THE organizer of Iloilo’s Dinagyang Festival promises a grander festival this year by featuring more merry-making instead of the usual visual presentations.

“This time we will bring back the core, the spirit of Dinagyang which is really experiential not visual,” said Jobert A. Peñaflorida, president of Iloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc. which is organizing the event.

Dance contestants will perform in an arena where judges will be deployed, instead of the usual theater performance, he said.

The grand champion will take home P5 million worth of prizes. — Emme Rose S. Santiagudo