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2020 Dinagyang kicks off Saturday


By Tara Yap

Iloilo City—The 2020 Dinagyang Festival of this city will formally kick off Saturday night with the annual “Pamukaw,” the Hiligaynon word for ‘waking up.’

DINAGYANG CHAMP—Tribu Ilonganon of Jalandoni Memorial National High School is the champion under the Ati tribe competition of the 2019 Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City.  (Tara Yap/ MANILA BULLETIN)


Unlike in the past, Mayor Jerry Treñas said that for the first time, this year’s Pamukaw will be held in the evening and at different plazas in different districts. In previous years, the Pamukaw was held in the afternoon and the event would close down the streets along the city’s downtown.

The annual festival every January held to honor the Santo Niño (Holy Child Jesus) is under a new organizer this year.

The Iloilo Festivals Foundation Inc. (IFFI) wants to revive the thrill of the Dinagyang festival by bringing back the performances of village-based tribes.

Expected to give a sneak peek at their Jan. 20 performances are Tribu Molave in the plaza of Arevalo district, Familia Sagrada in the plaza of Mandurriao district, Tribu Parianon in the plaza of Molo district, Tribu Kanyao in the plaza of Jaro district, Tribu Aninipay in the plaza of La Paz district, Tribu Hamili and Sagasa at Plaza Libertad, Tribu Panaad at Sunburst Park, and Tribu Angola at SM City.

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