Monday, January 30, 2012

Jaro Cathedral declared National Marian Shrine

The famous Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral will be formally declared as the National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles during a 7AM Mass on February 2, the feast day of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria.

A shrine is defined by Canon Law as a church or a sacred place which is by reason of special devotion is frequented by the faithful as pilgrims, according to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

For a church to be called a “national shrine,” it has to be given recognition by the CBCP. A “local shrine” is when such official recognition is given by the bishop of the place.

On July 16, 2011 the Jaro Cathedral was elevated into a national shrine by the CBCP.

The yearly pilgrimage to the shrine in February and the daily devotions of the people coming from afar bringing with them testimonies of divine interventions and spiritual graces, attest to the reality that the Our Lady of the Candles is indeed Mother to the people of Western Visayas, said Fr. Mickey Cardenas, director of Theological Centrum.

Novena Masses are celebrated daily in the Cathedral from January 24 to February 1 in preparation for the feast day of Our Lady.

On February 1 after the 5.30PM Novena Mass, vespers will be celebrated to be followed by the Coronation of the image of Our Lady of Candles located in the balcony of the facade of the Cathedral.

On February 2, 11 Masses will be celebrated at the high altar of the Cathedral starting at 4.30AM with two high Masses celebrated at 7AM by Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo and a 5.30PM to be presided by Capiz Archbishop Jose Advincula.

The formal declaration as National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles will coincide with the 30th anniversary of her Canonical Coronation and of naming her as Patroness of Western Visayas.

On February 21, 1981, the image of Our Lady of Candles was canonically crowned by the Blessed Pope John Paul II— the only Marian image in the Philippines that was canonically crowned by a Pope.

The Marian image is venerated not just by the people of Jaro but also by the people of Western Visayas and beyond.

On April 21, 1982, Blessed Pope John Paul II named Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria as Patroness of Western Visayas.

Both canonical coronation and the naming of the image as Patroness are official recognitions of what has already been a fact in the spiritual life not just of the people of Panay but also of the whole Western Visayas, and those who trace their roots to the locale, said Cardenas.

Jaro will also celebrate the 425th anniversary of the establishment of Parish of Jaro, under the care of the Augustinians on April 25, 1587 under the protection of Our Lady of the Nativity.

Before the National Shrine of Our Lady of Candles which the second in the Visayas, there were 18 National Shrines in the Philippines recognized by CBCP, four of which are Minor Basilicas (a papal privilege granted to certain churches).

The 18 National Shrines are: Basilica of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Naga City; Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz, Binondo, Manila; Basilica of the Santo Niño, Cebu City; Basilica of St. Sebastian, National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Quiapo, Manila; National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, Antipolo City; National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Silang, Cavite; National Shrine of the Divine Mercy, Marilao, Bulacan; National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Marulas, Valenzuela City; St. Anne National Shrine, Hagonoy, Bulacan; National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Quezon City; National Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Quezon City; National Shrine of St. Michael and the Archangels, San Miguel, Manila; National Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Makati City; National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, Parañaque City; National Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Baclaran, Parañaque; National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Sucat, Muntinlupa City; National Shrine of Our Lady Queen of Peace (Edsa Shrine), Ortigas, Mandaluyong City; National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Makati City. (with CBCP News)

Friday, January 27, 2012

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40th ILOILO Paraw Regatta Festival 2012 Schedule

Iloilo Paraw Regatta 2012 Schedule of Activities
2012 Iloilo Paraw Regatta Festival - 40th Edition Tentative Schedule of Activities (February 12 To 19, 2012)

December 10, 2012 (Saturday)
12:00 NN Festival Launching Tatoy's Manokan


February 12, 2012 (Sunday)
7:00 AM Mass Offering Villa Arevalo Parish Church
9:00AM Fellowship Breakfast Tatoy's Manokan

Formal Opening Program: 2012 Iloilo Paraw Regatta Festival Freedom Grandstand
5:00 PM Cocktails
6:00 PM JBLFMU Cultural Presentation
7:00 PM Presentation of Official Candidates:
2012 Miss Iloilo Paraw Regatta Festival
8:00 PM Gma Variety Show & Fireworks

February 13, 2012 (Monday)
10:00 AM Start of The "Pinta Layag" Sail Painting Contest Around Villa
10:30 AM Opening of The Photo Exhibit (Feb 13 To 20, 2012) Mall Venue
10:45 AM Opening of The Miniature Paraw-Making Contest
(Feb 13 To 20, 2012)
Mall Venue
11:00 AM Opening of The Iloilo Watercraft Association Exhibit
(Feb 13 To 19, 2012)
Mall Venue
4:00 PM 2012 Miss Iloilo Paraw Regatta Pre-Pageant Event:
Talent Competition
Mall Venue

February 14, 2012 (Tuesday)
4:00 PM 2012 Miss Iloilo Paraw Regatta Pre-Pageant:
Festival Costume Competition Swimsuit Competition
Mall Venue

February 15, 2012 (Wednesday)

2012 Miss Iloilo Paraw Regatta Pre-Pageant: Evening Gown Competition Interview Competition Selection of The Iloilo City Hall Press Corps, " Darling of The Press" Mall Venue

February 16, 2012 (Thursday)
6:00 PM 2012 Iloilo Paraw Regatta Festival Torch Parade Major City Streets

February 17, 2012 (Friday)
12:00 NN 2012 Iloilo Paraw Regatta Rowing & Paddling Competitions Along Iloilo River
7:00 PM 2012 Miss Iloilo Paraw Regatta Pageant Coronation Night Freedon Grandstand

