By Lydia C. Pendon
ILOILO CITY – Everything is in place and the Dinagyang 2013 highlights on Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27 will go on as scheduled, according to Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation president Ramon Cua Locsin.
Dinagyang Festival, dubbed as the best tourism event in the country by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP), highlights the public private partnership f the city government here, the church and the foundation in a religious cultural celebration highlighting the veneration of the Sto Niño.
The P15 million celebration this year will see some 1.5 million spectators, visitors and guests to a weeklong celebration of different activities and merrymaking not only in the city proper but also in the city’s peripheral areas.
On the other hand, the foundation sets P1.947 million as cash prizes of the major, minor and consolation awards of different competition categories. These include cash prizes of P770,000 in the Dinagyang Ati-atihan competition; P580,000 in the Kasadyahan regional competition; P25,000 for the On-the-Spot Painting contest; P61,500 in the Photo Contest; P61,000 in the Dancesports regional competition; P200,000 in the Tambor Trumpa Martsa Musika competition; and P250,000 in the Dinagyang Pyrolympics Luces in the Sky contest.
The amount is on top of other cash prizes donated by sponsors in various sports events and activities during the Dinagyang Festival.
A total of 12 regional festival groups coming different areas in Western Visayas will vie for honors in the Kasadyahan Festival on Saturday while 11 tribes and 1 guest performer indigenous ati tribe will perform on Sunday, January 27 during the ati-atihan tribe competition.
Dr. Eden Deriada of the Kasadyahan Committee identified the contenders as Tribu Salakayan of Miagao, Iloilo; Tribu Mandaragat of San Jose, Antique; Tribu Padagyaw of Dumarao, Capiz; Tribu Saludan of Tigbauan, Iloilo; Hubon Saranggola sa Manggahan of Buenavista, Guimaras; Hubon Binagtong sa Manggahan of Nueva Valencia, Guimaras; Tribu Hugyaw of St. Therese MTC College in Iloilo City; Tribu Kaing of Leon, Iloilo; Tribu Bayluhay of San Joaquin, Iloilo; Tribu Hugyaw Kansilay of Silay City, Negros Occidental; Tribu Olalong of Cabalum Western college in Iloilo City; and Tribu Pahinis de Laua-an of Laua-an, Antique.
Robert Alor of the Ati-atihan Tribe Committee said the 10 contenders Tribu Angola, Aninipay, Atub-atub, Buntatalan-on, Ilongganon, Milagrosa, Molave, Pag-asa, Panayanon and Salognon with a non-contesting Tribu Miro of Anilao and Barotac Viejo, Iloilo.
By Lydia C. Pendon