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Dinagyang brings more fun & faith, too

Dinagyang Festival 2014

Dinagyang Festival 2014

Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog commended the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. under the leadership of Ramon Cua-Locsin, San Jose Parish, Department of Tourism, Iloilo provincial government, active sponsors, supporters, participants and

City Government for bringing Dinagyang to greater heights of glory and achievement.

Dinagyang truly gives Ilonggos a sense of pride after being recognized in the Hall of Fame as Best Tourism Event in the country by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP).

Dinagyang is also the first festival to be awarded the national Galing Pook Award for Best Local Governance Project.
The mayor encouraged everyone to support the successful hosting of the premier celebration – the best and pride of the city – the colorful, exciting, and more fun site Dinagyang Festival.

Themed “Bringing More Fun to the World,” Dinagyang lives up to its expectations as a leading tourism, cultural, religious and socio-economic acheter cialis promotional vehicle and symbol of Iloilo City’s continuing progress and sustainable development.

Dinagyang continues to showcase and serve as a model of best practice wherein the community unites and work together for the good of the city and the general welfare of the Ilonggos.

Mabilog asked Ilonggos to “offer all the blessings we receive to Señor Santo Niño as we ‘Grow together in Faith’ and extend a helping hand to those in need as well as to inspire others.”

The city’s chief executive is also confident that Dinagyang will continue to sustain its growing reputation as a world-class festival – a festival that exemplifies the Ilonggos’ cultural excellence and as a dynamic and friendly people. (JVF/Iloilo City PIO)

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Dinagyang wins Galing Pook Award

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Dinagyang Festival wins Galing Pook Award (Photo by Galing Pook Foundation)

The spate of awards that comes Dinagyang’s way was not merely borne out of coincidence or luck but a result of deliberate efforts and years of commitment to excellence by the people who worked hard to make the festival the country’s hall of famer as best tourism event.

The year 2013 was another banner year for Iloilo City.  On its Sapphire Anniversary – 45th year (est. 1968) – the Iloilo Dinagyang Festival bagged one of the most prestigious national recognitions, the 2012 Galing Pook Award for innovative and exemplary local governance program.
In a congratulatory letter received by Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog from the Galing Pook Foundation, it cited Iloilo City’s program entry entitled “Community Participation and Collaborative Governance through the Dinagyang Festival” was chosen as one of the Top 10 outstanding local governance programs.
The awarding was held in Malacanan with no less than President Benigno S. Aquino III handing out the awards on January 30, 2013.
Only 16 out of the 160 projects submitted were chosen by the National Selection Committee as finalists for the Galing Pook Awards 2012.  The  award-giving body selects 10 best projects which have great positive impact on the community, promote people’s participation and empowerment, introduce innovation, and manifest transferability and sustainability,
Iloilo City’s Dinagyang Festival was the first festival to be recognized as outstanding governance project in a search which spans for almost two decades but had never bestowed honor to a cultural endeavor.
The cream of the crop included eight projects in Luzon and four each in Visayas and Mindanao.  There are five about the environment, three for education, four on public service, one on health, one for entrepreneurship, one on tourism development, and the Dinagyang festival.
All the 16 local government unit finalists were invited for the panel presentation and interview by the Galing Pook Foundation.  It was held at the Social Development Complex  Conference Hall at the Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, where local chief executives made the presentations.  Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog did the report for Dinagyang to the members of the National Selection Board.  He was joined by your truly, Iloilo Business Club Executive Director Lea Lara, and Iloilo City High School Principal Blesilda Floro who sat as members of the project report team.
The report focused on four impacts – governance and administration, economic, socio-cultural and environment.  The festival’s contribution to community development, the public-private partnership and the multi-sector participation were tackled in governance.  Economic activities that create livelihood and additional jobs, increase in tourist arrivals and receipts, the underground economy and other services, and tourism promotions were elements of the economic impact.
The socio-cultural impact are seen in the cultural exchange with places where Dinagyang visited, learning the value of team work and discipline, pride and prestige felt by family of participants, recall of history and faith, sense of pride of place and cultural identity, the value of competition, the pursuit of innovation and excellence, and the entertainment delivered.
There are environmental advocacies the festival pushes such as the use of recycled materials for the costumes of performers, indigenous musical instruments, sanitation and efficient garbage collections.
There were questions asked by the panel about what makes Dinagyang different from and what lessons could it share with other festivals.  Of course, the successful partnership between government and the private sectors makes it apart and above the rest; it is Iloilo City’s governance pitch and a cohesive bond that unites the community.  Other festivals should learn from the successful collaboration of the City government, the Dinagyang Foundation and the San Jose Church.  Most festivals are operated by the LGUs without the cooperation of the private sectors which usually stay contented as mere fence-sitters.
There is imposition of accountability in the conduct of the event.   Since it is IDFI which handles fund, it is required to submit an audited financial report to the City council within ninety days after the end of the festival.   Another lesson that other festivals must learn from Dinagyang is the aggressive marketing and promotion activities undertaken for those outside of the locality. The marketing committee produces posters which are distributed all over the country.  Posters are mounted in malls and other town centers; in airports and bus terminals; in MRT and LRT stations in Metro Manila.  There was a time when tribes gave performances around town and Dagoy, the mascot joined the marketing team in mall tours.
The promotional activities of Dinagyang do not just happen during the festival; it has become a year-round program.  Preparation for the next January celebration starts immediately after the thanksgiving mass for the just concluded edition.   The annual plan of action includes participation in the national streetdance competition, MBC’s Aliwan Fiesta; goodwill performances in various local, national, and international gatherings, in opening ceremonies and inaugurations, during important national days of foreign embassies in Manila and Filipino communities abroad; and even in the other festivals outside of Iloilo.
Galing Pook participation was indeed a great challenge.  Iloilo City entered a number of projects but only Dinagyang made it as finalist.  There were 160 entries submitted and they started screening to choose semi-finalists for site validation because Galing Pook does not just rely on the written reports.  Dr. Edna Co, member of the National Selection Committee came to Iloilo for the Dinagyang validation September 28th.
Dr. Co went to see the Vice Mayor Jose Espinosa III (Mayor Mabilog was in Singapore at that time), yours truly, IDFI trustee Edwin Trompeta at the City Hall for the participation of the City Government; met with Fr. Raymund Alcayaga at the Cofradia Office together with Ms. Malene Santiago of Tribu Atub-Atub, Dominador Rivera, and IDFI trustee Fred Tayo III for the religious activities; and at the Freedom Grandstand Office, met with Iloilo Business Club’s Lea Lara, DepEd’s Blesilda Floro, IDFI’s Marissa Segovia for business and school involvement with the festival.
A letter on the findings of the site validation and recommendations advised to repackage the program: to show that what has been a traditionally socio-religious, cultural activity has been transformed into a good collaborative governance project where the city took a central role in trying to steer everyone and draw everyone in the preparation for and up to the implementation of the festival; to emphasize it as a year-round collaborative governance program culminating at the event; to underscore data on economic activities generated (especially those that continue throughout the year); ancillary business that developed as a result of the festival.
It also suggested to highlight growth in government revenues, spillover gains, and innovations; to show the economic impact using assumptions on projected expense of the number of visitors; to showcase the established relationship with sponsors with sustained assistance – indication that we delivered what was promised; that there is fair competition because rules are clear, no special favors, and every participant is treated equally and objectively.
With this recognition, we have earned bragging rights and reasons to be proud as Ilonggos.  With this award comes the responsibility to live up to be good examples for others.
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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 viagra 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 buy viagra online 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)
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11 tribes gear up for Dinagyang Pamukaw Dec. 13

