By: Emme Rose Santiagudo
THE Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. (IDFI) warned the public against buying overpriced tickets from scalpers and illegal resellers.
Joy de Leon, deputy assistant to IDFI President Ramon Cua Loczsin, said the public should only buy tickets from authorized sellers.
“Buy only from authorized sellers. They are stage and ticket committee members nga gina-allow sang Dinagyang Festival nga magsell and usually dira sila sa ila respective ticket booths,” de Leon said.
She emphasized that ticket prices are printed on each Dinagyang tickets, therefore people should not pay beyond what is printed.
“Our ticket is very clear. It says it all, diin ka mapungko, may number siya, ticket price, and may time. It also has distinguishing marks, amo na ang makilala sang nagprint kag napamaligya,” she said.
De Leon said ticket scalpers are unavoidable trade hazards, especially in events such as festivals and concerts.
“Ara gid na sila whether we like it or not, part na sila sang aton na growing business. Biskan diin nga concert or event, may ara gid na mangita paagi para makaincome siya dako. It’s a trade hazard, whether we like it or not, ticket resellers and will always be part of the business,” she said.
The highlights of the 51st Dinagyang Festival is on Jan 25-27, 2019.
Ten tribes will compete in Fiesta Pilipinas or the Kasadyahan Cultural Competition on Jan 26.
The participants are:
- Pintaflores Festival of San Carlos City, and Tribu Tinabuay of Murcia, both from Negros Occidental;
- Tribu Banigan of Libertad, Antique;
- Hubon Binagtong sang Manggahan Festival of Nueva Valencia and Hubon Mangunguma of Manggahan Festival of San Lorenzo, Guimaras; and
-Tribu Ang Manughabol kang Salakayan of Miag-ao, Tribu Pantat of Zarraga, Tultugan Festival of Maasin, and Huban Haw-as of Dumangas, Iloilo.
Eight tribes will compete in the Ati dance contest on Jan 27:
- Panayanon of Iloilo City National High School,
- Salognon of Jaro National High School,
- Ilonganon of Jalandoni Memorial National High School,
- Dagatnon of Ramon Avanceña National High School,
- Paghidaet of La Paz National High School,
- Hugponganon of Tiu Cho Teg-Ana Ros Foundation Integrated School,
- Pan-ay of Fort San Pedro National High School, and
- Barriohanon of Bo. Obrero National High School will be competing for the Dagyang dance tribe
Meanwhile, the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. (IDFI) ticket committee announced that tickets for the tribes dance competition are running out with more than a week to go before the highlights.
IDFI ticket committee head Michael Ng said tickets for all performance stages, except the one in Maria Clara, are also sold out, faster compared to Dinagyang 2018.
The fast tickets sale is attributed to the limited number of seats, according to Ng.
“Mas dasig subong, tungod nagbuhin 400 seats sa grandstand pa lang. Amo na ang other tickets sa other stages daw hangin lang nga naubos na dayon,” he said
Florence King Erlano, City Tourism Operations Officer, earlier said that around 750 Japanese visitors will arrive in Iloilo City on Jan 26 to witness the Dinagyang Festival.
“The tourists and crew will be on board cruise ship MV Pacific Venus that will dock at the Iloilo International Container Port on the morning of January 26,” according to Erlano.
Meanwhile, Ng said that they are still studying the possibility of selling of extra tickets once the construction of the stage extensions are finalized.
“Lantawon ta subong kay mastart na sila construct sang stages per area. Kon kaya dugangan, madugang gid kita basta may space pa,” he said.
Ticket price for the Freedom Grandstand is at P1,700 while the Quezon main stage is at P1,600 and Quezon left and right wing is at P1,200.
Meanwhile, ticket price for Plaza Libertad and Maria Clara main stage is both at P1,600 and the Plaza Libertad Left Wing extension is at P1,200.