February 18, 2012 (Saturday)
7:00 AM Send-Off Mass Governor's Cup Deep-Sea Fishing Competition Fort San Pedro Drive Inn
9:00 AM 2012 Iloilo Paraw Regatta Invitational Men's
Beach Football Eliminations
Villa Regatta Beach Front
10:00 AM 2012 Iloilo Paraw Regatta Invitational Beach Ultimate Eliminations Villa Regatta Beach Front
9:00 AM 1st Iloilo Paraw Regatta Jet Ski Competition Breakthrough Restaurant Beach Front
8:00 AM Flatland Skimboarding Clinic Villa Regatta Beachfront
6:00 PM Gma Network's "Reggae-Ta" & Kapuso Night Beach Party Main Festival Stage Tatoy's Villa
10:00 PM "Luces By The Sea" - A Fireworks Display Main Festival Stage Tatoy's Manokan

February 19, 2012 (Sunday)
5:00 AM Main Paraw Reagta Event: Registration of Participants Measurements of Paraws Villa Beach Shoreline
6:00 AM "Pinta Layag" Final Judging Villa Beach Shoreline
6:00 AM Festival Photo Contest (Awarding On March 4, 2012 at Tatoy's Manokan, Villa Beach, Arevalo, Iloilo City) Villa Beach Shoreline
8:00 AM "Pintawo" A Body-Painting Competition Breakthrough Restaurant
7:00 AM Opening ProgrAM & Opening Declaration of Race Main Festival Stage Tatoy's Manokan
7:30 AM 2012 Iloilo Paraw Regatta - 39th Edition Grand Take-Off
8:00 AM John B. Lacson Maritime
Foundation Cultural Dance Troupe
8:00 AM Mini Paraw Beach Race Villa Beach Shoreline
8:00 AM 2012 Iloilo Paraw Regatta Invitational Women's
Beach Volleyball Finals
Villa Regatta Beach Front
8:00 AM Sports Photo Contest Villa Regatta Beach Front
9:00 AM 2012 Iloilo Paraw Regatta Invitational Men's
Beach Football Finals
Villa Regatta Beach Front
10:00 AM 2012 Iloilo Paraw Regatta Invitational Women's
Beach Football Finals
Villa Regatta Beach Front
10:00 AM 2012 Iloilo Beach Ultimate Finals Villa Regatta Beach Front
12:00 NN Arrival of The Deep-Sea Fishing Competition Participants Main Festival Stage Tatoy's Manokan

2012 Iloilo Paraw Regatta Closing Ceremonies: Main Festival Stage Tatoy's Manokan
3:00 PM First Awarding Ceremonies - Main Regatta Event Winners
6:00 PM Second Awarding Ceremonies - Special Events
7:00 PM Beach Party and Gma Variety Show with Fireworks

Sunday, January 22, 2012

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Dinagyang Festival and Kasadyahan 2012 Results/Winners

Dinagyang Festival Ati Streetdance Competition Winners:

Champion – Tribu Pan-ay(Fort San Pedro National High School)
1st runner-up – Tribu Lunok(Iloilo City National High School)
2nd runner-up – Tribu Ilonganon(Jalandoni National High School)
3rd runner-up – Tribu Paghidaet(Lapaz National High School)
4th runner-up – Tribu Atub-Atub


Dinagyang Festival 2012 Opening Salvo:

Best in Costume - Tribu Pan-ay
Best in Discipline - Tribu Pan-ay
Best Performance - Tribu Pan-ay


Special Awards:

Best in Street Dancing – Tribu Lunok
Best Headdress – Tribu Paghidaet
Best in Discipline – Tribu Paghidaet
Best Costume Designer – Tribu Pan-ay
Best Musical Director – Tribu Pan-ay
Best Choreographer – Tribu Pan-ay


Minor Awards:

Best in Music – Tribu Pan-ay
Best in Choreography – Tribu Pan-ay
Best in Performance – Tribu Pan-ay

Kasadyahan 2012 Winners:

Champion – Salakayan of Miag-ao, Iloilo
1st runner-up – Mandaragat of San Jose, Antique
2nd runner-up – Sinulog of Sibunag, Guimaras
3rd runner-up – Maragtas of West Visayas State University

image from: habagatcentral.com

Thursday, January 19, 2012

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Dinagyang Festival stages go Wi-Fi, Live streaming

Watch and share online in real time the Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2012 spectacular performances highlight on Sunday morning.

Spectators with hi-tech gadgets will have access to free Wi-Fi connections at Stage 1 Freedom Grandstand and Stage 4 Iloilo Sports Complex courtesy of PLDT while Globe pledged for the wireless connectivity at Stage 3 Luna-Huervana Junction, said City Tourism Officer Ben Jimena.

The public is advised to take care of their valuables and belongings as part of safety and security measures.  

The online connection will make it fast and easy access for the public and media to share Dinagyang’s pageantry as it unfolds globally through the Internet.

Enthusiasts will be able to swiftly post Dinagyang photos and updates on social networking sites.

Travel website www.choosephils.com will have a live streaming of the country’s best tourism event with iChoose Dinagyang starting at 7:30am to 12 noon.

Ilonggos abroad will have the chance to see Dinagyang and feel closer to home – thanks to the wonders of technology.
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16 schools vie in 2012 Tambor Trumpa Martsa Musika contest

Sixteen elementary and secondary schools will compete in the Tambor Trumpa Martsa Musika of this year’s Dinagyang Festival, which has been cited as the country’s best tourism event.

The Drum and Bugle Corp competition will be held Jan. 20, ushering in the festival highlights – the 1st Regional Kasadyahan Cultural Competition on Jan. 21 and ati-ati Competition on Jan. 22.

City Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Nelly Valerio, Tambor Trumpa Martsa Musika Committee Chairman said 13 elementary schools and three secondary schools have confirmed their participation in the competition.

Of the 13 participating elementary schools, five are from the Iloilo province and eight from Iloilo City.

