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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Iloilo's Dinagyang Festival Is Back

After a two-year hiatus due to Covid restrictions, Iloilo's Dinagyang's face-to-face celebration is a complete success! 

Dinagyang Festival is known far and wide for its participants' impressive choreography and striking costumes that reflect Ilonggo ingenuity, craftsmanship, and artistry. 

And it was a complete success, according to Mayor Jerry Trenas. "Everyone wanted a strong comeback. It was a complete success and this showed that Dinagyang and our Sto Nino are beyond politics."

Mayor Trenas also congratulated the Iloilo Festivals Foundation Inc. (IFFI), organizers of Dinagyang 2023, the participating tribes and corporate sponsors, among others. 

"I acknowledge all our sponsors from the private sector for their significant contributions in the success of Dinagyang. Of course, sa inyo tanan, mga pinalangga ko nga Ilonggo. Ang tanan nga ini bangud sa inyo kag para man sa inyo. Your strong support in all our activities played a meaningful role in the overall success of the festival," added Trenas. 

The festival's top sponsor was SM City Iloilo and it has served as venue for many of Dinagyang's activities, including the first-ever Dinagyang Ilomination last January 21. Batchoy Festival, festival costumes exhibit, and concert of various performing artists including Darren Espanto. 

The festivities was graced by The First Lady, Atty. Liza Araneta-Marcos, Martin Romualdez, Senators Risa Hontiveros, Jinggoy Estrada, Mark Villa, Francis Tolentino, Bong Revilla, Franklin Drilon. There's also popular celebrities such as Small Laude, Tessa Prieto-Valdez, and Tim Yap. They were welcomed warmly by Mayor Jerry Trenas and SM Supermalls President Steven Tan. 

Some foreign dignitaries also attended the event including HE Raduta Dana Matache, Romanian Ambassador to the Philippines, and Constantin Matache; HE Agus Widjojo, Indonesian Ambassador to the Philippines and his wife; HE Tull Traisorat of Thailand; Norwegian Ambassador HE Christian Halaas Lyster; Hungary Ambassador HE Titanilla Toth; Polland Ambassador HE Jaroslaw Szczepankiewicz; and Ms. P.G.P. Kauhalya of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka; Hideki Yamaji, Consul General of Japan; and Consuls Kristofer Graf and Leo Balantac from the Embassy of the United States.

Dinagyang is the Hiligaynon word for revelry or merrymaking. The festival is Iloilo City's version of the Ati-Atihan celebrations widely observed not only in Panay Island but also in other parts of the country. 


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