DEPARTMENT of Tourism (DOT) Region VI Director Atty. Helen J. Catalbas attended the Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2019 Kahirup Ball-Designers Gala Charity Runway Show at Molo Mansion on January 12, 2019.
“Department of Tourism Region VI strongly supports this kind of event. Through this, local designers and their works that depicts the rich culture of Western Visayas are promoted. So I am encouraging everyone to support our local designers as well as the producers of local fabrics for it will greatly help showcase our region and sustain our local economy”, Catalbas said.
Kahirup Ball is a haute couture gala fashion show of evening gowns modelled by the candidates of Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2019. Iloilo’s top 30 haute couture designers made the evening gowns. The event also featured cocktail food of crème de la crème Ilonggo chefs to help promote the Iloilo’s food tourism.
Meanwhile, on January 11, 2019, candidates of Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2019 paid a courtesy visit on Director Catalbas at DOT VI office, Casa Real De Iloilo, Capitol Grounds, Iloilo City.
According to PJ Arañador, chairperson of the Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2019, the coronation night on January 25, 2019 at Casa de Emperador, Iloilo Business Park will be the first open theatre-type pageant in the Philippines. He added that in order to help promote the tourism industry, the video wall during the event will feature heritage buildings and tourist destinations in Iloilo. (MDO)