The island province of Guimaras is hoping for the victory of its tribe in this year’s Aliwan Fiesta.
Liberty Ferrer of the Provincial Tourism Office said the Manggahan Festival will be represented by Hubon Guimarasnon of the town of San Lorenzo.
Hubon Guimarasnon is the champion of the 2019 Kasadyahan Regional Cultural Competition, one of the highlights of Iloilo City’s Dinagyang Festival.
Last year, the Manggahan Festival, represented by Hubon Mangunguma of the same town, was adjudged first runner-up in Aliwan’s Streetdance Competition.
Ferrer said the participation of Manggahan is part of their efforts to entice more tourists to visit Guimaras and experience their festival every month of May.
Meanwhile, Tribu Panayanon of Dinagyang was third runner-up. The festival will not join this year.
The 2019 Aliwan Fiesta is set on April 26-29 in Pasay City. The event is the country’s largest gathering of Philippine cultural festivals.IMT