The five schools from Iloilo province are:

  • Alimodian Central Elementary School
  • Alibango Elementary School
  • Dingle Central Elementary School
  • Mina Central Elementary School, and
  • Guimbal Central Elementary School.

The eight city schools are:
  • Iloilo Central Elementary School
  • Rizal Elementary School
  • A. Montes I Elementary School
  • La Paz I Elementary School
  • Jaro II Elementary School
  • Mandurriao Elementary School
  • I. Arroyo Elementary School, and
  • Arevalo Elementary School.

The three competing schools in the secondary level are:
  • Dingle National High School
  • Mina National High School, and
  • Ramon Avancena National High School.

Contestants are required to perform two pieces, an Ilonggo Folksong and a free choice of medley composition during the competition.

They will be judged on drill formation (40 percent) and music (60 percent) during their performance at the Freedom Grandstand which will start at 8 a.m.Valerio said in a broadcast interview that first place will get P25,000; second place – P20,000; and third place – P15,000; and consolation prizes of P5,000 each.

image source: pia.gov.ph

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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Miss Dinagyang 2012 Costume Photos

Here are some photos you want to see on Miss Dinagyang 2012 in thier lovely dinagyang costume.

The Miss Dinagyang 2012 pageant is at full blast, with the culminating event to be held on January 18, 2012 at the Central Philippine University.

Actor Xian Lim of “My Binondo Girl” is also confirmed to serenade the Miss Dinagyang 2012 candidates during the coronation night.


Click here for photos: 
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2961710716398.2142907.1070475889&type=3

Monday, January 16, 2012

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The Dinagyang: It’s More Fun in Iloilo City

an essay by Roger B Rueda

The festive spirit is now permeating the city with the approach of the Dinagyang as Iloilo City holds it every fourth week of January. It’s a marvellous festival in the tradition of the Ilonggo origin, diversity, and Christianisation. It’s killing the fatted calf. It’s lively as a grig.

Every year, the city streets seem to be a sea of multi-coloured people. It’s breath-taking, a delight to watch. It’s a fabulous sight - it's fresh, varied, fun. Everyone is in a mood to celebrate.

The Dinagyang dance is vigorous, but full of subtlety. It fills us with a sense of awe over and over again. Their step design is very novel, yet intrinsically Ilonggo. The Dinagyang tribes dance down the streets to the next judging area.

The tribes have got it all so nice. How artistic they always are with colours! They are invitingly vivacious. They all have extraordinary vibrancy as they dance with great passion. The warriors are bonded by a spirit that is truly Ilonggo.

The Dinagyang shows more than an Ilonggo cultural and religious inheritance. It remains a valuable showcase for Ilonggo talent. For one, Ilonggos have got a lot of talent, and it has been their brilliant talent and performance that established their reputation across many countries. The Dinagyang includes several other festivals such as on film and the Kasadyahan, where the best of other festivals in the West Visayas participate. Some fairs, by the way, at the Dinagyang offer crafts and food as they celebrate the unique character of Ilonggos.

The city’s blessing of prosperity is celebrated with the fiesta. It is a celebration of life, love, and passion. Ilonggos are genuinely appreciative of all the success they’ve had, for one thing.

Any spectator can enjoy the liveliness of it with the rhythmical beat of the drums. For one thing, it has a lot of fantastical aspects: The dances have stories to tell as one’s thought can be in a whirl. Even from a distance the effect of the Dinagyang costumes is stunning. Its ambience is uniquely favourable to merrymaking. Everybody can go on the town.

Ilonggos are wonderful fun to be with, don’t worry. They are hospitable and welcoming. So any tourist can go out of her way to eat and mingle with the locals, or go on a bender. Grills are across the streets. One can strut her stuff and be on the tiles. Shindigs are all over. Live through the bopping and jiggling the night away and the jollity of the celebration.

Experience Iloilo City as it goes global through the Dinagyang! See you here this week. You still have time to join in the fun.

source: http://www.facebook.com/notes/roger-b-rueda/the-dinagyang-its-more-fun-in-iloilo-city/10150590770616779

Sunday, January 15, 2012

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Dinagyang 2012 Opening Salvo - Tribu Milagrosa Video Performance

Each Ati-ati tribe contestants showcased a sneak preview on what to see on 22nd of January. Watch Tribu Milagrosa Video Performance from Zarraga National High School during the Opening Salvo of Dinagyang Festival 2012.



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Dinagyang 2012 Opening Salvo - Tribu Lunok Video Performance

Each Ati-ati tribe contestants showcased a sneak preview on what to see on 22nd of January. Watch Tribu Lunok Video Performance from Iloilo City National High School during the Opening Salvo of Dinagyang Festival 2012.

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Dinagyang 2012 Opening Salvo - Tribu Salognon Video Performance

Each Ati-ati tribe contestants showcased a sneak preview on what to see on 22nd of January. Watch Tribu Salognon Video Performance from Jaro National High School during the Opening Salvo of Dinagyang Festival 2012.

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Dinagyang 2012 Opening Salvo - Tribu Pan-ay Video Performance

Each Ati-ati tribe contestants showcased a sneak preview on what to see on 22nd of January. Watch Tribu Pan-ay Video Performance from Fort San Pedro National High School during the Opening Salvo of Dinagyang Festival 2012.

