Thursday, January 16, 2014

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Tribu Aninipay out of Dinagyang Festival 2014

It’s final. Tribu Aninipay is no longer in the list of participating tribes in the Dinagyang Festival 2014.

No less than Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog announced yesterday that Aninipay had been disqualified.

His announcement came following the meeting between the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. (IDFI) and Aninipay tribe manager Ranier Carado for a “final assessment.”

IDFI remained unconvinced that Tribu Aninipay would perform good enough for the world-class festival.

“Tribe manager Carado failed to convince the Dinagyang committee that Tribu Aninipay can already perform well,” City Tourism Officer Ben Jimena said.

Aninipay performed poorly during the Pamukaw last December 13.

Two weeks ago, IDFI thought of giving Aninipay a second chance to qualify.

With Aninipay no longer in contention, Jimena said, “we might be extending the performance of the 10 remaining tribes from seven to 10 minutes each.”

The tribes competing are:
  1. Panayanon
  2. Paghidaet
  3. Atub-atub
  4. Ilonganon
  5. Obreros
  6. Angola
  7. Molave R.G Hechanova
  8. Salognon
  9. Baybayanon (former Tribu Pag-asa), and
  10. Milagrosa-Brgy Poblacion Ilawod of Passi City.

The champion will receive P175,000; first runner-up, P150,000; second runner-up, P125,000; third runner-up, P100,000; and fourth runner-up, P75,000.

There are also minor awards: best in performance, choreography, music, costume, street dancing, best in discipline, best designer, best musical director and best in headdress.

Dinagyang Festival 2014 officially opens tomorrow afternoon with an opening salvo.

Jimena also said this year’s Kasadyahan on January 25 will be a non-competition mardi gras.

Kasadyahan will showcase various Region 6 festivals.

Other festival-related activities are: Miss Dinagyang beauty pageant, food aid for schoolchildren, medical mission, religious Mass, city heritage tour, arts festival, tribute concert, pyrolympics, Sineng Pambansa film festival, food festival, street party, on-the-spot painting contest, fluvial procession and fireworks display.


BY RUBY P. SILUBRICO

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