Iloilo City’s 73rd Charter Day Celebration highlights Ilonggo culture with the theme "Dakbanwang Iloilo Bugal Ko" (Pride of Place) with line-up of activities that kick off with a thanksgiving mass at Robinsons mall food court last month.
The 40-day celebration will climax on August 25 which aims: to create public awareness of the history and development of Iloilo as a city; to arouse community sense of pride of place; and to showcase the celebration as link to culture and heritage.
Exhibits in the themes of "Ilonggo Arts and Crafts," "Iloilo Then & Now", "Ilonggo Way of Life" and "Images of Iloilo City" organized by City Planning and Development Office, City Engineer’s Office, Department of Trade and Industry, Iloilo City Cultural Heritage Conservation Council, Photographic Society of Iloilo, Photo Artists League of Iloilo and Department of Education opened at Robinsons July 16-31.
The displays are also being made for two other venues like Gaisano City on July 28-August 10 and SM City on August 11-25.
The Ilonggo Music Festival will be presented through competitions like Iloilo Got Talent on August 27 and Iloilo City Hymn Writing Contest on August 28 at Freedom Grandstand to be sponsored by ABS-CBN, DepEd and Iloilo City Police Office.
The Search for Mr. & Ms. Iloilo City will be sponsored by Association of Barangay Captains, Barangay Affairs, GMA, DepEd and CTDO on August 24 at 6pm at Freedom Grandstand. An oratorical contest will be supported by ABS-CBN and DepEd on August 25.
Meanwhile, food festivals of Ilonggo dishes are scheduled on August 27-28 at Delgado Street, City Proper to be organized by ABS-CBN; Iloilo Hotels, Resorts and Restaurants Association, Iloilo Producers Association and DTI.
Also in the making is the "Search for Dungog Sang Dakbanwa Sang Iloilo" which envisions to honor "Great Ilonggo Achievers." (PNA) /MP