Photos by: Ricky D. Alejo
THE Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation, Inc. (IDFI) along with the Iloilo City Government and Department of Tourism (DOT)-6 regional office led the official launching for the 50th Dinagyang Festival last Sept 22, 2017 at SM City-Iloilo Event Center.
The highlight of the launching program was the “Hala Bira” performance of around 50 warriors from different Ati tribes, the costume parade of at least eight participating tribes in Dinagyang 2018, the unveiling of Dinagyang golden anniversary logo, the ceremonial wine toasts and candles of 50 Ilonggos, among others.
The IDFI and the Iloilo City Government also signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on the joint hosting of the festival.
The golden anniversary celebration is expected to be a grand affair befitting a festival that helped propel the tourism and economy of Iloilo City over the years.