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Dinagyang 2012 Opening Salvo - Buntatalan-on Video Performance

Each Ati-ati tribe contestants showcased a sneak preview on what to see on 22nd of January. Watch Tribu Buntatalan-on Video Performance From Brgy. Buntatala, Jaro, Iloilo City during the Opening Salvo of Dinagyang Festival 2012.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

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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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Dinagyang Festival 2012 Order of Performance

Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Incorporated (IDFI) have just released the order of performance of the 13 tribes that participates in Ati-Ati Tribes Competition it the highlight of Dinagyang Festival 2012 on January 22, 2012.
  1. Tribu Paghidaet - Lapaz National High School
  2. Tribu Buntatalan-on - Brgy. Buntatala, Jaro, Iloilo City
  3. Tribu Salugnon - Jaro National High School
  4. Tribu Lunok - Iloilo City High School
  5. Tribu Milagrosa (incorporate with Tribu Pantat of Zarraga, Iloilo)
  6. Tribu Pag-asa
  7. Tribu Ilonganon
  8. Tribu Molave
  9. Tribu Atub-Atob
  10. Tribu Aninipay
  11. Tribu Pan-ay
  12. Tribu Anggola
  13. Tribu Bantu

This 13 tribe will perform in 4 judging areas from Iloilo Freedom Grandstand, Iloilo Provincial Capitol area, Huervana-Luna, Lapaz and Iloilo Sports Complex.

The last year's Top 8 tribe will be given a P280,000 subsidy and the 9th until 13th placer will be given P235,000 each.
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(I'll Do Anything) Para Sa'yo - David DiMuzio (Official Music Video)

I recently stumbled on a music video by Facebook sensation David DiMuzio and also starring Jacq Yu. "(I'll Do Anything) Para Sa'yo" Feat. Top Suzara, Written by David DiMuzio. Song ending written & sung by Top Suzara sampled with permission from his hit "Sabihin Mo Na". This taglish song is the second single from David's self-titled album available now on iTunes.

This was Video Shot in ILOILO specifically in Plazuela de Iloilo, Smallville, and Wilfredo's Garden(in Oton, Iloilo).

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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Traffic Re-routing for Dinagyang Festival Opening Salvo January 13

Traffic Plan of OPENING SALVO 2012 on January 13, 2012 at 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon.

A.) ROUTE OF PARADE

The Parade will start from MAPA ST. going to FREEDOM GRANDSTAND and pass through JM BASA to F. CARAM AVENUE turn left to GEN. LUNA turn right to BONIFACIO DRIVE towardsLUNA LAPAZ passing WVSU (Elementary entrance gate) to ILOILO SPORTS COMPLEX for their final performance up to West Bridge School as their dispersal area.


ROUTE OF VEHICLES (CITY LOOP PUJ’s)


A.)JARO CPU / JARO LIKO / NFA PUJ’s

All JARO CPU / JARO LIKO / NFA PUJ’s coming from the direction of RIZAL/JARO PLAZA shall pass E.
LOPEZ, turn left DEL CARMEN, turn right COMMISSION CIVIL towards BURGOS STREET, turn right HUERVANA STREET and turn left to RIZAL STREET turn right to DRILON BRIDGE, turn leftMUELLE LONEY and proceed at the back of Provincial Capitol where they can LOAD / UNLOADtheir passengers. And in going back shall turn left to QUIRINO BRIDGE, turn left RIZAL LAPUZtowards RIZAL LAPAZ, turn right HUERVANA, turn left JEREOS, turn left JAVELLANA/ LAPAZ PLAZA, turn right BURGOS STREET to COMMISSION CIVIL/ JARO PLAZA and pass to their usual route back to their place of origin.

B.) JARO LIKO TAGBAK PUJ’s

All JARO LIKO TAGBAK PUJ’s coming from the direction of RIZAL/JARO PLAZA shall turn right to
COMMISSION CIVIL towards BURGOS STREET, turn right HUERVANA STREET and turn left toRIZAL STREET turn right to DRILON BRIDGE, turn left MUELLE LONEY and proceed at the back ofPROVINCIAL CAPITOL where they can LOAD / UNLOAD their passengers. And in going back shall turn left to QUIRINO BRIDGE, turn left RIZAL LAPUZ towards RIZAL LAPAZ, turn rightHUERVANA, turn left JEREOS, turn left JAVELLANA/ LAPAZ PLAZA, turn right BURGOS STREETto COMMISSION CIVIL/ JARO PLAZA and pass to their normal / usual route back to their place of origin.

C.) LAPAZ PUJ’s

All LAPAZ PUJ’s coming from BURGOS / LAPAZ PLAZA shall turn right HUERVANA STREET turn left
RIZAL STREET, turn right to DRILON BRIDGE to MUELLE LONEY and proceed at the back ofPROVINCIAL CAPITOL where they can load and unload their passengers. And in going back shall turn left to QUIRINO BRIDGE turn left RIZAL LAPUZ up to RIZAL, LAPAZ and turn right toHUERVANA passing their normal / usual route towards their place of origin.

D.) BO. OBRERO / LAPUZ PUJ’s

All BO. OBRERO and LAPUZ PUJ’s coming from JALANDONI LAPUZ shall turn right RIZAL
LAPUZ to RIZAL, LAPAZ turn left DRILON BRIDGE up to MUELLE LONEY and proceed at the back of PROVINCIAL CAPITOL where they can LOAD / UNLOAD their passengers. And in going back shall turn left to QUIRINO BRIDGE and back to JALANDONI LAPUZ passing their normal / usual route towards their place of origin.

E.) BALUARTE DERECHO / SM CITY PROPER PUJ’s

All BALUARTE DERECHO / SM CITY PROPER PUJ’s coming from the direction of GENERAL
LUNA shall turn right to QUEZON STREET turn left LEDESMA STREET turn right IZNART STREETturn left RIZAL STREET (UI) turn right to MAPA STREET turn left to GENERAL BLANCO STREETturn left to ORTIZ STREET. And in going back shall turn left to RIZAL STREET turn right toIZNART STREET turn left to LEDESMA STREET towards TANZA and pass their normal and usual route
while SM CITY PROPER PUJ’s from LEDESMA STREET shall turn right to FUENTES STREET turn left to DELGADO STREET and pass to their normal / usual route back to their point of origin.

