17 festival entries perform at Parade of Festivals
Iloilo City (28 October) -- A total of 17 festival entries from the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Negros Occidental awed the crowd that gathered at the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand and the parade routes to witness the Regional Parade of Festivals held in this city yesterday (October 27).
Though not a competition, the festival entries were given 10 minutes each to execute their performance. However, a special recognition with a corresponding P5,000 cash award was given to each of the 5 best performing groups selected by the board of judges.
Regional Developement Council VI (RDC) Chairperson Governor Sally Zaldivar Perez and DOT VI Director Edwin Trompeta give a hearty applause after the performance of the Pahinis Festival of Lauan, Antique during the Regional Parade of Festivals held at the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand, Iloilo City October 27. The Parade of Festivals is one of the events of the week-long Western Visayas Tourism Assembly that showcased the 17 performing festivals from the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Negros Occidental. (PIA 6)
The Iloilo festivals that performed were the Tinuom Festival of Cabatuan, Pandayan of Badiangan, Saad of Leganes, Lanot of Janiauy, Cry of Jelicuon of New Lucena, Kahilwayan of Sta. Barbara, Pintados de Passi of Passi City, Banaag of Anilao and Dinagyang of Iloilo City.
It was the world-famous Ati-Atihan of Kalibo and Bariw of Nabas that performed for the province of Aklan.
On the other hand the province of Negros Occidental showcased the Masskara of Bacolod City and the Babaylan of Bago City.
DOT Undersecretary Oscar Palabyab and DOT VI Director Edwin Trompeta get a taste of the famous "Tinuom" of Cabatuan, Iloilo while watching the group representing the Tinuom Festival perform during the Regional Parade of Festivals held at the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand, Iloilo City October 27. Tinuom Festival is one of the 17 festival entries which participated in the event during the week-long Western Visayas Tourism Assembly held here in Iloilo City. Tinuom is a native chicken menu cooked in spices and broth wrapped in Banana leaves.
The province of Antique featured two of its festivals during the event that include the Binirayan and the Pahinis Festival of Laua-an.
The province of Guimaras has its Manggahan Festival while the province of Capiz its Sinadya sa Halaran.
The Parade of Festivals is one of the featured events of the week - long Western Visayas Tourism Assembly which is an off -shoot of the "WOW Philippines, Best of the Regions" held for the past years in Intramuros, Manila.
DOT Undersecretary Oscar Palabyab and Regional Development Council VI Chairperson Governor Sally Zaldivar Perez were among the officials who graced the half-day event. (PIA) [top]