‘Dinagyang Grandstand’ a temporary name – Espinosa

There is no official name yet for the newly constructed grandstand on Muelle Loney Street in Iloilo City.

This was clarified by City Mayor Jose Espinosa III on Friday, Jan. 11, amid criticisms from those who oppose to give the grandstand a new name.

Wala pa kita ka issue EO (executive order). Maconsult pa kita,” he said.

According to Espinosa, the name “Dinagyang Grandstand”, which he announced on Tuesday, Jan. 8,  is “only temporary.”

“I decided to temporarily call it Dinagyang Grandstand to help promote the festival that we are celebrating this month,” he said.

The mayor assured that he would “follow the legal process” in naming the new grandstand.

Espinosa said part of the process is the conduct of public consultations.

The new grandstand was constructed after the old one was demolished to pave the way for the restoration of the Sunburst Park on J.M. Basa Street.

The city government spent P45 million for the “bigger” version of the structure.

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) did not object the demolition of the old grandstand.

It its letter to Espinosa last year, NHCP said the grandstand could not be considered an “important cultural property” (ICP).IMT