Presenting the Miss Dinagyang Iloilo 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00
One of the highlights of next year’s celebration of world-renown Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City is the search for Miss Dinagyang Iloilo 2015. Ten lovely Ilonggas were presented to the public last November 14, 2015 at the SM City Iloilo. Last year’s winner, Michelle Marie Monte, made her appearance during the presentation. The Coronation Night will be on January 21, 2015 at the University of San Agustin Iloilo Gymnasium.
The candidates are given more than two months to prepare for this prestigious beauty and brain contest in Western Visayas the home province of my hubby. They were selected as early as October.
The Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2015 committee is headed by fashion designer Alex Gonzales Soncio. He said the candidates epitomize the very best of the Ilongga woman with grace, talent, beauty and intelligence, as the search is going worldwide.
The 2015 candidates are Noelen M. Carreon, 21, Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, University of San Agustin; Licel D. Algecera, 19, of University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV); Aryel F. Pelingon, 19, BS Accountancy student of Central Philippine University (CPU); Rasel Marie D. Tabing, 22, registered nurse working at the Iloilo Mission Hospital; Mizpah Faith S. Tagabi, 21, BS Mass Communication student of West Visayas State University; Kristyl Kate T. Perez, 18, BS Tourism student of CPU; Vyl Marie C. Brodit, 20, BS Economics student of UPV; Sheila Mae A. Rojo, 20, BS Economics student of UPV; Zairah Maie G. Agsaluna, 18; and Ariane P. Gabriela, 22, third year medical student of Iloilo Doctor’s College.
Dinagyang is held every fourth weekend of January. This is the 47th Iloilo Dinagyang Festival celebration and will be held from January 23 to 25, 2015 with the theme, “Sum it up to the Top!” Aside from the colorful and thrilling Ati-Ati competition, the other events are the Kasadyahan Festival, the foot and fluvial procession, and the religious sadsad or religious street dance. In 2011, the tribe that won in the Ati-Ati tribal dance contest went to New York City to participate in the Philippine Independence Day celebration.
Iloilo Tourism Officer Ben Jimena said his office and the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation aims a nationwide reach with more performances for the At-Ati competition, rather than too much noise and voluminous props. “We will reduce the pros, introduce the pairing up of tribes with young students in colourful costumes to create impressive appearance,” Jimena said in a press release.
(Photo credits to Simply Iloilo and Miss Dingayang 2015 Facebook accounts).
By Tita Corteza
Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2014 16:09