ILOILO City – Dinagyang Festival willparticipate in this year’s edition of the Aliwan Fiesta, a competition of grandfestivals across the country, Mayor Jerry Treñas announced yesterday. This year’s Dinagyang champion, TribuPaghidaet of La Paz National High School, earned the privilege of representingthe festival and city in the Aliwan. Last year, the city government underthen mayor Jose Espinosa III did not showcase the Dinagyang in the Aliwanciting budgetary constraints.At yesterday’s thanksgiving luncheon hosted by the Iloilo Festivals Foundation,Inc. (IFFI), Treñas said around P4 million is needed for Dinagyang’s Aliwanparticipation this summer. Treñas said the city government willallot P1 million, the IFFI may shoulder P2 million and hopefully, the Iloiloprovincial government would shell out another P1 million. In 2018, Dinagyang failed to defendits 2017 Aliwan Fiesta championship crown. It was represented by the 2018Diangyang champion Tribu Panayanon of Iloilo City National High School whichsettled for a third place finish.Tribu Panayanon choreographer Romel Flogen blamed “budget issues.”Leyte’s Kasadyaan Festival (represented by Tribu Buraburon) was declared thechampion.Guimaras’ Manggahan Festival (represented by Tribu Mangunguma) placed second.Flogen was also its choreographer.“For the Dinagyang, I felt sad. Our limited budget limited our creativity,”said Flogen.The city government allotted P2 million for Dinagyang’s 2018 Aliwanparticipation. It was released late, according to Flogen’s co-choreographerGeorge Susvilla.A bigger budget would have made a big difference in Tribu Panayanon’spresentation, said Flogen.“Wala kita sang wow effects bala, wala spectacular parts nga mapa-wow ang tawo,” he said.Flogen was referring to arresting props that could have given Panayanon what hecalled “visual magic.”“This was what we heard from the audience after our performance at the QuirinoGrandstand. Kulang. Kun sa cake pa, kulang icing angDinagyang,” Flogen told Panay News.Preparation time was also short because the budget was released late, helamented./PN This year’s Dinagyang Festival champion, Tribu Paghidaet of La Paz National High School, has earned the privilege of representing Iloilo City in the Aliwan Fiesta, the so-called “mother of all festivals”, in Metro Manila this summer. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN
Perdue LogoWashington D.C.— Perdue Foods, LLC, a Perry, Ga. establishment, is recalling approximately 68,244 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically wood, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.The ready-to-eat chicken nugget items were produced on Oct. 25, 2018. The following product is subject to recall: [View Labels(PDF only)]22-oz. plastic bag packages of frozen “PERDUE SimplySmart ORGANICS BREADED CHICKEN BREAST NUGGETS GLUTEN FREE” with “Best By: Date 10/25/19” and UPC Bar Code “72745-80656” represented on the label.The product subject to recall bears establishment number “P-33944” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.The problem was discovered when the firm received three consumer complaints that wood was found in the product. A complaint was also reported to FSIS’ consumer complaint monitoring system. FSIS was notified by the firm on Jan. 17, 2019.There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Perdue Consumer Care at (877) 727-3447. Members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Andrea Staub, Sr. Vice President, Perdue Foods, LLC, at (410) 341-2755.
Winner of the National Travel Industry Award (NTIA) for best offline carrier for five consecutive years, Lufthansa German Airlines credits its Australian success to its relationship with travel agents. In a country as far away from Europe as is Australia, Lufthansa Australia general manager Kai Peters said the airline recognises the importance of the travel agent as a key promoter and as such makes a concerted effort to build and maintain its relationships with Australia’s travel agents. According to Mr Peters, the airline’s NTIA wins and subsequent entry into the NTIA Hall of Fame is indicative that the country’s tourism industry appreciates the attention. “Our promoter is the travel agent that’s why we are the NTIA best offline carrier award – because we make it easy,” Mr Peters told e-Travel Blackboard. “We really care about the agents.” “We have representatives out there visiting agents which many carriers don’t do anymore.” Lufthansa Asia Pacific vice president Uwe Mueller, in Australia to accompany the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra on a specially chartered flight tour, praised the Australian Lufthansa team’s success. Himself a professional pianist, Mr Mueller pointed out that like an intricate musical composition, travelling from Australia to Europe is a complex arrangement “and scheduling can be difficult”. “No travel agent is expected to know all the ins and outs of scheduling and that’s where we come in,” Mr Mueller told e-Travel Blackboard. Mr Peters agreed, saying, “We provide agents with training and incentivise agents as individuals as a big thank you for booking with us.” The specially chartered Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 will leave for Germany tomorrow, following two and a half week tour of the Gulf region, Australia and Asia. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A