Thursday, October 20, 2016

Festival and More for the 8th Pagdihon in Dingle

Dingle, Iloilo will celebrate Pagdihon, a traditional community festivity filled with music, dance and competitive events that will highlight its culture, heritage and tradition. With this year’s theme, “Pagdihon Padayunon Kag Pasanyugon,” community members encourage visitors and guests not only to attend but also to participate in its 10-day celebration from October 22-31, 2016.

One of the wonderful things about visiting Dingle during Pagdihon is that special events are aplenty. October 22 (Saturday) Float Parade at 7:30a.m., Opening Program, Raising of Banners, Agri-Fair, DLC Exhibitions from eight Elementary Schools, Laro ng Lahi at 1 p.m. and Live Band at 7 p.m.; October 23 (Sunday) Mountain Bike Race, Miss Pagdihon at 7 p.m.; October 24 (Monday) DBC and DLC Exhibitions with three High Schools and four Elementary Schools; October 25 (Tuesday) Boy and Girl Scout Fun Day at 7 a.m., Live Band from PNP in the evening; October 26 (Wednesday) Senior Citizen’s Day, Dog Show, Live Band at 7 p.m.; October 27 (Thursday) Mass Church Wedding at 9 a.m., Alcoholic’s Night/ Comedy Show/ Live Band; October 28 (Friday) Cry of Lincud, Dingle Plaza Landscape, Fireworks Competition at 7 p.m., Teacher’s Night at the Covered Gym and Live Band; October 29 (Saturday) Coop and Farmers Day, Live Band; October 30 (Sunday) Street Dance and Tribe Competition at 7:30 a.m., Mr. and Miss Teen; October 31 (Monday) Trick or Treat, Horror Night Street Dance and Dance Drama, Awarding, Back-to-Back Live Band.

The street dance and tribe competition of the festival remains at the heart of the festival’s identity. Performers, in a moving story-telling unfold history with Gen. Adriano Hernandez, their local hero as the central figure of the presentation. Gen. Hernandez secretly organized a rebel movement in Iloilo against the Spaniards and staged the first armed uprising in the Province of Iloilo in October 28, 1898. This occurred in Barrio Lincud, Dingle. The event was known as the "Cry of Lincud." Because of his excellent display of gallantry and knowledge in military strategy, General Hernandez became the trusted aide of General Martin Delgado designating him as the Chief-of-Staff of the rebel government in the Visayas that was inaugurated in November 1898.  When Iloilo fell into the hands of the Americans he became the leader of the guerilla movement in the whole province.

And of course no presentation would be complete without the festive atmosphere where spectators will see familiar scenes of celebration as performers involve prayers for a good harvest and give thanks for the bountiful harvest with giant fruit and vegetable prop and the abundance of food that has been brought in and stored for the coming months ahead. The jubilation at a bountiful harvest becomes the reason also for the celebration of Pagdihon.

Dingle is extraordinarily scenic, also an awe-inspiring site and the best place to go caving.

Bulabog Puti-an National Park in Barangay Moroboro is the only National Park in the whole of Panay. Measuring 847.33 hectares, the park covers the barangays of Lincud, Moroboro, Camambugan, Caguyuman, Tulatula-an in Dingle and the barangays of Lip-ac, Palje, Compo, Rumagayray in San Enrique. It was designated as a National Park in June 14, 1961 through Congressional Bill No. 1651 and such is considered a "nationally significant area.” There are 33 known caves inside the park but only six are allowed for visitors to explore.

Dingle has successfully marketed itself as an Eco-cultural destination of the province and continues to attract eco-tourists.  It is also known for a number of tourist attractions, such as the Filipino-Baroque architecture of St. John the Baptist Parish Church that was finished in 1886; the Nautod Wall, one of the major rock-climbing destinations in the Philippines, and; Mount Manyakiya known for its natural viewing deck that provides a panoramic view of the island of Negros.

The municipality of Dingle is 37 kilometers away from Iloilo City. It is bounded in the northeast by Anilao; northwest by San Enrique; southeast by Pototan and Barotac Nuevo; and southwest by Duenas. It is subdivided by 33 barangays distributed to its 7,750 hectare land area.

To get to the town, jeepneys or vans are available at the terminal in Barangay Tagbak, Jaro, Iloilo City. For more information, please contact, Mr. Dane Dizon – Municipal Tourism Officer at 09477424341.

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