IDFI to start selling Dinagyang tickets Jan. 13
The Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. (IDFI) will start selling the tickets for the right wing of the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand on Wednesday, Jan. 13.
IDFI’s chair of the committee on tickets and stages Engr. Carlos Borja said those interested to buy the tickets should go to the foundation’s office on Wednesday. They set the date for the interested local spectators to purchase the ticket.
Borja said they will not entertain reservations and no other date is set for the selling of tickets for the freedom grandstand’s right wing. They have to go directly to the foundation’s office. Each ticket costs P1,200. It is already good for the two days competition, the Kasadyahan and Dinagyang ati competition.
He said no other ticket outlets are authorized to sell tickets for viewing at the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand which is the judging area number 1.The right wing of the grandstand could accommodate 600 seats.
Borja added that they have reserved 100 tickets for balikbayans who want to have a better view of the annual festivity at the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand. All they have to do is present their passport and travel documents.
The tickets apportioned for the balikbayans is good only a day before the final competition. Borja however clarified that no reservation is also allowed for the balikbayans.
The committee is also contemplating of constructing another extension grandstand near the Regent Theater if the need arises. This is also to accommodate additional viewers, said Borja.
The decision on how to manage judging area 2 which is situated at the Iloilo Provincial Capitol is left with the provincial government. It is up for the provincial officials to come with their plans, said Borja.
The foundation is also waiting for the “offer” of the Philippine National Red Cross, Rotary Club, Iloilo Dart Association and Central Practical Shooting Association on the judging area number 3 (Quezon Street corner Ledesma Street) and judging area number 4 (Iznart-Maria Clara), said Borja.
Meanwhile, the Philippine National Red Cross is set to deploy some 130 first aiders during the festival. The PNRC has been helping the City Health Office (CHO) in the medical needs of the spectators as well as performers.
PNRC’s OIC Maricel Linga said they have nurses and doctors to attend to the health services of the people. Mostly, victims suffered from dizziness and minor wounds.
Spectators as well as performers left their homes without taking their breakfast. It is the main reason why they feel dizzy aside from the scorching heat of the sun, said Linga.
She added they are also on service during the food festival and merry making. There are some incidents where victims need minor medical treatment.