Dinagyang Fest braces for national competition

ILOILO City's Dinagyang Festival, recent winner of the Galing Pook Award, will defend its crown in the national Aliwan Festival from April 12 to 14, 2013 in Metro Manila.

The City Government and the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. will send Tribu Panayanon of Iloilo City National High School to represent the Dinagyang Festival in the national contest.

City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said he is positive that the festival will win its fifth title in the national contest, which will be participated by 16 other festivals from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Mabilog said that the Dinagyang Festival has brought in an era of close cooperation and coordination between the City Government, private sector and the church in a strong public and private partnership that catapulted the city into the national and international recognition.

The official list of Aliwan Fiesta contingents for 2013 competition are Ang Tipulo Festival of Antipolo City, Pamulinawen Festival of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Panagbenga Festival of Baguio City, Bangus Festival of Dagupan City, Pangasinan, Mango Festival of Iba, Zambales, Pandang Gitab Festival of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, and Mahaguyog Festival of Batangas' Ala-eh.

Also joining the competition are Fiesta de Toros of Nasugbo, Batangas, Lumad Basakanon for the Sinulog of Cebu, Tribu Panayanon for Iloilo Dinagyang, Kabankalan's Sinulog for Negros Occidental, Pasak Festival of Tanauan, Leyt e, Tuna Festival of General Santos City, Hermosa Festival of Zamboanga City and Kalivugan Festival of Midsayap, and North Cotabato.

The Aliwan Fiesta, which is hosted by the Manila Broadcasting Corp., slated different activities like the Paskalye Inter School Dance competition in April 11, Reyna ng Aliwan Pageant Night in April 12.

Streetdance and float parade competition, Reyna ng Aliwan coronation, and awarding of Aliwan Festival 2013 winners will be conducted in April 13.
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