Dinagyang, a successful public-private-community partnership

By Leonard T. Pineda I

ILOILO CITY (PIA) — The world renowned Dinagyang Festival is an epitome of a successful public-private-community partnership.

City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said that the yearly festival not only showcases strong ties among the government and the private sector but also demonstrates the strong support and cooperation from the community.

“Dinagyang Festival is a manifestation of a strong partnership among the public sector, the private sector, and the community,” he said.

He also called for the support of the Ilonggos in ensuring that the annual festival is free of crime, drug and smoke.

He said that making Dinagyang Festival crime-free and drug-free is aligned with the thrusts of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The 2017 Dinagyang Festival banners the tagline “See, Feel, Love” and the theme “Communion of Communities with Santo Niño.”

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Ten competing Ati-ati tribes showcased a preview performance during the “Pamukaw” event held Dec. 10, 2016.

Pamukaw, derived from the Hiligaynon word ‘pukaw’ or to wake up, signals the start of the Dinagyang season which will highlight on January 20 to 22, 2017.

The ten competing Ati-ati dance tribes were Tribu Buntatalanit of Tiu Teg Ana Ros Foundation Integrated School, Tribu Salognon of Jaro National High School, Tribu Dagatnon of Ramon Avancena NHS, Tribu Panayanon of Iloilo City NHS, Tribu Amihan of Mandurriao NHS, Tribu Ilonganon of Jalandoni Memorial NHS, Tribu Paghidaet of Lapaz NHS, Tribu Obreros of Bo. Obrero NHS, Tribu Pan-an of Fort San Pedro NHS, and Tribu Abiador of Asian College of Aeronautics. (JCM/LTP/PIA-Iloilo).

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