Di­nagyang Fes­ti­val Open­ing Salvo to­day

Watchmen Daily Journal - - OPINION - TOOTS JIMENEZ, JR.

Iloilo City will be a fes ve des na on as it opens the 2019 Iloilo Di­nagyang Fes val to­day with an open­ing salvo fea­tur­ing dif­fer­ent tribes that will be par cipa ng in the event high­lights two weeks from now.

In 2001, I was tapped by thenIloilo City Coun­cilor Rolando Dabao and Larry Jamora to serve as fes val man­ager and in­tro­duce in­nova ve ideas for the an­nual cel­e­bra on. That year, I or­ga­nized the Iloilo Di­nagyang Friend­ship Golf Tour­na­ment with Lito Do­ran, a beauty pageant with Ted Mino, and the Di­nagyang Cor­po­rate Pa­rade.

I also ini ated sev­eral rules that year, in­clud­ing the con­trol­ling and mon­i­tor­ing tarp in­stalla ons.

Sev­eral years later, the Iloilo Di­nagyang Fes val re­mains an ins tu on of revelry and fun, where thou­sands gather in Iloilo City to wit­ness the drum­bea ng days and nights of food and fes vity.

The fes val is s ll suc­cess­fully man­aged by the Iloilo Di­nagyang Founda on Inc., which es­tab­lishes view­ing stages across the city for rev­el­ers to view var­i­ous per­for­mances.

In addi on, with elec ons this May, can­di­dates will be flood­ing the fes val, mak­ing sure they are seen.

This year, De­part­ment of Tourism-Re­gion VI (DOT-6) di­rec­tor, A y. He­len J. Catal­bas, an­nounced she will bring to­gether DOTac­cred­ited es­tab­lish­ments to join the Iloilo Di­nagyang Fes val for the “Satur­day high­lights” as a way to boost ca­ma­raderie across the de­part­ment.

I salute the fes val or­ga­niz­ers and all those sup­por ng the event in mak­ing it a frui—ul tourism promo on op­por­tu­nity for the West­ern Visayas.

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This col­umn greets Ma n Aran­dez‐Perez, Boyet Or­taliz, Fran­cis Chu, Robert Alor, Phoebe Ma­mon, Ar­lene Florete, Troy Ca­marista, Mik­mik Jimenez, Mar­lon Navarro, Ar­mand Ag­don, Em­manuel Ti­ples, Aris­ton Minez, Jr., and Panoy Gon­za­lez.

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