Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Celebrating Meaning and Memory for PAGDIHON Festival in Dingle

photo by Joel Miles Molina

Dingle’s Pagdihon Festival which has been held over the past 4 years celebrates the heroism of Visayan general and military strategist, Adriano Hernandez not only to the town of Dingle but throughout Iloilo. A native of Dingle, Hernandez secretly organized a rebel movement in Iloilo against Spain and staged the first armed uprising in the whole province, specifically in Barrio Lincud in October 28, 1898. The event was known as the "Cry of Lincud."

If you ask Ilonggos "What event took place in Dingle, Iloilo in 1898?" you will quickly discover that this important part of our local heritage and history is not so well known or understood. The annual celebration of Pagdihon Festival help us Ilonggos understand the Cry of Lincud, and the role it had to achieve the freedom that we are all enjoying today.

photo by Joel Miles Molina
It is remarkable to know that 144 years ago, the first armed uprising against Spain in Iloilo’s history was organized. Many things change after that, but what does not change is the great Ilonggo spirit of service and sacrifice. Ultimately, the commemoration of the Cry of Lincud 1898 is a salute to all of our ancestors who fought so gallantly against great odds in that conflict.

With more and more arts based activities and attractions drawing together each year to create this event, it also features a weeklong celebration of fun, family-oriented, educational event promoting local food and the preservation of culture and heritage.

The festival acknowledges 144 years of peace with a celebration of art, performance, music, history, community, friendship and family. The week-long festivity starts on October 25, Thursday with the Float Parade, Opening of Agricultural Fair and Jobs Fair; October 26, Friday with Pagdihon Kusinero-Dulcehan and the Search for Miss Pagdihon; October 27, Saturday with the Mountain Bike Race: Cross Country and Circuit Race, Senior Citizens Day and Fireworks Display; October 28, Sunday with the Street Dancing and Dance Drama Competitions; October 29, Monday with the Farmers and Cooperative Day and Dingle Got Talent; October 30, Tuesday with Boy and Girl Scouts Day; Slow Race. Moments with the Mayor and the Little Miss Pagdihon, and; October 31, Wednesday with Laro ng Lahi, Mass Wedding, Trick or Treat, Horror Night and the Awarding Ceremony.

photo by Joel Miles Molina
The celebration of Pagdihon Festival will continue its mission of supporting patriotism and traditional Ilonggo values. The event will continuously honor Ilonggos who have demonstrated their pledge to our nation through their service and sacrifice. It is an event where we remember and honor our true heroes and celebrate our great Ilonggo spirit and traditions. Pagdihon Festival combines meaning and memory into an event that offers something for the entire Ilonggos.

We are what we are now because of the brave Ilonggo people that served over the last 144 years, something that Ilonggos can be very grateful has not changed over the past 144 years.

Let us join with the people of Dingle, Iloilo and celebrate our true spirit that defines this special day. For more information, please contact Mr. Dane Dizon-Municipal Tourism Officer at 09477424341 or 09276123708. To get to Dingle, take a jeepney or van at Tagbak Terminal in Jaro, Iloilo City.

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