‘Holistic’ Dinagyang Festival in 2019

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo

THE Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc (IDFI) said that it wants a holistic tribe presentation for the 2019 Dinagyang Festival.

IDFI Vice president Marissa Segovia said that they have been soliciting advices from consultants to ensure the creative and cultural aspect of the festival.

“The upcoming festival will not be a usual presentation. It will entail more meaning on the movements of the dances. We covered not only the choreography and music but also the costumes and the visual production,” Segovia explained.

Segovia added that they have given the competing tribes a shopping list of ideas to be used as subject of their presentations.

“We have given them ideas into what kind of traditions they can use in their presentations such as pangabi-abi or festive welcome, pagtipon or gathering, bayluhay or barter, paghigugma or courtship, paghirupay or closeness, pagtuo or faith, pag-amliganay or nurturing and pagunungay or unity,” she explained.

Annie Sartorio, judging committee chair of the festival, emphasized that the tribe presentation will focus more on the choreography and not on the costumes.

“For the tribe competition, mas more on the choreography, movement, innovation and transition ang ginaimprove namonWala sang fashion show of costumes and props must be handy,” Sartorio said.

On Oct 8, 2018, the IDFI, the City government, and the San Jose de Placer church signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) officially launching the 51st Dinagyang Festival.

Themed “Connecting Communities Thru Culture and Faith,” IDFI president Ramon Cua Locsin said that the festival would focus on nurturing Ilonggo artistry and cultural expression for a meaningful celebration.

Prior to the ceremonial launching of the festival, IDFI organized the first loilo Dinagyang Rhythm and Vibes Conference 2018 on Sept. 26 at the Diamond Jubilee Hall, DepEd Compound on Mabini Street, City Proper, Iloilo City.

The conference gathered participating groups and affiliates to have a better appreciation and a deeper understanding of an Ilonggo-tailored performance through lectures and workshops on music, choreography, costume and props, design, visual production, and resource management.

According to IDFI, the conference is expected to assist in the formulation of appropriate concepts and refinement of creative content in order to maintain the role of Dinagyang in safeguarding cultural heritage.

Meanwhile, Mayor Jose Espinosa III lauded the IDFI for introducing new innovations for the upcoming festival.

Sa sini nga tuig damo ang mga innovations ang paga-himuon sang IDFI. Kay subong tama ka popular ang Dinagyang, daw halos tanan nga festival Dinagyang so we will go a step further by seeing to it that we will be producing this year a new and better Dinagyang Festival,” he noted.

Espinosa said that the P18-million financial assistance of the city government to the Dinagyang celebration has already been approved.

Hence, subsidies for each participating tribes will increase to P1.2 million or P200,000 higher compared to last year.

The 51st Dinagyang Festival will culminate on January 25-27, 2019.

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