Monday, January 08, 2007

Dinagyang 2007

News Round-Up:

Tourist arrivals in Boracay for the past 2006 exceeded the half a million mark, according to the Malay town Municipal Tourism Office. "Domestic tourists" comprised the bulk of visitors to Boracay (around 320,000) while foreigners accounted for the rest. Among the foreign tourists, Koreans comprised the most number, with some 110,000 of them visiting Boracay last year (read more here).

Now, even beauty contests are being politicized (read: "Dinagyang Beauties Laud GMA for Keeping Economy Sound"). More here.

The Dinagyang Festival is less than three weeks away. Preparations for Iloilo grandest mardi gras are well under way and this year's celebration promises to be one of the biggest in years. The event organizers, Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation, Inc. (IDFI), are thinking of reducing the number of participating Ati tribes from 20 to 15 this year to reduce costs and also to maintain quality (read more here). But the real downer for me is the report that Tribu Bola Bola will not be joining the main event of this year's festivities (read here). Tribu Bola Bola of the Iloilo National High School has been a consistent crowd favorite (and is my personal favorite) and it is truly disappointing not to see them this year.

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