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.”