Monday, June 3, 2013

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Dinagyang Festival, Iloilo City’s premier celebration wowed once more the revelers of 115th Philippine Independence Day Parade in Madison Avenue, Manhattan, New York, USA Sunday. They first invaded the Big Apple in 2011.

Dinagyang contingent will also conquer the Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles, California on June 8.

Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog stressed Dinagyang’s US trip strongly promoted the city to the rest of the world and would enticed prospective investors during the series of performances.

Dinagyang in NYC, 2013 RP Independence Day Parade

The lively and colorful Dinagyang street dancers from Iloilo City performed as part of Department of Tourism’s highly successful “It’s More Fun In The Philippines” campaign, noted journalist Ricky Lo of PhilStar.

“Dinagyang turned the streets of New York into a field of lively and spectacular Philippine festival. It was such a hit that community leaders and parade-goers wanted Dinagyang back (this time),” Mitchelle Dy, head of Philippine Tourism office in New York, was quoted as saying.

Dinagyang paid homage to Sto. NiƱo and showcased Ilonggo culture giving non-Filipino spectators a beautiful glimpse of unique Philippine culture and heritage, said Dy.

Dinagyang champ Tribu Panayanon of Iloilo City National High School’s 23 performers also bannered the “It’s fun to be Pinoy!” battle-cry in time with Freedom Day.

The US trip is sponsored by DOT’s Tourism and Promotions Board.

The internationally-known Dinagyang served as the city’s major promotional vehicle and tourism magnet.

Filipino and US dignitaries and officials of Filipino-American communities graced the NYC parade touted as the largest celebration of its kind attended by some 100,000 people.

Photo By Rommel Flogen, Choreographer, Tribu Panayanon