalvo was capped by a fireworks display at the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand./PN * Ilonggo Food Festival – Jan. 23 to 26 * Floats Parade of Lights – Jan. 24 * Dinagyang sa Calle Real – Jan. 25 * fluvial and solemn foot procession – Jan. 24last_img

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