Iloilo City’s Dinagyang Festival is skipping this year’s Aliwan Fiesta in Manila.
Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. (IDFI) president Ramon Cua Locsin said they already informed the organizer of the Aliwan Fiesta that Dinagyang will not join the competition in April.
Aliwan is an annual event that gathers different cultural festivals in the country.
“We have already proven to the Philippines that Dinagyang is number one,” Locsin told reporters during the Dinagyang Thanksgiving Dinner on Monday, Feb. 4.
Last year, Dinagyang, which was represented by Tribu Panayanon of Iloilo City National High School, placed third in Aliwan.
The city’s festival became champion of the Aliwan Fiesta for seven times – 2004, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2017.
Instead of joining Aliwan this year, Locsin said Dinagyang will focus on their first “Philippine tour.”
“Ang aton naman subong ya is to show our festival to other provinces kag cities.”
Locsin said they are planning to bring Tribu Ilonganon, the Dinagyang 2019 champion, to Davao, Bohol, Baguio, Dumaguete in Negros Oriental, and San Carlos in Negros Occidental.
The IDFI is also considering the inclusion of other major award winners in the tour.
Tribu Panayanon settled for second runner-up this year.
La Paz National High School’s Tribu Paghidaet was first runner-up.
Tribu Dagatnon of Ramon Avanceńa National High School and Tribu Salognon of Jaro National High School finished third and fourth runners-up, respectively.IMT