Friday, February 3, 2012

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Dinagyang a finalist in Galing Pook Awards

President Benigno Aquino III awarded Monday a plaque of recognition the Iloilo City’s Dinagyang Festival that landed a finalist slot in the Galing Pook Awards as an outstanding program of a local government unit (LGU) in 2011.

Aquino also recognized during the awarding rite in Malacañang the LGU and Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog for his role in “promoting good governance and human capital through the Dinagyang Festival.”

The plaques, signed by Nieves Confesor, chair of the Board of Trustees of the Galing Pook Foundation and Rafael Coscolluela, chairman of the Galing Pook Awards national selection committee, were received by Dinagyang Foundation chairman Ramon Cua Locsin and city tourism officer Benito Jimena in behalf of the festival and the City Government of Iloilo.

Mabilog said the city is garnering awards and recognition from international award-giving bodies for its development programs and projects.

Another latest award is the city’s recognition in the Department of Tourism and Japan International Cooperation Agency-sponsored national statistics on gathering of data with awarding ceremony set in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Mabilog said the more than 400,000 visitors witnessed the Dinagyang Festival in 2011.

For 2012, visitors registered more than half a million. (Lydia C. Pendon, SUNSTAR)

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