Dinagyang grandstand blessing today, Jan. 11

LABORERS work on the finishing touches on the new Iloilo Freedom Grandstand at Muelle Loney, City Proper, Iloilo City, Jan. 7, 2018. (Ricky D. Alejo)

THE newly constructed Dinagyang Grandstand will be blessed today, Jan. 11, 2019, 8:30 a.m. at Muelle Loney facing Iloilo River.

This is in time for the 51st Dinagyang Festival Opening Salvo at 3 p.m. and First Ilonggo Youth Music Festival at 6 p.m.

Mayor Jose Espinosa III announced during the meeting of Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. committees at the City Hall Penthouse on Jan. 8 that he would issue an Executive Order for the naming of the grandstand.

The almost 2,000-seat facility will host the highlights of the celebration on Jan. 25-27.

The City Government spent P45-million for the construction.

The old site now hosts the newly restored Sunburst Park at JM Basa Street which will be turned over by the Tourism Infrastructure Enterprise Zone Authority on Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. (PIO)

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