ILOILO CITY, Jan. 28 — Tribu Tatusan of Caluya, Antique which was declared champion in the just concluded Kasadyahan Regional Cultural competition in the Dinagyang Festival 2015, is not aiming for hefty cash prize, revealed Sherwin San Pedro, Caluya Tourism Officer.
San Pedro said what matters most was that the tribe has excelled in its performance during the regional cultural competition to promote their own festival and more importantly, their entry to the Aliwan Festival in Makati City this year.
Tribu Tatusan emerged champion during the Binirayan Festival in Antique held December 29, 2014 prior to their participation in this years Dinagyang Festival.
The Tatusan tribe bested other nine competing festivals during the Kasadyahan tribes competition to be declared over-all champion and romped off with a big cash prize of Php 150,000 and a trophy notwithstanding the three minor awards for Best in Choreography, Best Choreographer and Best in Performance they have amassed.
The Caluya Tourism officer hoped the tribe will be given the privilege to represent the region in the forthcoming Aliwan Fiesta in Makati City sponsored by the Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) to be held in April this year.
Meanwhile, in an interview over a local radio station here, City Tourism officer Ben Jimena expressed elation over the successful and generally peaceful celebration of this years Dinagyang Festival.
Jimena said he feels happy, owing to many visitors who arrived to witness the biggest crowd-drawing tourism event in the region with the Philippine National Police and other security stakeholders doing their respective shares in the maintenance of a peaceful and orderly celebration despite the huge crowd.
Jimena said he was already used to a hectic schedule but he was so happy this time because every committee for the event had been functioning well.
He also admitted lapses for not properly informing the public relative to the newly introduced Costume Festival which showcased various festivals throughout the country but he assured the event will be a continuing activity in next years Dinagyang festival. (PNA)