Defensor: Celebrate fiestas sans mass gatherings

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Towns and barangays may still celebrate their fiestas but the celebration must not involve mass gatherings, Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. said.

Last March 10, Defensor issued Executive Order No. 028-B, banning large public gatherings for 45 days as a precautionary measure against the possible spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

The governor said that coronation program for the fiesta queen, public dances, and sports tournaments should be prohibited during fiestas. (

People, however, can continue preparing big meals for the celebration, he clarified.

Doing away with mass gatherings during fiesta celebrations is a necessary sacrifice at this time, said Defensor.