Iloilo festivals start preparations

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PREPARATIONS are now underway for the successful hosting and staging of Iloilo City festivities.

Mayor Jerry Treñas met last week with the officers of the newly-formed Iloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc. (IFFI) to lay down plans to bring to the next level the biggest events in the metropolis.

IFFI will hold a Stakeholders’ Consultative Meeting at Ker Building on Friday, July 19 to discuss the improvements of the city’s premier tourism and cultural celebration, the Dinagyang 2020 in January.

The discussion will review the list and calendar of activities as well as suggestions and recommendations, including innovations and new events.

The IFFI has been organized to spearhead and oversee various festivals in partnership with the city government.

IFFI’s chairman and vice chairman are businessmen Rito Carlos Peña and Felipe Uygongco, respectively.

Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) Iloilo Chapter President Atty. Jobert Peñaflorida also serves as IFFI president. He was the lead organizer of Float Parade of Lights during Dinagyang last January.

John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU) chief executive officer Dr. Ronald Raymond Sebastian is the IFFI vice president. He has been actively involved in the Iloilo Bike Festival and Iloilo Paraw Regatta Festival.

Angel de Leon, Jr., is the corporate secretary while Roland Uy is treasurer; and Ivy Gurrea as assistant treasurer.

IFFI’s board of directors includes businessmen Philipp Chua, Honorato Espinosa, Rogelio Florete, Sr., Molly Grande, Jose Marie Layson, John Alexander Que, Allan Ryan Tan, and Luis Tinsay. (PR)


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