Defensor impressed by Dinagyang tribe performances

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The spectacular performances and vibrant costumes in the Dagyang sa Barangay tribes competition and Kasadyahan sa Kabanwahanan merited the attention and time of guests led by First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos, according to Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr.

Araneta-Marcos watched Dagyang sa Barangay at Judging Area No. 1 (Freedom Grandstand) on Sunday. Also present were senators Bong Revilla Jr., Mark Villar, Risa Hontiveros, and Jinggoy Estrada;House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, and Rep. Geraldine Roman.

Celebrities Tessa Prieto-Valdez, Tim Yap, and social media influencer Small Laude were also spotted. (

Sen. Bong Go graced the Kasadyahan sa Kabanwahanan on Saturday. Several foreign dignitaries were also in attendance.

Dinagyang Festival 2023, organized by the Iloilo City government and the Iloilo Festivals Foundation Inc. (IFFI), was world-class, said Defensor.

The governor congratulated Mayor Jerry Treñas and the IFFI on staging the Dinagyang face-to-face after more than two years of restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This festival is our reward. I hope whatever help is shown during the pandemic, we will continue to do that for the city and province of Iloilo,” Defensor said in the vernacular.

The Iloilo Provincial Capitol joined Kasadyahan sa Kabanwahanan as a non-competing tribe.