The Department of Tourism Region VI may be quiet about its role in the yearly Iloilo Dinagyang Festival but DOT Region VI Director Atty. Helen J. Catalbas said the agency plays a significant role in the festival.
Director Catalbas said that every year since 2013, DOT 6 has given financial and promotional assistance and subsidy plus accommodation to each participating tribe of the Kasadyahan Cultural Showcase Competition. Another financial assistance was also given to Iloilo Dinagyang Festival in 2015 for hosting of the 1st Philippine Festival Costume Expo.
“DOT 6’s participation is not limited to financial sponsorships alone. We also invite national and international media personalities to cover the event as a mean of promoting the Iloilo Dinagyang Festival. In 2015, we have invited Santai Travel Magazine from Malaysia and Mr. Edu Jarque and Ms. Honey Jarque-Loop of Philippine Star to witness and experience Dinagyang”, Director Catalbas said. There were several promotional write-ups that appeared in their respective publications until late 2015 as a result of this visit.
Apart from the subsidy, DOT 6 also pays for the terminal fee and environmental fee of the contestants and event organizers of Ms. Iloilo Dinagyang Festival during their photo shoot in Boracay Island. This year, DOT 6 organized the participation of Iloilo Dinagyang Festival as Philippine representative to the Chinese New Year 2016 Celebrations in Hong Kong on February 7-10, 2016.
“DOT Region VI has always been supporting the Iloilo Dinagyang Festival and all other festivals in the region in any way it can. From sponsorship, promotional materials or even our simple presence during these events is a manifestation that DOT 6 promotes festivals as one of the many reasons why it is a must to experience Western Visayas first”, Director Catalbas concluded.
wordpress theme by initheme.com