THE drumbeats never stop and all roads will lead to Iloilo City on January 23-25, 2015 as the famous Dinagyang Festival reels on its 47th yearly edition of the premier tourist and cultural heritage attraction in the country.
For the first time, several festivals in the country will feature their own costumes and accessories that represent the colors and character of their festival in the 1st Philippine Festival Costume Expo slated on January 22 – 25, 2015.
To be held during the Dinagyang parade, the festival costume highlights the cultural significance of fashion and fabric that define people’s attire and the history of the place through the clothes worn by locals.
Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. and the City Tourism and Development Office in partnership with the Department of Tourism Western Visayas and Iloilo Tourism Officers Association and Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines.
Major festivals of the country are invited to join and showcase their important cultural facets – the costumes and accessories that represent the colors and character of their festival.
The activity highlights the cultural significance of fashion and fabric that define people’s attire and the history of the place through the clothes worn by locals.
DOT VI Regional Director Atty. Helen J. Catalbas said the new feature of Dinagyang 2015 is expected to draw more visitors to go to other places of interest in Iloilo City and province as well as other places in Western Visayas located outside Iloilo. DOT VI will sponsor the in-land transportation of the delegates.
City tourism officer Ben Jimena said the new feature will make Dinagyang a truly inclusive multi-interest festival with wide ranging participation coming from other parts of the country as well as emphasize the important role of artisans dedicated to costume designing in the making of the festival, among others.