Iloilo City – The Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation, Inc. (IDFI) vowed to return Dinagyang Festival to its “original form” as it celebrates its 51st year in 2019.
“After 50 years, we are all challenged to make sure that Iloilo Dinagyang Festival remains true to its core as the Ilonggo’s way of thanksgiving thru merry-making,” IDFI president Ramon Cua Locsin said.
The IDFI has organized the 1st Iloilo Dinagyang Rhythm and Vibes Conference for choreographers, musical directors, dancers and tribe managers, among others at Diamond Jubilee Hall, Sept. 26, as they prep for the festival slated in January 2019.
Locsin said the IDFI, Iloilo City Government and San Jose De Placer Parish are united to uphold the values of history and legacy of the festival tradition.
Discussions during the conference and workshop centered on ways how to bring back the identity of Ilonggos and the festival as a whole.
Resource person Eric Divinagracia, Advisory Council Member of Alliance of Dinagyang Tribes in Iloilo, said the Dinagyang performance has been evolving, becoming more spectacular but less cultural.
He lamented the “loss of Dinagyang’s identity despite having a 50-year history that can be used as motifs in celebration of the festival.”
“We should know our identity and that should be expressed in the storyline – what do we want to showcase, what should be the sounds and the visuals, what is the origin of the festival, and where is it headed?” Divinagracia stated.
Prior to this, a separate workshop was conducted Sept. 9 to 12 by Annie Sartorio, Execon Member of the National Committee on Dance under the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), which focused more on music and choreography. (John Michael Ramos/Iloilo City PIO)