Text and photos by: Bombette G. Marin
ALIMODIAN, Iloilo is ideal for history enthusiasts and culture admirers who want to learn how the province was defined and shaped.
And the most opportune time to do it is during the Semana sang Alimodian on March 10-17, 2018.
Themed “Selebrasyon kang kasaysayan, sinadya, arte, tradisyon kag kultura nga Alimodianon,” the highlight of the festivity is the launching of the 1st Himud-os Festival with its Hubon or Tribe competition on March 10 (Saturday) at 8 a.m.
March 10 (Saturday) will open with a Diana at 4 a.m., Mass at 6 a.m., Parade at 7:30 a.m. and the Opening Program featuring the Hubon Competition and the Agri-Livelihood Fair at 8:30 a.m.;
March 11 (Sunday) Alimodianon Run Against Illegal Drugs at 5 a.m., Mayor Alonsabe Basketball Friendship Game with University of San Agustin Varsity Team at 2 p.m and the Gawad Capt. Agustin Magtanong Awards Night at 7 p.m.;
March 12 (Monday) Launching of Barangay PESO and Info Drive on OFW Rights and Privileges alongside Training/ Seminar on Community Based DRRM, Fire Prevention, Health Emergency and Environmental Management on at SB Session Hall at 9 am – 3p.m.;
March 13 (Tuesday) Saging Food Showcase on the 2nd Level of Municipal Hall at 8 a.m., Cultural Show at 3 p.m.; March 14 (Wednesday) People’s Day at 1 p.m., Talent Night at 7 p.m.;
March 15 (Thursday) Farmers Day at 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; March 16 (Friday) Legal Literacy Program at SB Session Hall at 9 a.m., Volunteers Forum at 1 p.m., and Bulak kang Alimodian at 6 p.m.;
March 17 (Saturday) Laro ng Bayan at ANCHS 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., State of the Town Address by Mayor Alonsabe and Closing / Awarding Ceremony at 6 p.m.
Tourism is a strong economic driver for Alimodian and cultural tourists (those whose primary reason is to visit or attend or take part in cultural and creative activities) are a new lucrative market segment for Iloilo.
Recognized as an active cultural town, Alimodian is not only beneficial from a tourism perspective. An active cultural scene also contributes to liveability and makes it an attractive place to live, visit and invest.
Capitalising on the complementary nature of the tourism and cultural offers of this town, the celebration is aimed at producing genuine and tangible returns to its local tourism economy and to its local cultural organization. The festivity also aims to encourage visitors to stay longer and discover further cultural and natural landscape experiences.
Alimodian is a beautiful and quiet town packed with great natural and historical attractions. It features amazing sites, views and landscapes that are surprisingly diverse, with remote upland barangays, rice paddies, tumbling waterfalls and vegetable plantations.
Alimodian is a third class municipality belonging to the Second Congressional District of the Province of Iloilo. Situated 24.6 kilometers away from the city on the south central portion of the province, the town is bounded on the north by the province of Antique; on the east by the towns of Maasin and Cabatuan, Iloilo; on the south by San Miguel, Iloilo and on the west by Leon, Iloilo.
Its land area measures 14,480 hectares, politically subdivided by 51 barangays. It celebrates its annual municipal fiesta in honor of its patron, Sto. Tomas de Villanueva, every September 22nd. Market days are Tuesdays and Fridays.
To get to Alimodian, one can take a jeepney or van at the Jaro Public Market. For more information, please contact Mary Sol Amarillo at 09205674507.