Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2013 Launched

The Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. (IDFI) has officially launched yesterday the 45th Dinagyang festival set on January 26-27 next year.

The launching started after a mass held at San Jose Parish Church (SJPC). It was followed by the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the IDFI represented by President Ramon Cua Locsin, the Iloilo City Government through the City Tourism Office, and SJPC led by Parish Priest Raymundo Edzel Alcayaga at the rooftop of the Iloilo City Hall building.

Iloilo City Tourism Officer Benito Jimena said this early launching will help interested participants to prepare early.

He said Iloilo Dinagyang has been known as the Best Tourism Event in the country and this will remain as the Ilonggos' pride.

"We have done a lot to make Iloilo Dinagyang as a premier festival so we have to think of some useful strategies to have a better preparation in order to invite more visitors to come to Iloilo," he said.

The foundation also eyes the adoption of the same set-up last year where the final performance area was the Iloilo Sports Complex in La Paz district, instead of the Freedom Grandstand.

Jimena said the sports complex, which is more accessible to everybody, could cater to more than 25,000 people compared to the Freedom Grandstand that can accommodate almost 5,000 people.

He added that the sports complex is just a few meters away from the judging areas at St. Clement's Church and the Iloilo Provincial Capitol.

Jimena added that common activities like food festival and live bands in the downtown area will be retained.

Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. said the use of the complex is okay as long as there will be no damages in the area.

The Iloilo Provincial Government gave a cash aid of P 200,000 to the foundation aside from allowing the use of the complex last year.

The complex served as Judging Area No. 1 while the other judging areas were located at the front of St. Clements Church on Luna Street, La Paz (area 2), old Capitol building (area 3) and Freedom grandstand (area 4).*

source: http://iloilonewstoday.com/index.php/opinion/other-views/10964-iloilo-dinagyang-2013-launched-

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