Iloilo Dinagyang 2011 goes ‘green’

ILOILO City – The 2011 Iloilo Dinagyang Festival will again showcase the Ilonggo religiosity and rich cultural heritage, at the same time it will focus on the promotion of environmental protection.

“Dinagyang 2011 will morph into a green festival. It takes on a new direction as a vessel for making communities more livable – not only vibrant and prosperous but also healthy and safe,” said City Tourism Officer Ben Jimena.

The premier tourism attraction of this city is scheduled from January 21 to 23, 2011.

Limiting the use of plastics all throughout the festivity will be imposed, said Jimena.

The city government may require participating restaurants in the Dinagyang food festival to use recyclable or environment-friendly materials, the city tourism officer added.

Jimena also said, the coordinator of the Miss Dinagyang beauty pageant plans to use recyclable materials in the gowns and other outfits of the contestants.

The theme of next year’s festival is “Señor Sto. Niño: Source of our Unity, Bond of Our Family” while its official tagline will be “Iloilo’s Finest, Nation’s Best.”

The highlights of the festival will still be the fluvial procession, Kasadyahan to be participated by 15 dancing groups and the ati-ati competition by 15 competing tribes.

There will also be a pyrotechnics show, drum and bugle/lyre competition to be participated by secondary and elementary schools, marching band, Healing Mass for the aged, sick and the abandoned, Novena masses, and coronation of Queen Juana (Maria Mylene Illera) and Niño Dinagyang./ei



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