F.) BALUARTE / CALUMPANG PUJ’s

All BALUARTE / CALUMPANG PUJ’s coming from the direction of LOPEZ JAENA (BALUARTE)
in going to CITY PROPER shall pass LEDESMA STREET turn right to IZNART STREET turn left toRIZAL STREET turn right to MAPA STREET turn left to GENERAL BLANCO turn left to ORTIZ STREET. And in going back shall turn left to RIZAL STREET turn right to IZNART turn left toLEDESMA and pass to their normal / usual route to point of origin.

G.) TIMAWA / COMPANIA PUJ’s

ALL TIMAWA PUJ’S coming from the direction of TIMAWA AVENUE in going to CITY PROPER
shall pass DELGADO turn right to JALANDONI turn left LEDESMA turn right to IZNART STREETturn left to RIZAL turn right to MAPA STREET turn left to GENERAL BLANCO turn left to ORTIZ STREET. And in going back shall turn left to RIZAL turn right to IZNART turn left to LEDESMA turn right to JALANDONI turn left to DELGADO passing their normal and usual route to point of origin.


H.) VILLA PUJ’s / MANDURRIAO / PAROLA PUJ’s

All VILLA / MANDURRIAO / PAROLA PUJ’S shall pass to their normal and usual route in going in and out
of City Proper. Provided, shall observe traffic re-routing scheme and streets declared no entry.

I.) LEGANES HIGHWAY / NORTHERN PROVINCIALPUJ’s

All LEGANES HIGHWAY / NORTHERN PROVINCIALPUJ’s coming from the direction ofMcARTHUR DRIVE shall pass SIMON LEDESMA, turn left LOPEZ JAENA, turn right RIZAL/JARO PLAZA shall turn right to COMMISSION CIVIL turn right JALANDONI turn right B. AQUINO and make a turn in front of TRAVELLERS LOUNGE and proceed to their normal / usual route towards their place of destination. In going back, shall pass same route upon reaching B. AQUINO, turn right to JALANDONI, turn left COMMISSION CIVIL straight to RIZAL / JARO PLAZA and pass same route towards their place of origin.


4.) PRIVATE VEHICLES

All PRIVATE VEHICLE are allowed to enter in any Street of JARO, LAPAZ and CITY PROPER AREAexcept on Streets where the ACTIVITY is being held and on street declared NO ENTRY to all types ofVEHICLES.

5.) NO ENTRY TO PUJ’s

The following streets are declared NO ENTRY to Public Utility Jeepney’s (PUJ’s) during the OPENING SALVO 2012.

JARO / LAPAZ AREA

A.) E. LOPEZ STREET - From corner DEL CARMEN up to LUNA STREET.
B.) JAVELLANA STREET
C.) SAN JOSE STREET
D.) MISSION ROAD EXTENSION
E.) ARROYO / MAGDALO STREET


CITY PROPER AREA

A.) GENERAL LUNA STREET - From corner QUEZON to ATRIUM Rotonda.
B.) RIZAL LAPUZ - Portion of Rizal Lapaz going to Rizal Lapuz.
C.) RIZAL / JALANDONI LAPUZ - From corner Rizal / Jalandoni Lapuz (Rotonda)
going to Quirino Bridge / Muelle Loney St.
D.) MUELLE LONEY STREET - At corner Gen. Luna / Muelle Loney Street

6.) NO ENTRY TO ALL VEHICLES

Following are declared NO ENTRY STREET to all types of Vehicle during the OPENING SALVO PARADE.

CITY PROPER AREA

1. From corner MUELLE LONEY STREET to F. CARAM AVENUE.

A. Montinola Street
B. Solis
C. Yulo
D. Arroyo

2.From MUELLE LONEY to JM BASA STREET

A. Arsenal Street
B. Aldeguer
C. Guanco
D. Peralta
E. Ortiz

3.From corner VALERIA to F. CARAM

A. Solis Street
B. Delgado

4.From corner IZNART to JM BASA STREET

A. Aldeguer Street

5.From corner RIZAL to JM BASA STREET

Guanco Street
Mapa Street
Ortiz Street

6.From corner MUELLE LONEY / GEN. LUNA to F. CARAM AVENUE (ARROYO FOUNTAIN)

7.From corner MUELLE LONEY / QUIRINO BRIDGE to corner DRILON BRIDGE.

8.Promenade and Joveller Street

LAPAZ / JARO AREA

LUNA STREET - From corner MISSION ROAD going to HUERVANA / BONIFACIO DRV.
MAGSAYSAY STREET - From corner ILOILO SPORTS COMPLEX going to LUNA STREET.
HECHANOVA STREET - From corner BANTUD going to LUNA STREET.
TREÑAS BOULEVARD - From corner HECHANOVA going to LUNA / GAISANO CITY.
RIZAL STREET - From corner HUERVANA going to LUNA STREET.
ARROYO STREET - From corner Magdalo going to LUNA STREET.
EL 98 STREET - From corner LIBERTAD going to B. AQUINO AVE.

7.) TRUCKS NO ENTRY

All trucks coming from the following areas are not ALLOWED to enter during the OPENING SALVO PARADE.

TRUCKS coming from JALANDONI LAPUZ / BO. OBRERO AREA.
TRUCKS coming from FORT SAN PEDRO AREA.
TRUCKS coming from BALDOZA / LOPEZ JAENA going to PLAZA LAPAZ
TRUCKS coming from B. AQUINO going to JALANDONI / BURGOS, LAPAZ
TRUCKS coming from TANZA LEDESMA going to PIER AREA

8.) CLOSURE OF TRAFFIC - 1:00 IN THE AFTERNOON

9.) For your information.


