Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Iloilo Sets Off for the 12th Fiestas in the City Celebration

photo by Vincent Angelo Gefes

A week-long celebration of culture and the arts will kick off the 12th annual Fiestas in the City celebration on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 3 p.m. The event center of SM City Iloilo will feature entertainment and decorations as this annual celebration promotes and preserves the diverse heritage, culture, and the spirit of the Ilonggos for its residents and visitors.

photo by Vincent Angelo Gefes

Fiestas in the City has grown over the years to a weeklong celebration featuring daily activities that feature music, dance, food, pageantry and parades on May 20-26, 2013.This year, traditions include the special performance of Kinaadman Chorale of John B. Lacson Maritime University with their rendition of popular Hiligaynon music along with the high school students of ton National High School Arts, Dance Class on the Opening Day on May 20, 2013 at 4 p.m.; May 21 will showcase the tribal performances of Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City, Katagman Festival of Oton, Binanog Festival of Lambunao, and Tangyan Festival of Igbaras at 4 p.m.; May 22 will feature local fiesta dishes with a Cooking Demonstration at 3 p.m.; May 23 will highlight the one-of-kind Filipiniana-inspired gowns and barongs of Ilonggo designer Alfie Jolo Desamparado at 5 p.m.; May 24 will open with the teen parade of saga queens with special guest, CJ Navarro; May 25, Saturday is marked by a parade of maidens featuring or local festival queens under floral arches in the much-anticipated Sagala of Festival Queens at 3 p.m.

photo by Vincent Angelo Gefes

Started in 2002, the first fiesta celebration was an immediate success. It is Iloilo’s oldest continuous tourism celebration held inside a mall. Within a few years, more special events were taking place and the Fiesta tradition had been born. It evolved into one of Iloilo’s premier tourism celebration.

The people of Iloilo have taken pride in both the historical and religious significance that this event projects. It is a unique blend of rich multicultural heritage commemorating the return of the Spanish colonists.

photo by Vincent Angelo Gefes

A Spanish word which means feast, festival or party, a fiesta is originally a religious celebration of the feast day of the patron saint of a barangay, town or city. It is so popularity that it is grandiosity celebrated by the people. Those who are working from the cities and other places far away from their hometown will go back a week before the Fiesta or maybe few days before the big event.

photo by Vincent Angelo Gefes

It is a time when we showcase our native dances, plays, cuisines, costumes and beautiful people. We take pride of our local traditions and culture and promote it.  

All of us, Filipinos love fiestas. It brings unforgettable memories as it is a special time to be with long-lost childhood friends, a time to bond with relatives, savor local cuisine that we missed so much, and lots of activities.

The Department of Tourism Regional Office and SM City Iloilo shares this event’s vision for creativity, innovation and service to our community and is proud to invite everyone for the 12th Fiestas in the City celebration.

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