The 2015 Iloilo Dinagyang Festival for the first time will serve as venue to showcase the costumes of 30 major festivals in the country in what is dubbed as National Festival Costume Expo 2015.
Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog stressed Dinagyang has become a promotional vehicle for other cities in the country to highlight their cultural and tourism attractions.
The exhibit will kick off with a simple program evening of January 22, 2015 while the public viewing will start January 23, 2015, according to City Tourism Officer Benito Jimena.
He added that the expo is not a competition but purely an exhibition.
Alongside the exhibit is the weaving (hablon) demonstration, one of the oldest Ilonggo traditions.
Meanwhile, the costumes will be donned by live models for the parade of costumes during the Dinagyang Ati Contest on January 25, 2015.