7 FOREIGN ENVOYS TO WITNESS ILOILO’S DINAGYANG FEST
ILOILO CITY -- Seven foreign ambassadors are joining the 51st year of the Dinagyang celebration, Mayor Jose Espinosa said during his regular press conference, Monday.
The confirmed guests are Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Bangladesh Asad Alam Siam, Zhao Jianhua of China, Han Dong-man of Korea, Adekunbi Abibat Sonaike-Ayodeji of Nigeria, Aman Rashid of Pakistan, Igor Anatolyevich Khovaev of Russia and Sung Yong Kim of the United States.
Espinosa said it will be the first time for the ambassadors of the US and the Russian Federation to witness the festival together.
Also joining the envoys is Malaysia’s Tourism Attache Zaidi Kassim.
Espinosa also said there are other delegations from other agencies that have been helping Iloilo City such as the United States Agency for International Development and Japan International Cooperation Agency.
He added that former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has also confirmed his attendance.
“He will be one of our keynote speakers,” the mayor said.
Apart from the dignitaries, the city government will also welcome 750 guests on board the cruise ship MV Pacific Venus of Japan on January 26.
Earlier, Senior Supt. Martin Defensor Jr., Iloilo City Police Office director, said more than 6,000 security personnel and force multipliers will provide security to revelers and guests during the Dinagyang Festival.
The three-day highlights of the festival will be held January 25-27.
Dinagyang festivities will kick off on the 25th with the Tambor, Trumpa, Martsa, Musika competition and the fluvial parade and solemn foot procession in the afternoon.
In the morning of Saturday, January 26, there will be a Fiesta Pilipinas Kasadyahan Regional Cultural Competition to be participated in by champion festival performers from Western Visayas.
In the afternoon of the same day, there will be a Dinagyang Floats Parade of Lights, Grand Religious Sad-sad or merry-making, Dinagyang Festive Parade and Glitters in the Sky fireworks display.
On January 27, spectators will witness the showdown of eight tribes for the Dagyang Tribes Dance Competition after a concelebrated mass to be held at the San Jose Parish Church.
The annual Dinagyang Festival is held in honor and thanksgiving to Señor Sto. Niño. This year's religious theme is "Devotion to Señor Sto. Niño: Well-spring of a Vibrant and Humble Service".
The overall theme of the celebration is "Connecting Communities through Culture and Faith". (PNA)
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