ILOILO City – With thousands of domestic and international guests packing different competition routines, Dinagyang’s return to the city’s streets exceeded anticipations, according to Mayor Jerry P. Treñas.
A “complete success” was how he explained the festival’s return to a face-to-deal with celebration immediately after two yrs of restrictions because of to the coronavirus disease pandemic.
“Everyone wanted a sturdy comeback…It was a total success and this showed that Dinagyang and our Sto. Niño are over and above politics,” extra Treñas.
Dinagyang Competition is identified significantly and huge for its participants’ outstanding choreography and putting costumes that reflect Ilonggo ingenuity, craftsmanship and artistry.
Treñas congratulated the Iloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc. (IFFI), organizer of Dinagyang 2023, the collaborating tribes and corporate sponsors, among others.
“I admit all our sponsors from the non-public sector for their sizeable contributions in the success of Dinagyang. Of training course, sa inyo tanan, mga pinalangga ko nga Ilonggo. Ang tanan nga ini bangud sa inyo kag para male sa inyo. Your potent aid in all our actions played a meaningful job in the in general success of the competition,” stated Treñas.
The festival’s prime sponsor was SM Metropolis Iloilo it also served as location for quite a few Dinagyang functions, which includes the initial-ever Dinagyang Ilomination on Jan.21, Batchoy Competition, festival costumes exhibit, and concert of numerous accomplishing artists such as Asia’s Pop Heartthrob Darren Espanto, between other folks.
The festivities have been graced by no much less than Very first Woman of the Philippines Atty. Liza Araneta Marcos and some distinguished federal government officers together with Property Speaker Martin Romualdez, Senators Risa Hontiveros, Jinggoy Estrada, Mark Villar, Francis Tolentino, Bong Revilla, former senator Franklin Drilon, among many others. YouTube sensation Smaller Laude, broadcast journalist Karen Davila, life-style columnist and philanthropist Tessa Prieto Valdez, television presenter and entrepreneur Tim Yap were also there to sign up for the festivities. They were warmly welcomed by Iloilo Town Mayor Jerry Treñas and SM Supermalls president Steven Tan.
Various dignitaries kind international embassies attended the festivities as very well: Romanian Ambassador to the Philippines HE Raduta Dana Matache with Mr. Constantin Matache Indonesian Ambassador to the Philippines HE Agus Widjojo and his wife, Mme. Ranny Agus Widjojo Royal Thai Ambassador to the Philippines HE Tull Traisorat Royal Norwegian Ambassador to the Philippines HE Christian Halaas Lyster Hungary Ambassador to the Philippines HE Titanilla Toth Embassy of Polland Ambassador to the Philippines HE Jaroslaw Szczepankiewicz Embassy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Demand d’Affaires, a.i. Ms. P.G.P. Kaushalya Consul Basic of Japan in Cebu Hideki Yamaji and Embassy of the United States in the Philippines Chief Consuls Kristofer Graf and Leo Balantac
Dinagyang is the Hiligaynon phrase for revelry or “merrymaking.” The festival is Iloilo City’s version of the Ati-atihan celebrations widely noticed not only in Panay Island but also in other areas of the region.
Two of the quite a few overseas dignitaries who graced the festival were being total of praises. (By means of Panay Information)