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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.”
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Dinagyang 2014 eyes P15-M budget

The Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. (IDFI) is eyeing a budget of P15million for the successful staging of the city’s premier celebration in January next year, said IDFI treasurer Ma. Luisa Segovia.
The City Government extended half of the requirement with financial assistance of P7million, she added. The rest will be sourced out from sponsors helping Dinagyang.
Bulk of the funds will go to subsidies of competing contingents.
With the theme “Bringing More Fun to the World,” Dinagyang has become a major promotional vehicle for the city, the region and the country as a whole, stressed Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog.
He noted that Dinagyang’s trip to the United States (US) in June strongly promoted the city and the country to the rest of the world and enticed prospective investors to come to the metropolis.
Some 300 Canadian investors will visit the city on Jan. 21-23 for a business forum just before the highlights on Jan. 24-26. They will also be treated to a spectacular Dinagyang performance during a cultural presentation.
Dinagyang’s prelude, the Kasadyahan, offers a venue for other festivals to shine, participate and promote their cultural showcase with the opportunity for the world to see what they can offer, said City Tourism Officer Ben Jimena.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) cited Dinagyang for promoting “It’s More Fun in Philippines” in the US.
DOT lauded the City Government “for the invaluable contribution in the overseas promotion of Philippine Cultural Tourism through the stunning performance of Tribu Panayanon,” the festival reigning champion. (Iloilo City PIO)
About Dinagyang Festival

Dinagyang 2013: A Fusion of Boom and Grandeur

Dinagyang Festival 2013 Official Poster

Dinagyang Festival 2013 Official Poster

SEVERAL one-liners came to mind in the process of selecting a tagline for the 2013 Iloilo Dinagyang Festival:  World-class!, Over the top, Societal Responsibility and Social Artistry, Festival with a Heart, A Fusion of Boom and Grandeur, Exceeding Expectations, etc.  We were then looking for one that captures the essence of the event, one that defines the dreams and aspirations of the Ilonggos.

Through the years, Dinagyang has become synonymous with Iloilo City.  The City’s glorious past, the present progress and development and the bright prospects for the future are all defined by the phrase “a fusion of boom and grandeur”.  A mix of the blessings of the present and the valuable legacy of the past, allow hopes to spring and dreams to blossom.  Dinagyang is the pride of Ilonggos.

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