Monday, March 26, 2012

Iloilo Province Gears Up for the 111th Semana Sang Iloilo Celebration

The month of April is where summer in Iloilo is all in its glory. Iloilo offers many marvelous seascapes with beautiful beaches to boast mostly found in the northern and southern areas of the province. April also starts the hosting of various municipal festivals and other tourism-related events.

Bayluhay Festival of San Joaquin performs at the Semana Sang Iloilo Pasundayag Sang Mga Tribu, photo by Joe de Luna

The month would not start out right without the annual celebration of Semana Sang Iloilo, a spectacle for both Ilonggos and out-of-towners, this event is truly one to enjoy.

Kasag Festival of the Municipality of Banate performs during the Pasundayag Sang Mga Tribu for Semana Sang Iloilo, photo by Jose de Luna

The Province of Iloilo, headed by Hon. Arthur D. Defensor, Sr. Governor, its leaders, elders and residents is inviting everyone to the 111th Semana Sang Iloilo celebration this summer on the grounds of the Provincial Capitol in Bonifacio Drive, Iloilo City. The event will take place on April 10-13, 2012.

Binanog Festival of the Municipality of Lambunao performs for the Pasundayag Sang Mga Tribu during Semana Sang Iloilo, photo by Jose de Luna

This year’s theme, “Dalayawon Nga Binuhatan, Aton Pasidunggan kag Pasalamatan,” was chosen by the planning committees that were organized to guide the planning and implementation of the Anniversary Celebration along with its various programs of activities. The different committees, a small group of select office representatives initiated the planning process and outlined the vision for the Semana Sang Iloilo’s 111th celebration and are working together to realize the event’s vision and effectively plan and promote this year’s program. In addition, there are specialized working groups formed to focus their energies and accomplish a specific set of celebration goals.

The event will open on April 10, 2012 with a Bougainvillea Parade organized by the Provincial Agriculture’s Office through the Federation of Iloilo Horticultural Association Incorporated from Jaro Plaza to the Provincial Capitol grounds at 7 a.m.; Mass at the capitol lobby at 8 a.m.; the simultaneous opening of the Garden Show, Agricultural Exhibit and OTOP Fair at the carpark and canopy areas; Art and Photo Exhibit at the Old Provincial Capitol along with Sining Pambansa Art exhibition will be open to the public at 2 p.m.; and the Inter-Municipal Folk Dance Competition at 4 p.m., Provincial Capitol lobby.

April 11 opens with a Jobs Fair by the Public Employment Services Office at the Provincial Capitol lobby from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m.; Mangrove Planting in Barangay Nabitasan in Leganes at 7 a.m.; the day will commence with the Inter-Municipal Brass Band Competition at the Provincial Capitol car park area at 4 p.m.

April 12 is Employees Day with various activities for Iloilo Provincial Capitol employees and their families from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m.

April 13 will recognize Ilonggo achievers during the Thanksgiving Luncheon and Awarding Ceremony at the Provincial Capitol lobby from 11 a.m. till 1:30 p.m.; the Agri-Achievers Awarding Ceremony follows at 2 -5 p.m., 5th floor of the Provincial Capitol; and the Pasundayag, a parade of municipal festivals caps the celebration with performances at the Capitol car park at 2:30 in the afternoon.

There will always be something going on for everyone for the annual Semana Sang Iloilo celebration. Each and every year, the provincial government and the support of the Ilonggo community will bring various activities and events to the capitol car park.

Governor Arthur D. Defensor, Sr. with the Sanngguniang Members and the employees of the Iloilo Provincial Government are encouraging people from all over Iloilo to come, enjoy and celebrate with them.

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