Dinagyang Fever Erupts at Iloilo’s Opening Salvo
At 3 PM today (local time), Iloilo City once again was gripped by Dinagyang fever on its Opening Salvo. When the first drum beat was heard at Freedom Grandstand, the whole city stopped and the people converged on the parade routes – watching the spectacle and supporting their favorite tribes.
The first destination, Freedom Grandstand was filled with spectators as the first tribe, Paghidaet, showed its callisthenic dance moves accompanied by furious drum beating. Other twelve tribes followed suit and moved on to the next area – in front of the Iloilo Capitol. The third stop, La Paz in front of Gaisano Mall, was jam-packed with people, both local and foreigners. Finally after three hours, the tribes arrived at the Iloilo Sports Complex to entertain their fellow Ilonggos.
The whole city was locked down as major traffic arteries were closed and walking was the order of the day. From Calle Real to E. Lopez Street at Jaro, people were walking.
Free from any costume and soot, you can see the people behind the intense street dancing and beautiful choreography – young students, professionals, and devotees of Senor Sto Nino. It was very amusing to see them in their colorful “exercise” attires, doing identical callisthenic moves.
Posted here are photos of the 2012 Opening Salvo’s highlights.
I first arrived at the Iloilo Sports Complex, still fresh from duty, complete with my nursing uniform. I inspected the area, already packed with spectators.
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, inspecting the venue and greeting the audience.
Tired of waiting, I walked to La Paz and arrived at Gaisano Capital.
Dinagyang Candidates also joined the motorcade to Iloilo Sports Complex:
Miss Dinagyang 2012 Candidate – Kyle (above)
OPENING SALVO AT ILOILO SPORTS COMPLEX HIGHLIGHTS:
Iloilo City and the whole Philippines, better prepare for a more intense and exciting Dinagyang Festival this 2012!Tags: Dinagyang, Iloilo City, Metro Iloilo - Guimaras