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Dinagyang all set to conquer Aliwan ’07

Iloilo City (18 April) -- Iloilo City tourism officer Ben Jimena said Dinagyang is all set to conquer anew ALIWAN ’07 with “larger than life” goals in the contests it will join, from April 26-28, in Metro Manila.

Jimena said the tagline “Larger than Life” boosts Dinagyang’s reputation as the only festival in Western Visayas that bears global imprints with the inclusion of the Millennium Development Goals in the tribe performances as recognized by the United Nations Conference.

Besides this recognition, Jimena said Dinagyang has earned the reputation as Best Practice in Local Governance and Best Tourism event in the Philippines.

Jimena also said that these citations will make Iloilo as the “Next Big Thing” through the Dinagyang’s aggressive and prestigious participation in this Aliwan ’07.

Dinagyang will be joining four events, the Dance Contest, the Reyna Ng Aliwan, Float contest and the Aliwan Bazaar.

Tribu Ilonganon and Tribu Kahilwayan will be Dinagyang’s entries in the Dance Parade Competition, which will begin at the Quirino Grandstand and end at the CCP Complex. The tribes will perform for five minutes each in two judging areas, wherein they will depict Filipino culture, tradition and values.

Tribe leaders for Ilonganon and Kahilwayan said they have already completed their choreography and sequence to fit the five-minute performance time, and have selected their number of performers which consist of 58 warriors, 18 lead dancers and 44 drumers.

At stake in the Dance Competition is 1,000,000 pesos for the first place, 500,000,second place, 250,000, third place and 50,000 for the seven runners up.

Dinagyang will also vie in the Float Competition with a float made of indigenous materials, mounted on it will be a big Ati warrior representing a group of the Ati aborigines as depicted in history that occupied Iloilo. At stake is half a million pesos for the grand prize.

To represent Dinagyang for the Reyna ng Aliwan Competition is this year’s Miss Dinagayang, Ms. Cara Jeanne Sullano.

Dinagyang souvenir items, like Dagoy key chains, Ilonggo delicacies, T-shirts and others, will be exhibited for sale at the Aliwan Bazaar.

Ben Jimena told the media in a press conference that although winning the grand prizes is an overriding aim for Dinagyang, it is not necessarily the main objective.

“It is the promotion of Iloilo City on the whole that we are after,” Ben Jimena said.

He added that Dinagyang has remarkable track record in the Aliwan festival since 2003 – Atub-Atub, first runner up, Ms. Dinagyang, 2nd runner up, Float, 2nd runner up; 2004 – Atub-Atub, champion, Float, honorable mention; 2005 – Silak, 2nd runner up; Float, honorable mention; and 2006 – Ilonganon, 1st runner up, Tultugan, honorable mention and Ms. Dinagyang, 2nd runner up. (PIA/ES Subong) [top]

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