PIA Press Release
Friday, January 20, 2012
Graceful majorettes wow visitors of Dinagayang festivalBy TWVillavert
ILOILO CITY, Jan 20 (PIA 6) -- Foreign and domestic visitors who earlier came to Iloilo City to witness the world-famous Dinagyang were treated to various performances of majorettes in their choreographed dance and baton twirling exhibitions which rhythmically blend with the band.
The activity is Tambor, Trumpa, Martsa, Musika contest among Drum and Bugle Corps in the city and province of Iloilo, as one of the highlights of the Dinagyang Festival.
Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said as he lauded the elementary pupils and high school students that the activity ushers this year’s hosting of the pride of the City- the Dinagyang Festival- “in time with our diamond jubilee year celebration this year”.
“We honor Sr. Santo Nino, who has protected us and given us the blessings that we need in Iloilo City, as we work together for the general welfare of the Ilonggos,” Mabilog said in his message prior to the declaration of the opening of the contest which was participated in by 12 elementary schools and 3 high schools in the city and province of Iloilo.
The winners of the contest will be announced and awarded during the grand awarding ceremony of the Dinagyang Festival on Sunday night, January 22.
The contestants were each required to perform an Ilonggo folksong and a free choice medley composition, for ten minutes.
Dinagyang festival, set January 20-22 this year, evolved from the veneration of Sto. Nino in 1968 when Fr. Sulpicio Enderes, OSA brought a replica of the image of Sr. Santo Niño to the San Jose Parish Church in Iloilo City, until the street dancing and Ati-ati and Mardi-gras competions have been infused to make a distinction from other festivals in the country.