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Dinagyang Will Not Join Aliwan 2014

Dinagyang Festival will not go to Aliwan Fiesta in Manila this year, Iloilo City tourism officer Ben Jimena confirmed.
He issued the clarification amid rumors over the internet that Dinagyang will have a surprise performance in the annual event.
“We have decided not to join. It is not true that we will surprise our audiences in this year’s Aliwan festivities,” emphasized Jimena.
“We encourage the people to stop spreading false hopes and information in promoting Dinagyang, Iloilo, and Ilonggo culture,” he stated.
Instead, Jimena said Dinagyang will prepare for a much bigger showcase outside of the country.
“We already did it in the previous Aliwan fiestas. Now, it’s time to take a step further in promoting our festival for the world to see,” he added.
Dinagyang Festival already won five grand champion of the annual Aliwan Fiesta in Manila, which is a showcase and competition of different Philippine festivals.
During the awarding ceremonies in January, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog mentioned that the winning “tribes”will go out of the Philippines to promote tourism to the international market such as United States, Canada, and Singapore.
“It is Dinagyang’s honor representing the Philippines to the world, truly living up to its tagline this year,” he said with reference “Bringing More Fun to the World.”
Dinagyang 2014 Photo Contest

Dinagyang 2014 Photo Contest Winners

The Dinagyang 2014 Photo Contest Committee has announced the winners of this year’s photo contest. The committee is headed by Dr. Paul Francia and co-chairman Ronnie Gabalda.

Here are the following winners:

For the Ati/Kasadyahan Category:

  • 1st Place: Antonio Rojas, Jr. from Arevalo, Iloilo City
  • 2nd Place: Loida Cordova of Kalibo, Aklan
  • 3rd Place: Jose Aristeo de Luna of Veterans Village, Iloilo City
  • Consolation Winners:
    • Dennis Gamarcha of San Lorenzo,Guimaras
    • Leslie Yu Chua of Makati City
    • Francisco Manuel Dela Cruz ofJaro, Iloilo City
    • Benjef Borromeo of Tigbauan,Iloilo
    • Santiago Vito of Roxas City,Capiz
  • Other finalists in the Ati/ Kasadyahan Category are:
    • June Ivy Ang of Mabolo, Cebu
    • Eric Saguin of Mandaue, Cebu
    • Ryan Angelo Braga of New Lucena,Iloilo
    • Vincent Gallarde of Bulalacao,Cebu City

For the Street Category

  • 1st Place: Jonathan Japitana from Leganes, Iloilo
  • 2nd Place: Jose Aristeo de Luna of Veterans Vill., Iloilo City
  • 3rd Place: Frederick Salazar of Cebu City
  • Consolation Winners:
    • Edren Cawit of Jaro, Iloilo City
    • Ruben Ranin of Quezon City
    • Nelson Chan Ting of Quezon City
    • Rey Bayonaof Anilao, Iloilo
    • Excel Rey Suaring of San Fernando, Cebu
  • Other finalists in the Street Category are:
    • MarkAnthony Lim of Subic, Zambales
    • DexterDizon of  Pavia, Iloilo
    • Diovanne,Atilano of SPH, Iloilo City

Prize for the street category courtesy of Greenwich Pizza.

Selected photo entries are currently on exhibit at the lower ground floor of SM City Iloilo. The photo exhibit will run until February 22, 2014.


Dinagyang 2014 Ati Dance Competition Order of Performances

The Dinagyang Festival Ati Dance Competition 2014 order of performances will go as follows (based from Freedom Grandstand. The rest follows the same carousel route and may subject to changes):

Stage 1 – Freedom Grandstand

  • Tribu Angola
  • Tribu Salognon
  • Tribu Paghidaet

Stage 2 – Provincial Capitol

  • Tribu Baybayanon
  • Tribu Molave
  • Tribu Atub-Atub

Stage 3 – Quezon-Ledesma

  • Tribu Ilonganon
  • Tribu Panayanon

Stage 4- Maria Clara

  • Tribu Milagrosa
  • Tribu Obreros