Iloilo City celebrates Diamond Jubilee
Iloilo City’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations reached its climax last Saturday with a 16,000 strong civic parade at the old downtown. Contingents from local and national government agencies, schools, the private sector, and NGOs come together to parade under the sun and shout to the world how far the city has been in meeting its goal in becoming a Premier City.
The parade ended at the Freedom Grandstand where a program was held. Tribes from Dinagyang Festival, grupos from Paraw Regatta’s Sinamba, Lion and Dragon Dance Troupes from various Ilonggo Chinese Schools, and other spectacular performances added color and excitement to the showcase.
On the other side of the city, a Bombo Baroto Race was held at the Iloilo River. More than 20 participants joined the race which started at the Iloilo Bridge in Diversion Road. It seems water sports are getting a foothold at the Iloilo River following the successful Dragon Boat competition a week ago.
After the program, a food festival was held at Delgado Street (near Marymart). Ilonggos savored the best of local cuisine while a musical program entertained the crowd.
In the evening, the Diamond Jubilee Appreciation Night recognized the best in public service, education and heritage conservation. A fitting end to the regal gathering was the Rigodon de Honor.
Aside from the celebrations, Ilonggos also welcomed the completion of several government projects such as the Iloilo Esplanade.
Iloilo City’s 75th year as a chartered city is not just any other celebrations. It is a showcase of the city’s stride towards good governance, economic development and sustainability, public service, heritage and cultural conservation, and education. Indeed Iloilo City is now well positioned to achieve its goal as a leading city in aspects mentioned above. With the present administration under Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and the strong mandate from the people of Iloilo City, this dream is achievable within the next few years.
This is Iloilo City – My City, My Pride!
Diamond Jubilee Program at the Freedom Grandstand:
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog
Dinagyang Tribe Contingents
Baroto Race at Iloilo River