Where we stayed: Ong Bun Pension House
The room for 3 that we got was quite new compared to what Ive seen online. For the price of only P1,100 per night, we got a spacious A/C room with hot and cold shower. The location is very convenient. It is walking distance to Robinson's Mall and SM. Centrally located between Freedom Plaza and Judging area 2. Street parties are also held in this street. And wifi connection is good, and free of charge!
Where we ate: Tatoy's, Breakthrough, Afrique's, Deco's Batchoy, and JD Bakeshop
Other places of interest: Miag-ao Church, Jaro Church, UP Visayas
Where we watched Dinagyang's perfromances: Street!
The night prior the much awaited street dance competition, Fhel, Mec, Nel, Carla, and I checked out the venues. We found out there would be 4 judging areas this year. The nearest to Ong Bun were Freedom plaza (#1) and #2. We thought the performance is for everyone to see, pero hindi pala. Tickets are being sold for P1,000 each! Grabe lang, it's too commercialized. Since we weren't prepared to pay such amount, we chose to be early on the street. There would be judging of street dancing too as the performers parade from one judging area to the next.
Four judging areas? Hindi ba na-consider ng organizers na low energy na ang dancers on the 3rd and 4th judging areas? Specially the dancers are going to perform on the streets too, under the heat of the sun. Trust me, wala ng energy yung iba as they dance. Oh well, that's their call.
The crowd is controlled. Barricades and police officers are everywhere. I just noticed walang pasaway sa Iloilo. Pag bawal sa area na yun, bawal talaga. That's discipline.
Did we regret watching in the street? Definitely not. We had more fun here. Not to mention Carla and I found the perfect spot to watch the street dance.
May harang and crowd control, pero deadma na yan once the performers passed by. We pretended to be one of the photographers.
Dinagyang 2012 Photos
According to some locals, Dinagyang means merry making. It was like a battle won by the soldiers. As for the feathers, the babaylans used the bird's blood as sign of good luck before the soldiers go the battle.
rock on carla! \m/
Some were still energetic and some were not. I understand everyone sacrificed for this event. It's really not about the prize, but the pride.
There are 13 groups who performed. The grand champion looked familiar because they wore the same costume last year.
Anyway, moving on..
We went back to the hotel tired but truly happy, specially we were only charged less than P100 in the carinderia. Winner!