Treņas: Dinagyang is Iloilo's pride
Iloilo City (23 January) -- Mayor Jerry P. Treņas of this premier city said Dinagyang is a source of pride for Ilonggos because the festival is now in the hall of fame as the country's best tourism event.
The hall of fame title was conferred on the festival by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines after besting other festivals in the country for three consecutive years until last year.
Treņas led the start of the competitions of this year's Dinagyang beginning with the Kasadyahan Festival Saturday, January 23, which he declared officially open during the opening ceremonies at the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand.
With Treņas were city vice mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, other city officials, officials of the Dinagyang foundation, and guests. Dozens of media organizations and practitioners showed up here to cover the event.
The city mayor attributed the prestige and acclaim achieved by Dinagyang to public and private sector (including business) collaboration as well as the relentless support of various sectors of the community especially the Church.
The yearly festival is held in honor of the Sr. Sto. Niņo or the Holy Child Jesus. It is also in line with the government tourism program spearheaded by the Department of Tourism.
Nine tribes or cultural groups mostly coming from the municipalities of the province and Tribu Mandurriaonon of Mandurriao National High School as lone contestant from this city participated in the Kasadyahan competition.
Two tribes namely Tribu Lambo-Linaw of Lambunao town and Hubon Palayag of Guimaras province joined as non-contesting groups.
The board of judges was composed of personalities who are known or have excelled in the performing arts and related fields.
The Ati tribe competition will be held today, January 24 with 16 contesting tribes. (PIA 6) [top]