‘Fiestas in the City’ highlights WV’s tourism offerings

5/23/2015 Randomly Candid 1 Comments

Dinagyang Festival champion, Tribu Panayanon
gives the audience a sneak peak on whht to expect
in the week-long "Fiestas in the City".
THE month of May has been tagged as the “Fiesta Month” as it is on this time of the year when most barrio fiestas are being held.

SM City Iloilo brings the barrio fiesta feel in the city by staging the annual “Fiestas in the City”.

Now on its 13th year, “Fiestas in the City” has gone bigger as it has now become a region-wide event participated by the different provinces of the region namely, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental.

SM City Iloilo mall manager Engr. Gilbert Domingo said that “Fiestas in the City: serves as thleir commitment in promoting the beauty and culture of Western Visayas.

He added that the flagship project of the Department of Tourism (DOT) Region 6, “Experience Western Visayas First” encapsulates the very essence of the said event.

“It is through love and appreciation of our region first before we can introduce it to the rest of the country and the world. I hope that this weeklong activity will rekindle our interest to visit, appreciate and love our own Western Visayas through the dance, the song and the products and everything that this beautiful region has to offer,” he stressed.

Tourism Officers if the cities and provinces of
Western Visayas lead the ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony
of the Destination Booth and Trade Fair.
Meanwhile, Iloilo City tourism officer Ben Jimena said that tourism is more that the attractions that a certain place have. It is also about the people, the products and the place itself.

“Fiestas in the City” also makes people aware that fiesta is important. Jimena explained that Fiesta a keyword for tourism as it stands for Fun; Infrastructures; Engaging hosts; Safe and Secured Place, Track record in being hospitable; warm and friendly; and Accessible to visitors.

He is also happy to note that tourism industry in on the trend as the government has learned the importance and significance of tourism as an industry.

“Fiestas in the City” is a week-long celebration of culture, products and attractions of the provinces of Western Visayas.

Each province will be highlighted everyday as they will be given the spotlight to showcase their tourism offerings. It was kicked off by Aklan Day on May 19; Negros Occidental and Bacolod City Day on May 20; Capiz Day on May 21; Iloilo Province and Iloilo City Day on May 22; and Antique Day and Guimaras Day on May 23 at 2 pm and 4 pm, respectively.

“Fiestas in the City” will be capped by a parade of festival queens of the region through a Sagala on May 23.

A Destination and Booth and Trade Fair which showcases the various products and attractions that could be found in each region is also open from May 18 to 24.

This year’s “Fiestas in the City” carries the theme “Experience the Best of Western Visayas”.

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