NEUENS MITCH G. ANTIQUENA
Senior Transportation Regulation Officer
OIC, TMTRO

Monday, January 9, 2012

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Dinagyang Festival 2012 Photo Contest

Dinagyang Festival 2012 Photo Contest Poster (Click to enlarge)
The Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2012 Photo Contest is open to all professional & amateur photographers and hobbyists.

There are 2 Categories for the best photos competition:

For the Ati/Kasadyahan Category, the subject can either be an Ati or Kasadyahan participant (individual or group) taken strictly during their official performances on Jan 21 & 22, 2012. Deliberately staged or posed shots are not allowed.

For the Street Category, the photos taken in the city streets depicting the Dinagyang festivities from Jan 16 to 22, 2012 with the subject may be an Ati or Kasadyahan participant (solo or group shot), or of any Dinagyang activities such as Fluvial Procession or arrival of Sto. Niño image from Cebu, among others.

The criteria for judging for both categories are: visual impact – 30%; technical (exposure and focus) – 30%; artistic (creativity and composition) – 40%.



For Ati/Kasadyanhan category, entry fee shall be P120 per photo submitted. A maximum of 6 entries shall be allowed per photographer in this category.

Photographer’s ID fee of P500 is inclusive of 5 entries for this contest category. Only those with IDFI issued Photographer’s IDs shall be allowed entry to a designated stage performance area.

Applicants for Photographer’s ID should be a member of a legitimate photographic association. Applicants outside of Iloilo are required to submit either an endorsement from their local tourism office or a copy of their club’s SEC registration.

The IDFI has the right to designate stage assignments. The ID to be provided shall be color-coded to indicate specific stage assignments. Photographer’s ID does not guarantee seats at the performance area.

Accreditation Forms can be downloaded from www.dinagyangsailoilo.com or call City Information Office at 3371235 for details. Last day for submission of accreditation forms shall be Jan. 10.

For Street Category, entry fee is P100 per photo submitted. Photographer’s ID is not required to join this category. A maximum of 6 entries shall be allowed per photographer in this category.

For both categories, each entry must be taken with a digital or film camera and submitted in either an 8″x10″ or 8″x12″ color print without border.

Digital entries must also submit the digital file (either on JPEG or Raw) on a CD on actual size with 150 dpi resolution or higher. Corresponding negatives should accompany film entries.

All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared.

Photos that have been digitally altered or manipulated beyond standard optimization may be disqualified. Images that do not meet these requirements may or may not be judged at the judging panel’s sole discretion.

Participants should write on a piece of paper their name, address and contact number taped on the back of all their photo entries. These, plus the CD, should be sealed in a long size brown envelope for submission.

Deadline for submission of entries will be on Jan. 30, 2012, 5:00 p.m. at Philippine Red Cross – Iloilo Chapter, 2nd flr. Bonifacio St., beside Ramon Q. Avanceña Hall of Justice), Iloilo City. Tel. No (033) 337-5950.

By submitting an entry, each participant agrees to the Official Rules and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in the Official Rules.

By entering the contest, participants grant the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc (IDFI) a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce, and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media, for any educational, promotional, exhibition, archival, and all other standard purposes of the Foundation.

Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible.

IDFI will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses. All prints & CDs submitted shall be the property of the IDFI.

Pre-screened entries will be exhibited on Feb. 6, 2012 at SM City Iloilo (tentative schedule). The awarding of winners will also be held on the same day. NOT ALL ENTRIES SHALL BE ON EXHIBIT.

Prizes are as follows:

ATI / KASADYAHAN CONTEST CATEGORY

1st Prize: P15,000 / 2nd Prize : P10,000 / 3rd Prize : P 7,000

Five consolation prizes of P1,000 each

STREET CATEGORY

1st Prize : P10,000 / 2nd Prize : P5,000 / Third Prize : P 3,000

Five consolation prizes of P500 each

The decision of the Board of Judges is Final. The organizer shall have the right not to entertain any protest or complaint after the final decision of winners shall be made.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

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Dinagyang Festival 2012 Ati-ati and Kasadyahan Complete List of Participants

Here are the Complete Lists of Participants for Dinagyang Festival 2012 Ati-ati and Kasadyahan Tribes dance compition.

Ati-ati Dance Competing Tribes:
  1. Tribu Angola
  2. Tribu Aninipay
  3. Tribu Atub-Atub
  4. Tribu Bantu
  5. Tribu Milagrosa Zarraga National High School of Municipality of Zarraga
  6. Tribu Buntatalan-on
  7. Tribu Ilonganon of Jalandoni Memorial National High School
  8. Tribu Lunok of Iloilo City National High School Molo,Iloilo City
  9. Tribu Molave
  10. Tribu Pag-asa of Mandurriao district
  11. Tribu Paghidaet of Lapaz National High School
  12. Tribu Pan-ay of Fort San Pedro National High School (defending champion)
  13. Tribu Salognon of Jaro National High School

Kasadyahan Regional Cultural Competing Groups:
  1. Al Cinco de Noviembre Bago City, Negros Occidental
  2. Kansilay Festival Silay City, Negros Occidental
  3. Montogawe Festival Mina, Iloilo
  4. Salakayan Miagao, Iloilo
  5. Sinadya sa Halaran Roxas City, Capiz
  6. Sinulog Festival Guimaras Province
  7. Palayag Festival Guimaras Province

Non-Competing Groups:
  1. Ati-Atihan Festival Kalibo, Aklan
  2. Kahilwayan Festival Sta. Barbara, Iloilo
  3. Masskara Festival Bacolod City
  4. St. Therese College Iloilo City

Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Search for the best Promotional Video for Iloilo City

Good news to video enthusiasts and aspiring videographers!

