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Dinagyang Festival 2012 Grand Opening Salvo January 13, 2012 2:00 P.M.

All 13 participating tribes for the Ati-ati contest will showcase their choreographed street dancing, colorful costumes and unique music for the opening salvo as it marks the start of week-long annual Dinagyang religious festival in honor of Sr. Sto. Nino that will be highlighted on January 20-22.

Among the participating tribes for Ati category on January 22 are Aninipay, Angola, Atub-atub, Bantu, Ilonganon, Milagrosa, Molave, Pag-asa, Paghidaet, Pan-ay, Salognon, Lunok and one new participating tribe of Buntatalan-on.

According to Benito Jimena, city tourism officer, this opening salvo is not just for the tribe to dance but for the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. (IDFI) to see the quality and preparedness of each tribe for the upcoming competition.

“Each tribe is required to perform seven minutes of their dance steps”, he said.

Jimena also said several judges will be roaming around to adjudge the behavior and performance of every tribe.

A cash prize of P20,000 for the best in over-all performance, P15,000 for best in discipline and another P15,000 for best in costume await winning tribes during the Ati-ati competition on January 22.

Champion for the Ati contest will be receiving cash prize of P150,000, first prize; P80,000, second prize; P60,000, third prize; P 40, 000 and fourth prize; P30,000 plus trophy for each tribe winner.

Meanwhile, a day before the Ati competition, 13 tribes will also participate on the Kasadyahan contest, however, only nine are competing tribes while the four are non-competing tribes.

The grand champion for Kasadyahan contest will be receiving cash prize of P125,000 to be followed by the P75,000 for the 1st prize, P50,000 for 2nd prize, and P40,000 and P30,000 for the 3rd and 4th placer, respectively, plus trophy for each winner. (PNA)


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