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Dinagyang Fever Erupts at Iloilo’s Opening Salvo

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Buntatalan-on-Dancers

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.

Gaisano

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. 

Sports-Complex

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-Mabilog

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, inspecting the venue and greeting the audience.

Tired of waiting, I walked to La Paz and arrived at Gaisano Capital.

La-Paz

Paghidaet-Sign

La-Paz-Paghidaet

Tribu Paghidaet performing at La Paz

Drummers

Drummers of Tribu Buntatalan-on

Salognon-Sign

Tribu-Salognon-Banner

Salognon-Dancers

Salognon Dancers waiting at Iloilo Bridge for their turn to amaze the crowd

Dinagyang Candidates also joined the motorcade to Iloilo Sports Complex:

Kyle

Miss Dinagyang 2012 Candidate – Kyle (above)

KarlaMiss Dinagyang 2012 Candidate – Karla

OPENING SALVO AT ILOILO SPORTS COMPLEX HIGHLIGHTS:

TRIBU PAGHIDAET

Tribu-Paghidaet-1

TRIBU BUNTATALAN-ON

Tribu-Buntatalan-on

TRIBU SALOGNON

Tribu-Salognon

Tribu-Salognon-3

Tribu-Salognon-2

TRIBU LUNOK

Tribu-Lunok

Tribu-Lunok-2

TRIBU MILAGROSA

Tribu-Milagrosa

TRIBU PAG-ASA

Tribu-Pag-asa

TRIBU ILONGANON

Tribu-Ilonganon-3

Tribu-Ilonganon-2

Tribu-Ilonganon

TRIBU MOLAVE

Tribu-Molave-1

AFTERMATH

E-Lopez-Jaro

E. Lopez is 100% pedestrianized

Tribu-Milagrosa-Truck

Tribu Milagrosa Drummers preparing to go home

Iloilo City and the whole Philippines, better prepare for a more intense and exciting Dinagyang Festival this 2012!

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