The Iloilo City Tourism Council (ICTC) is scouting for the best tourism promotional videos to showcase and strengthen emerging tourist potentials of the metropolis.

The competition is divided into three categories including 5-minute feature, 3-minute feature, and 30-second teaser/ad.

The contest is open to all video enthusiasts and each category will have top three winners – first, second and third placers.

The winning entries may become the city’s official promotional to be loop-played in terminals, airport and ports.

All entries should be geared towards tourism, highlighting an Ilonggo cultural or religious practice, arts, food, product, heritage and history, places, interests, or a combination focusing on the tagline “My City, My Pride.”

The entry’s length should be strictly observed in said categories.

All final outputs must include in their credits a listing of major and minor sponsors of the competition to be provided by ICTC.

All entries should be in DVD format with one entry per disc.

They will be judged on the following criteria:
Content (30%) – is the “message” engaging and appropriate to the theme?
Creativity (30%) – is the idea shared innovative and creative?
Execution (25%) – is the use of technology effective and used appropriately to get the message across the audience?
Effect (15%) – is the overall effect achieved in communicating to the audience to be determined by votes from the audience during the public airing.
Five (5) entries from each category will be selected as finalists for public airing to solicit text votes. The venue will be announced soon.

The top winners will be selected from the finalists in each category and will be judged by a group of industry practitioners carefully selected by the organizer.

Part of the judging will be determined by audience’s text votes during the videos airing.

The producers of the winning entries will receive cash prizes of P5,000 – first, P3,000 – second and P2,000 – third placers with a plaque of recognition for all winners and finalists.

All winning entries will become the official property of ICTC.

All decisions are final and binding in all matters relating to the competition.
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Iloilo Dinagyang 2012 Tickets Available

Dinagyang 2012 tickets available on sale starting 1st week January. HURRY LIMITED NUMBERS AVAILABLE!

The Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. (IDFI) set the selling of tickets for next year’s Dinagyang Festival starting first week of January 2012.

The tickets will be sold at the City Tourism Office at the Freedom Grandstand, J.M. Basa Street and City Hall’s Office of Executive Assistant Jess Sio at third floor Robinsons mall, City Proper.

The sale of tickets is on first-come first-served basis and no reservations, said Michael Ng, chair of committee on tickets of IDFI.

The tickets cost P1,200 for Right Wing and P1,000 for Right and Left Extensions of Stage 1 Freedom Grandstand – good for two-day highlights – for Kasadyahan on Saturday Jan. 21 and Dinagyang on Sunday Jan. 22.

The tickets for Stage 3 Huervana-Luna La Paz Junction (Injap Bldg-Andoks- Gaisano City intersection) cost P1,000. The area could accommodate 400-500 seats.

The tickets for Stage 4 Iloilo Sports Complex cost P300 for Right and Left Wing at the bleachers. The area could accommodate some 4,000 seats.

The tickets for Stage 2 fronting Old Capitol are under the supervision of the provincial government.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

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Cebu, Iloilo prepare for Sto. Niño feasts

Devotees in Cebu and Iloilo are gearing for the annual feast of the Holy Child Jesus.

At least 20,000 devotees joined the dawn procession in Cebu on Thursday that signals the start of the novena preceding the feast of the Sto. Niño on Jan. 15.

In Iloilo, organizers of this year’s Dinagyang Festival are expecting livelier and more colorful events in the week-long festivity that will peak on Jan. 21-22.

The annual dawn procession to the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño in downtown Cebu City started the Sinulog that would culminate with a Mass and the Sinulog Grand Parade on Jan. 15.

Devotees lit candles and carried images of the Sto. Niño as they sang and prayed during the procession.

Thousands filled the basilica and nearly the entire stretch of Osmeña Boulevard for Mass.

Families from Cebu and elsewhere are expected to flock to this city for the feast.

Preparations are also ongoing for the Dinagyang.

Ben Jimena, Iloilo City tourism officer, said this year’s feast would be transformed into a showcase of major festivals in Western Visayas.

Thirteen tribes will compete on Jan. 22 in the Ati-Atihan contest, the main event of the Iloilo festival.

Jimena said four judging areas have been identified for the Ati-Atihan and Kasadyahan contests.

Dinagyang, held every third weekend of January, has been elevated to the Hall of Fame as the country’s best tourism event by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines.
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Masskara, Ati-atihan to join Dinagyang’s Kasadyahan Festival 2012

Two of the region’s best festivals will be joining the Kasadyahan contest of the 2012 Dinagyang Festival as non-competing groups.

Dr. Eden Deriada, chair of the Kasadyahan contest said that in addition to the seven competing groups, four contingents opted to participate as non-competing namely the Masskara Festival of Bacolod City, Ati-Atihan of Aklan, Kahilwayan Festival of Sta. Barbara, Iloilo and St. Therese College based in this city.

The Masskara Festival is a Bacolodnon’s way of expressing their gratefulness for all the abundant blessings that they received.

The Ati-atihan on the other hand is dubbed as the mother of all festivals in the country.

The Kahilwayan Festival showcases the struggles of the people of Sta.Barbara to be freed from the bondage of oppressive Spaniards.

Meantime, those that that will perform as competing groups are the El Cinco de Noviembre and Kansilay all from Negros Occidental; Sinadya sa Halaran of Roxas City, Capiz; Salakayan of Miagao and Montogawe of Mina all in Iloilo province and Sinulog and Palayag of Guimaras.

Deriada added that they are still waiting for a confirmation from the province of Antique for the participation of its Binirayan Festival.

The Kasadyahan Contest is slated January 21. (PNA)
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Gun ban up during Dinagyang Festival 2012

All permits to carry firearms outside of residence (PTCFOR) will be suspended in this city effective January 15 to January 23 following the approval of the gun ban by Police Director-General Nicanor Bartolome.

