Dinagyang: The Grandest Festival in the City of Love
Belle Piccio | Jan 24, 2016
Dinagyang Festival, a religious and cultural gathering held every January, is Iloilo City's widest and grandest celebration in honor of Santo Niño. The festival was patterned after Aklan's Ati-atihan Festival after Rev. Fr. Ambrosio Galindez witnessed the street dancing of Atis.
The festival is not as old as the Ati-Atihan Festival of Kalibo, Aklan but it is equally as grandiose. You’ll be impressed by the costumes and props used by the different tribes, the choreography, and the fast drum beats.
Dinagyang Festival has prepared and added a lot of activities. There’s the 5th Street Lantern Festival at Plaza Libertad that already started on December 1, 2015; several Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2016 pre-pageant competitions that also kicked-off in the month of December until its coronation night on January 20, 2016; and one of the most awaited events, Dinagyang Ati Dance Competition, is on January 24, 2016. Check the Dinagyang Festival 2016 schedule of activities below. (Schedule may subject to change without prior notice)
Dinagyang Festival 2016: Schedule of Activities
READ: Dagyang sa Dinagyang!
For inquiries, contact the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation, Inc. (IDFI) at (033) 336-3439 or visit them at the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand, J.M. Basa Street, 5000, Iloilo City, Iloilo.
How to Get There
From Manila, you can fly to Iloilo (estimated cost of PhP3,000++, round trip, one hour). You can also opt for a bus trip (estimated cost of PhP875++ per head, air-conditioned bus and boat fare, 17 hours plus).
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