Iloilo celebrates simple Dinagyang 2014

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

ILOILO City will celebrate the Dinagyang Festival 2014 in a simple, yet meaningful celebration considering the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda last November 9.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said that Ilonggos lost more than P9 billion in infrastructure, agriculture, and fisheries in northern Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, and Antique.

City Tourism Officer Ben Jimena said that Kasadyahan, a major part of the Dinagyang celebration, will no longer have a competition, but will remain as a showcase of culture and heritage of the Ilonggo people.

Kasadyahan is considered as a regional cultural competition and participants came from different provinces in Western Visayas, including those hardly hit by the typhoon.

The Kasadyahan is slated on January 25, while the main event of the competition, the Dinagyang ati-atihan tribe competition, is set on January 26, 2014.

Mabilog said he is leaving all preparations of the festival to the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation and the San Jose Parish Church, although the festival is owned by the City Government, which largely spends for the activities. (Lydia C. Pendon)

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