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By Lydia C. Pendon  

A SALVO of a thousand drums will blast off the Tambor, Trumpa, Musika or drum and bugle competition slated on Friday, January 22, expecting to make it to the list of Guinnes Book of World Records.
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By Lydia C. Pendon 

ONLY Hiligaynon words and lyrics will dominate the first Ilonggo Arts Festival slated on January 17-22, 2010 as a special event of the main Dinagyang Festival on the fourth week of January.

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By Francis Allan L. Angelo 

THE Iloilo Dinagyang festival was inducted in the Hall of Fame during the 10th Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippine (ATOP) convention in General Santos City October 1-3.

Iloilo’s premiere festival won the Hall of Fame plum after winning the best tourism event crown from 2006 to 2008.

Dinagyang is celebrated every third week of January and highlights the Ilonggos’ veneration to the Sto. Niño and their culture.

The festivity culminates in the Ati-ati dance competition which pits ati tribes from various schools and barangays. A streetdancing and merrymaking also brings the festival to fever pitch.

Aside from Dinagyang, ATOP also hailed the Paraw Regatta Race as the best sports tourism event in the country.

Paraw Regatta, a race of wind-driven outrigger boats, is held every February to celebrate Ilonggos maritime tradition and skills. It is considered the oldest and one of the grandest regattas in Asia.

The Pamahaw (Search for Ilonggo breakfast) won the nod of judges when it won 3rd place in the best culinary tourism event category.

The awarding was held in General Santos City last Saturday.

Iloilo City Tourism Officer Benito Jimena said the triple victories of Iloilo City in the ATOP convention is the fruit of their efforts to make the city “more than Dinagyang.”

“We have established our status as a place of colorful and meaningful festival, good food and rich culture and tradition,” Jimena said.

Members of Tribu Paghida-et parade their championship trophy Monday afternoon. (Photo by Tara Yap)

Members of Tribu Paghida-et parade their championship trophy Monday afternoon. (Photo by Tara Yap)

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

 

TRIBU Paghida-et, the 2009 Dinagyang Ati-ati dance champion, of the LaPaz National High School (LPNHS) is raring to represent Iloilo City to the annual Aliwan Festival.

 

Paghida-et choreographer Ramil Huyatid said Aliwan is one of the most prestigious competitions where they can showcase the country’s best tourism event.

 

The Aliwan, which is mounted by the Manila Broadcasting Corp., is considered the “festival of festivals” in the country.

 

Huyatid, who won the best choreographer award in the last two Dinagyang festivals, said they are willing to join the Aliwan with the support of the City government and other sectors.

 

“It would be a dream come true for us and the city if we win the Aliwan championship,” Huyatid said.

 

Huyatid also thanked the LPNHS Parent-Teachers Association, sponsors and dancers for retaining the Dinagyang tiara this year.

 

He also congratulated other tribes for mounting impressive performances during the Ati-ati competition which further elevated the status of Dinagyang.

 

Azucena Falales, LPNHS principal and Paghida-et manager, said even the parents of their dancers stayed up late at night during their practice.

 

“It was the cooperation of everybody from the teachers, dancers, parents and the LaPaz community that inspired us to do our best and retain the crown,” Falales said.

 

Huyatid said their performance could have been better if the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation did not reduce the number of dancers in each participating tribe.   

 

“Our style this year suited a tribe with more dancers. But we did our best even if we only practiced for a month,” he added.

 

Huyatid said he continues to study and train in seminars to improve his craft “just like other choreographers before us.” 

 

Members and sponsors of Paghida-et held a motorcade around Iloilo City Monday afternoon to celebrate their victory this year.

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