Eleven tribes will hit the downtown streets from Bonifacio Drive to Freedom Grandstand starting at 3pm Friday Dec. 13 for the Pamukaw of 2014 Iloilo Dinagyang Festival.
The streetdance parade to the tune of thundering beat of drums aims to awaken the Ilonggo community to cooperate and support the success of the forthcoming Dinagyang festivities in January next year.
Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog is encouraging everyone to work together for the successful staging of the city’s premier celebration in “Bringing more Fun to the World” which highlights Jan. 25-26, 2014.
The competing contingents are Tribu Panayanon of Iloilo City National High School; Tribu Paghidaet of Lapaz National High School; Tribu Atub-Atub of Veterans Village; Tribu Ilonganon of Jalandoni Memorial High School; Tribu Obreros of Buntatala, Jaro; Tribu Angola of Quezon-Delgado; Tribu Molave sa R.G. Hechanova more of MV Hechanova, Jaro; Tribu Aninipay of Don Esteban Lapuz; Tribu Salognon of homepage Jaro National High School; Tribu Baybayanon, formerly tribu Pag-asa of Melchor L. Nava  National High School and Calaparan, Arevalo merged; and Tribu Milagrosa and Poblacion Ilawod, Passi City. (RPSombero/Iloilo City PIO)

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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Pamukaw Parade Map for Dinagyang Festival 2013


drum beats will start throbbing Iloilo City on 14 December 2012 (Friday), as Pamukaw awaken the spirit of revelry in this city. Different tribes and candidates of Miss Dinagyang 2013 will go on a parade starting 3:00PM. Assembly area is at the Bonifacio Drive, near Museo Iloilo and the Provincial Capitol at around 2:00PM. Please be advised that the parade area will be closed to vehicular traffic through this map.Continue reading

2013 Kasadyahan Festival Regional Cultural Competition confirmed participants (as of 23 November 2012)

As of 23 November, 2013, Here are the confirmed acheter cialis participants for Kasadyahan Festival Regional Cultural Competition:

  1. Salakayan – Miagao, Iloilo
  2. Hubon Saranggola sa Manggahan sa Guimaras
  3. Hubon Binagtong sa Manggaha sa Guimaras
  4. Tribu Hugyaw – St. Therese MTC Colleges
  5. Olalong – Cabalum Western College

Seven groups have also signified their intention to join but are yet to submit their official entry forms.

(Source: City Tourism and Development Office)