Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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Iloilo: Beyond Your Expectations (Video)

Iloilo offers more than the USUAL holiday vacations in the Philippine Islands. It features a new refreshing wave of tourism ideals for any ages. As the new center of emerging investments, it still boasts as the center of Filipino culture and heritage recognized worldwide.

Iloilo: Beyond Your Expectations (Video)

Monday, February 27, 2012


Iloilo's Dinagyang Highlights CCP Pasinaya Festival

The colorful fanfare of Iloilo province’s Dinagyang Street Dance Festival will be a major highlight of the annual CCP Pasinaya Festival on February 26 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines grounds.

Leading the festivities are Dinagyang 2012 Ati Tribe Competition 1st Runner up Tribu Lunok of the Iloilo City National High School. They will take part in the opening ceremonies and parade at 8:30 AM at the Pedro Bukaneg Street of the CCP Complex. Repeat performances by Tribu Lunok will be held throughout the day at 10:40 a.m., 12 noon, 3 p.m., and 7:15 p.m.

Tribu Lunok’s winning performance in the Dinagyang 2012 has been described as “entertaining in its storyline and amazing for its choreography and use of props.” It won the Best in Street Dancing in this year’s Dinagyang festival.

Tribu Lunok is composed of 37 warriors, 18 star dancers, 18 bulilit, 21 drummers, 1 tribe leader and 4 girl dancers. Founded in 1998 by the late Ronnie Baretta, Tribu Lunok is made up of students from the Iloilo City National High School. It has won many prizes in past Dinagyang festivals.

Held every January, the Dinagyang Festival, according to the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation, is a “thanksgiving for and a celebration in honor of Sr. Santo Niño. It prides itself as a festival of excellent folk choreography, a showcase of Ilonggo heritage and culture. It is as grand as Iloilo’s old churches and crisp as pinasubong saging, as delectable as pancit molo and bachoy.” The Ati-ati is just one of three major events of the Dinagyang, the other two being the fluvial procession along Iloilo River and the cultural parade called the Kasadyahan.

More than twenty groups, each called a tribe, compete in the Ati-ati competition. The Ati-ati contest has gained for the Dinagyang the tag “Festival of Excellent Folk Choreography”, a recognition given to it by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts.

The Pasinaya is a yearly open house festival at the CCP that offers a preview of the forthcoming productions of the CCP Resident Companies. More than 300 cultural groups in dance, music, theater, film, and the visual arts from all over the country are participating in this year’s Festival. The public is invited to see all they can for 20 pesos. A fast pass to CCP Pasinaya shows can be availed of for P200. For more information, please call 832-1125 loc. 1800.

Monday, February 20, 2012


Piliin Mo Ang Pilipinas (Video) ft. El Gamma Penumbra

Choose Philippines collaborated with PGT Finalist and web sensation El Gamma Penumbra to give you a new version of their music video. Using the song Piliin mo Ang Pilipinas, El Gamma Penumbra amazingly showcases popular Philippine destinations through shadow play. Lyrics of the song written by Robert Labayen , music composed by Allan Dannug, and arranged by Marvin Querido. Song sung by Angeline Quinto and Vincent Bueno. This Music Video is a production of ABS-CBN's CCM Division and Regional Network Group.

Watch Piliin Mo Ang Pilipinas (Video) ft. El Gamma Penumbra

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

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Dinagyang Festival 2012 Photo Contest Winners/Result

Here are the winners for Dinagyang Festival 2012 Photo Contest.


1st Prize: P15,000 - Hannibal Ong
2nd Prize : P10,000 - Israel Gonzalez
3rd Prize : P 7,000 - Geena Lynn Vista

Five consolation prizes of P1,000 each


1st Prize: P10,000 - Israel Gonzalez
2nd Prize: P5,000 - Zernan Golez
3rd Prize : P 3,000 - Dexter Dizon

Five consolation prizes of P500 each

image source: http://www.skyscrapercity.com

Friday, February 3, 2012


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)