Do you love stepping up to the beat?
Ever enjoy the sound of drums and bare feet stomping into the
pavement in perfect unison? How about joining the locals
dancing in the streets with a bottle of beer? If you do, the
Dinagyang Festival is just for you!
Dinagyang Festival is held on the 4th
Sunday of January every year, right after Cebu's Sinulog
and Aklan's Ati-atihan
is a religious and cultural celebration in Iloilo
honors the patron saint Santo
Niņo as well as celebrates the arrival on Panay of Malay
settlers and the subsequent selling of the island to them by the native
began after Reverend Father Ambrosio Galindez of a local Roman Catholic
parish introduced the devotion to Santo Niņo in November 1967. In 1968, when
a replica of the original image of the Santo Niņo de Cebu was brought
to Iloilo, the faithful gave the image a fitting reception starting at
the Iloilo Airport and parading down the streets of Iloilo.
Dinagyang is divided into three major events:
Street Dancing; (2)
Kasadyahan Street Dancing; and (3) Miss Dinagyang.
the main attraction of the Dinagyang
consists of locals competing in tribes, or "tribus," painting
bodies brown or black, dressing in costumes made of indigenous
materials, and dancing in the streets in groups with the drums.
high schools participate in
the Dinagyang and Kasadyahan competitions.
was voted as the Best
Tourism Event for
2006, 2007 and 2008 by the Association of Tourism Officers in the
The Dinagyang season is an
extremely busy time for the tourism industry in Iloilo, so it would be
wise to book your
your stay in
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