By: Emme Rose Santiagudo
SOME 750 Japanese tourists will be arriving here at Iloilo City on January 26, 2019 to witness the world-famous Dinagyang Festival 2019.
Florence King Erlano, City Tourism Operations Officer said that the tourists and crew will be on board the cruise ship, MV Pacific Venus and will dock at the Iloilo International Container Port on the morning of January 26.
“Around 750 guests ang maabot including the crew. They will be here to join is for the two days of our festivities from January 26-27, 2019,” he said.
DOT-6 Regional Director Helen Catalbas earlier said that the visit is significant considering the fact that Iloilo City has passed the high standards of Japanese tourists.
Catalbas said cruise executives of MV Pacific Venus came to the city to inspect tourism facilities such as the banks, hospitals, hotels, malls, and shopping centers last June 2018.
“The standard of Japanese tourists is very high and we have met that standard already. During the inspection they were impressed that is why they decided to push through with the cruise ship arrival in January,” Catalbas said.
The highlight of the Dinagyang Festival is on January 25-27, 2019.
Ten tribes will be joining Fiesta Pilipinas or the Kasadyahan Cultural Competition of the 2018 Dinagyang Festival, on January 26, 2019.
The participants are Pintaflores Festival of San Carlos City, and Tribu Tinabuay of Murcia, both of 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.
Meanwhile, eight tribes will compete in the Dagyang tribes dance competition at January 27, 2019.
Defending champion Tribu Panayanon of Iloilo City National High School will defend its crown against Tribu Salognon of Jaro National High School, Tribu Paghidaet of La Paz National High School, Tribu Ilonganon of Jalandoni National High School, Tribu Dagatnon of Ramon Avanceña National High School, Tribu Hugponganon Pan-ay of Fort San Pedro National High School, and Tribu Barriohanon.