Iloilo Dinagyang to perform in Sydney, Auckland

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By Lilibeth A. French (JCM/laf/PIA6-Iloilo)

ILOILO CITY, Jan. 23 (PIA6) -- Aside from joining the Aliwan Festival in Manila, there are now two invitations to perform abroad for this year’s champion of the Dinagyang Ati Tribes competition.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the Iloilo Dinagyang 2017 Champion has been invited by the Philippine government to perform at the Philippine Independence Day celebration in Sydney Australia this June. Another invitation is for the Santa Parade in Auckland, New Zealand this November.

Mabilog made the announcement before he revealed the winners of the coveted championship award for the ATI Tribes Competition during the awarding ceremonies held at the Freedom Grandstand, January 22, which capped the 2017 Dinagyang Festival celebration.

Defending champion Tribu Salognon of the Jaro National High School retained their crown besting nine other tribes this year and brought home a trophy and P200,000 cash prize for the championship award.

The group also bagged the following special and minor awards: Best Costume Designer, Best Musical Director, Best in Music, Best in Costume, Best in Street-dancing and Best in Performance. They also garnered the Opening Salvo awards such as Best in Costume, Best in Discipline and Best in Overall Performance.

Completing the top winners for this year’s Ati tribes competition are Tribu Panayanon of Iloilo City National High School, first runner-up, Tribu Ilonganon of Jalandoni Memorial National High School, second runner-up, Tribu Paghidaet of La Paz National High School, third runner-up and Tribu Pan-ay of Fort San Pedro National High School, fourth runner-up.

On the other hand, Hubon Binagtong sa Manggahan of Cabalagnan National High School of Nueva Valencia, Guimaras was declared champion of the Kasadyahan Regional Cultural Competition, another highlight of the Dinagyang Festival. It is a competition of festivals of the various provinces, cities and municipalities as well as schools in the islands of Panay and Negros. Some nine performing groups competed on January 21.

Hubon Binagtong of Manggahan bested two-year champion Tribu Tatusan of Caluyan, Antique which was declared first-runner up. The group also took home six special and minor awards that include Best in Music, Best Musical Director, Best in Costume, Best in Choreography, Best Choreographer, and Best Performance.

Tribu Pintados de Passi of Passi City was second runner-up, Tinabuay Festival of Murcia, Negros Occidental, third runner-up and Tribu Salakayan of Miag-ao, fourth runner-up.

The awarding was attended by Vice Mayor Jose Espinosa III and City Councilors Joshua Alim, Armand Parcon, Lady Ann Baronda and Reynan Hervias. Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation, Inc. President Ramon Cua Locsin, Reverend Father Raymundo Edsel Alcagaya of San Jose Parish Placer, and judges also graced the event.