This was announced by Police Regional Office 6 (PRO 6) director C/Supt. Cipriano E. Querol who sought for the approval of the gun ban upon a request from Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) director S/Supt. Marietto Valerio and concurred by Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.

With the total gun ban, all law enforcement officers are prohibited to carry their government-issued firearms when off-duty or not in proper uniform.

The civilian gun holders are also warned not to bring their firearms to that effect.

"Dinagyang Festival is a premier tourism event in the city and one of the famous festivities in the country. Hence, it is expected that big number of local and foreign tourists, devotees and revelers will come and enjoy the celebration and we are mandated to ensure their safety," he said.

Mabilog added that that the suspension of PTCFOR is also aimed at reducing crimes, particularly crimes are perpetrated with the use of firearms.

Querol said violators of the gun ban will be charged for illegal possession of firearms and, for civilian gun holders, revocation of their license to possess the firearm/s will also be imposed.

Querol added that the gun ban also includes the prohibition of carrying of deadly weapons.

“The suspension of PTCFOR this Dinagyang Festival is similar to that of the total gun ban during the past elections," he said. (PNA)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

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More colorful Dinagyang 2012 Sponsors Mardi Gras Parade

To surpass last year’s well-attended Sponsors Mardi Gras Parade, the Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2012 will once again organize a grander, more colorful parade on Jan. 21 at 2PM which will commence at the Freedom Grandstand.

The Mardi Gras is a lively and exciting street parade with rhythmic dances performed by costumed dancers, accompanied by musical bands and colorful floats.

Participating groups will assemble at Mapa Street. A brief opening ceremony at the Freedom Grandstand will kick off the parade.

From Freedom Grandstand, the parade will traverse J.M. Basa Street, Iznart Street, Gen. Luna Street, Quezon Street and end at the corner of Quezon Street and Ledesma Street.

The following groups will participate in the parade: business corporations and companies, local government units (including barangays), tertiary schools, civic clubs and associations, civil society organizations and fraternities and sororities.

Major Dinagyang sponsors are once again expected to show off their beautiful floats and muses.

Awards await the best participating groups including Best Float, Best Music, Best Costume, Best Street Dance and Crowds Favorite.

Each winner will receive a Dinagyang Trophy during the awarding ceremonies in the evening of Jan. 22 at the Freedom Grandstand.

source: wanhandredwan.wordpress.com
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2 original Sto. Nino images in PHIL to meet in Dinagyang 2012

Negotiations are ongoing over the proposed meeting of the two oldest and original images of Santo Niño in the country to add color to the 2012 Dinagyang Festival slated January 20 to 22.

This was confirmed by Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog who presided over the meeting of the Dinagyang Festival Board Monday afternoon.

Dubbed as “Pagtabu” the meeting of two images was proposed in time for the arrival of the Santo Niño de Cebu on January 19 to be welcomed by the Santo Niño de Arevalo at the Iloilo Fort San Pedro.

The carriage of the Santo Niño de Arevalo will lead the procession to be followed by Santo Niño de Cebu towards the San Jose Parish Church. Thereafter the Santo Niño de Arevalo returns to the Arevalo Church.

The country has three original images of the Holy Child Jesus; the oldest was found in Cebu in 1565 while the other image that was found in 1572 is in Tondo Church. The last of the three oldest and original images is at the Arevalo Parish.

Apart from the “Pagtabu” the Fluvial Procession serves as one of the major activities of the Liturgical Committee chaired by San Jose Parish Priest, Fr. Achiles Secio, OSA.

This year some 20 pump boats are expected to participate in the procession with the image of Santo Niño on board the decorated lead banca. It will take off from the Fort San Pedro and will dock at the Aduana Area.

A foot procession from the Aduana to the Freedom Grandstand follows thereafter the image returns to the San Jose Parish Church. (PNA)

Monday, January 2, 2012

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SM City Iloilo Celebrates Dinagyang Festival 2012

SM City Iloilo has the Dinagyang Carnival Rides, 3-night food festival with variety shows featuring Manila talents, My City My Culinary, Kapamilya Caravan, and Kapamilya Dance Showdown.

Watch the beautiful candidates of Ms. Dinagyang 2012 showcasing their talents at SM City Iloilo Event Center on January 6, 2012, 4pm. See you there!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

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SALAKAYAN JOINS ILOILO CITY’S KASADYAHAN 2012

Miagao’s Salakayan Festival will be among the competing festivals in Iloilo City’s Kasadyahan 2012 on January 21, the prelude to Dinagyang Festival 2012.

Tribu Salakayan will be jointly put up by Miagao National High School (MNHS) and Southern Iloilo Polytechnic College (SIPC) on invitation of Dr. Luis Sorolla, president of Western Visayas College of Science & Technology (WVCST). The Tribe will be financed by the combined resources of the Miagao LGU, SIPC, the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC), and MNHS, with the logistical support of WVCST. Tribu Salakayan will be supervised jointly by SIPC Campus Administrator Dr. Raul Muyong and MNHS Principal II Mrs. Merlita Montenid.

As Iloilo City promised Kasadyahan 2012 to be more spectacular than ever and with Mayor Julieta Flores positive that Salakayan’s participation in Kasadyahan will go an extra mile to promote the town’s 14-year old festival which was set to be held again this coming February 4 to 12, all Miagaowanons are enjoined to support Tribu Salakayan and watch it compete on January 21.

MNHS, on the other hand, will still put-up Tribu Kabugwason to compete in Salakayan Tribes’ Contest 2012 on February 11.
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Iloilo City 2012 New Year Fireworks



Iloilo City 2012 New Year Countdown and Fireworks Display.

Happy New Year Iloilo!

At Mulle Loney River

By: Scorpion Fireworks