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Iloilo gears up for Jaro fiesta

In Event on April 23, 2011 at 8:02 am

Jaro Cathedral Belfry

GROWING up in such a scenic place, I must admit, I took for granted the beautiful spots that Jaro offered. I have spent most of my waking hours walking, looking, smelling and witnessing almost everything that Jaro offered me. I was too blind to see that I live in one of the most beloved districts of Iloilo City.

Being a Jareno, the annual fiesta celebrated every 2nd of February is such a grand event. People from different parts of Iloilo would flock to Jaro to participate in the festival. Some would go to the church to honor the district’s patron saint, Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria, said to be miraculous. Some would go there to visit their relatives and friends.

History showed that Jaro used to be a bustling town in Panay even before the Spaniards came. It was the seat of governmental power and business activity and center of Catholicism in the entire Iloilo Province and not the other way around as it is today.

This year, however, marks a momentous occasion in the Jaro fiesta tradition. The Association of Barangay Captains here in Iloilo and the Dinagyang Organizers decided to merge the event because after the Dinagyang highlights, the Jaro Fiesta follows a few days later.


Lots of activities were prepared by the ABC led by barangay chief Julieta Diamante. The celebrations will be kicked off by Saturday’s opening parade. The beautiful princesses Jea de la Gente, Ma. Corazon Dolar, Toni Ellyza Tanchuan, and Katrina Marie Muyco with their escorts, Queen Camille I, the daughter of Senator Manny Villar, and escort Alberto Lopez III will parade through the streets of Jaro in their fluvial floats.

Before the presentation of the royal court, there will be a parade which will start in front of SM Jaro at 3 p.m. followed by ribbon cutting.

Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Trenas, Iloilo Congressman Raul Gonzales Jr., Senator Manny B. Villar, and fiesta queen Camille A. Villar will give messages to their fellow Ilonggos.

On January 22, the Girl Scouts of the Philippines will have their activity. On the following day, January 23, the Association of Senior Citizens will also have their activity. January 24, meantime, is the day for all the rockers of Jaro since there will be a battle of the bands. January 25 will be the Search for Mutya ng Jaro 2006. The Jaro Cultural and Historical Foundation will conduct their activity on January 26. On the 27th is the day for the Association of Baranggay Kagawads Jaro District’s activity.

A coronation night for the children’s fancy ball parade followed by a bodybuilding contest will take place on the 28th of January. On the 29th will be the day allotted for the Sangguniang Kabataan’s activity. January 30 will be the day for the Filipino-American School Town’s activity. On January 31, the College of Criminology of the University of Iloilo will conduct their activity.

February 1 will be the presentation of Queen Camille. And on February 2, the fiesta day, will be the Jaro Fiesta Queen Coronation night with the beautiful daughter of Senator Villar as the queen.

With all these activities ahead for the upcoming fiesta, indeed Jaro is the most famous and the most beloved district of Iloilo.

Re-post from my old article published in Sunstar Daily

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