1st Philippine International Pyromusical Competition


1st Philippine International Pyromusical Competition

1st Philippine International Pyromusical Competition 2010 Launch Schedule of Activities :


Sunday February 14, 2010

– Philippines @ 7:00 PM

– Australia @ 8:00 PM

Sunday February 21, 2010

– United Kingdom @ 7:00 PM

– China @ 8:00 PM

Sunday February 28, 2010

– France @ 7:00 PM

– Japan @ 8:00 PM

Sunday March 7, 2010

– Singapore @ 7:00 PM

– Malaysia @ 8:00 PM

Sunday March 14, 2010

– U.S.A @ 7:00 PM

– Philippines @ 8:00 PM

Seat Location and Price
VIP (with dinner) @ 1500
Patron500
Gold300
Silver150
Gen. Admission100



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Philippine holidays and long-weekend schedule for 2010

As we bid goodbye to 2009 now is the perfect time for us to plan for our next vacation! 2010 will be a new adventure for me and by now I should be planning for my next travel adventure or just plain old leisure trip.

Plan your vacation here are the list of Philippine holidays and long-weekend schedule for 2010 based on RA 9492 and Proclamation 1841.

  • January 1 (Fri) – New Year’s Day (five-day long weekend from December 30 to January 3)
  • February 23  (Mon) – EDSA Revolution Anniversary (holiday for schools only, three-day long weekend from February 21 to 23)
  • April 1 (Thu) – Holy Thursday
  • April 2 (Fri) – Good Friday (four-day long weekend from April 1 to 4)
  • April 9 (Fri) – Araw ng Kagitingan (three-day long weekend from April 9 to 11)
  • May 1 (Sat) – Labor Day
  • June 14 (Mon) – Independence Day (three-day long weekend from June 12 to 14)
  • August 23 (Mon) – Ninoy Aquino Day (three-day long weekend from August 21 to 23)
  • August 30 (Mon) – National Heroes Day (three-day long weekend from August 28 to 30)
  • September – Eid’l Fitr (to be announced, calculated September 10, possible three-day long weekend from September 10 to 12)
  • November 1 (Mon) – All Saints Day (three-day long weekend from October 30 to November 1)
  • November – Eid ‘l Adha (to be announced, calculated November 16)
  • November 29 (Mon) – Bonifacio Day (three-day long weekend from November 27 to 29)
  • December 24 (Fri) – Non-Working Holiday
  • December 25 (Sat) – Christmas
  • December 27 (Mon) – Rizal Day (four-day long weekend from December 24 to 27)
  • December 31 (Fri) – Non-Working Holiday
  • January 1  (Sat) – New Year’s Day (three-day long weekend from December 31 to January 2)
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Dinagyang

What is Dinagyang?

The Dinagyang is a religious and cultural festival in Iloilo City, Philippines held on the fourth Sunday of January, or right after the Sinulog in Cebu and the Ati-Atihan in Aklan. It is held both to honor the Santo Niño and to celebrate the arrival on Panay of Malay settlers and the subsequent selling of the island to them by the Atis.

Dinagyang began after Rev. Fr. Ambrosio Galindez of a local Roman Catholic parish introduced the devotion to Santo Niño in November 1967. In 1968, a replica of the original image of the Santo Niño de Cebu was brought to Iloilo by Fr. Sulpicio Enderez as a gift to the Parish of San Jose. The faithful, led by members of Confradia del Santo Niño de Cebu, Iloilo Chapter, worked to give the image a fitting reception starting at the Iloilo Airport and parading down the streets of Iloilo.

In the beginning, the observance of the feast was confined to the parish. The Confradia patterned the celebration on the Ati-atihan of Ibajay, Aklan, where natives dance in the streets, their bodies covered with soot and ashes, to simulate the Atis dancing to celebrate the sale of Panay. It was these tribal groups who were the prototype of the present festival.

In 1977, the Marcos government ordered the various regions of the Philippines to come up with festivals or celebrations that could boost tourism and development. The City of Iloilo readily identified the Iloilo Ati-atihan as its project. At the same time the local parish could no longer handle the growing challenges of the festival.

The Dinagyang is divided into three Major events: Ati-Ati Street Dancing, Kasadyahan Street Dancing and Miss Dinagyang.

Today, the main part of the festival consists of a number of “tribes”, called “tribus”, who are supposed to be Ati tribe members dancing in celebration. There are a number of requirements, including that the performers must paint their skin brown and that only indigenous materials can be used for the costumes. All dances are performed to drum music. Many tribes are organized by the local high schools. Some tribes receive a subsidiary from the organizers and recruit private sponsors, with the best tribes receiving the most. The current Ati population of Iloilo is not involved with any of the tribes nor are they involved in the festival in any other way.

Dinagyang was voted as the best Tourism Event for 2006,2007 and 2008 by the Association of Tourism Officers in the Philippines.

The first festival in the world to get the support of the United Nations for the promotion of the Millennium Development Goals.

Cited by the Asian Development Bank as Best Practice on government, private sector & NGO cooperation. (from Wikipedia).

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I really wanted to use my own Dinagyang pictures but my face was all over it so I decided to use pictures from my lovely college professor Ces Maria Amular and you can avail her services by visiting Amular Photography

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