Traditional Pamukaw jolts Iloilo to the highly anticipated Dinagyang 2020. The Pamukaw, or awakening, kicked off December 14 with simultaneous performances of barangay tribes all throughout Iloilo City. The event started with a program at City Hall grounds with Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas making the first drum beat, then followed by simultaneous performance of revived barangay tribes.
It can be recalled that barangay tribes were not able to grace Dinagyang for a period of nine years. Barangay based tribes are composed of barangay residents, construction workers, and out of school youths, among others. Apart from the Pamukaw, barangay-based tribes will also grace the ‘Dagyang sa Calle Real’, a day prior to the highly anticipating Dinagyang 360.
Veteran barangay tribes include the following: Tribu Molave – Arevalo Plaza; Familia Sagrada – Mandurriao Plaza; Tribu Parianon – Molo Plaza; Tribu Kanyao – Jaro Plaza; Tribu Aninipay – La Paz Plaza; Tribu Hamili and Sagasa – Plaza Libertad; Tribu Panaad – Sunburst Park; and Tribu Angola – SM City Iloilo.
SM City Iloilo, the sole mall that hosted the Pamukaw event, complemented the barangay performances. Newly created Iloilo Festivals Foundation Inc aspires to bring back merrymaking closer to spectators with a peek at what will transpire during the ‘Dagyang sa Calle Real’.
Tribu Sagasa – Plaza Libertad. Photo courtesy of Dinagyang 2020.
Tribu Angola – SM City Iloilo. Photo courtesy of SM City Iloilo.