Dinagyang 2018: 50 Years Of Celebrating Tradition, Culture & Devotion


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Choose Philippines | Jan 26, 2018

(Join the celebrations and watch the livestream of Dinagyang Festival wherever you are in the world on
Sunday, January 28, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.)

The history of Iloilo's Dinagyang, one of the biggest festivals not only in Visayas but in the entire country can be traced through the devotion to Senyor Sto.Niño. The festival also commemorates the legendary barter trade from the Ati natives and the arrival of the Malay settlers.

The festivities revolve around the the theme "TimelessTradition, Culture, and Devotion" which will be highlighted through various activities from January 26-28. 

Read: 10 Amazing Photos Of 3 Visayan Festivals: Proof That PH Has The Most Colorful Celebrations

Currently on its 50th year,  attendees of the Dinagyang Festival will be treated to fun and action-packed activities prepared by the committees of the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation, Inc. (IDFI). 

Masses and other liturgical ceremonies— Diana, blessing of religious articles, blessing of pregnant mothers and their children— will also be held in honor of Senyor Santo Niño. 

As part of the opening salvo of the festivities, beautiful candidates representing their hometowns competed for the "Miss Iloilo Dinagyang" title last January 19. 

There are also sporting events such as basketball, billiards, dart, archery, swimming, taekwondo, fun runs, and other physical activities for the athletic ones.

Here's the line up of events during the Dinagyang Festival 2018: 

  • January 24-28
    • 3:00pm – Fluvial Procession
    • 8:00am – Fiesta Pilipinas: Kasadyahan Regional Festival Competition
    • 6:00pm – Dinagyang @50: Parade of Lights
    • 9:00pm – Glitters in the Sky
  • January 28 – Dinagyang @50: Ati Tribe Competition

The Dinagyang Tourist Information and Assistance Center is situated at Robinsons’ Place Iloilo, SM City Iloilo and SM Delgado from January 15-28.

For inquiries, contact the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation, Inc. (IDFI) at (033) 336-3439 / 337-8341 or visit them at the Lee Chuan Dinagyang Lounge, Freedom Grandstand, J.M. Basa Street, Iloilo City, 5000.

(Dinagyang 2017 file photos courtesy of Michael Angelo Cubos unless otherwise stated.)

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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