The showcase festival of the Ilonggos
The 2016 Dinagyang Festival will hit Iloilo’s major thoroughfares this Sunday. Be part of the fun and experience the Ilonggos’ noted hospitality.
As the slogan of the Depar tmen t o f Tourism proudly declares, “Its more fun in the Philippines.” And this month, the fun escalates with colorful festivals unfolding all over the archipelago designed to enthrall both the domestic and foreign tourists.
After the Sinulog Festival in Cebu City and the Ati- atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan wrapped up last weekend, another festival awaits visitors in IloIlo City – the Dinagyang Festival.
The Dinagyang is a religious and cultural festival by Ilonggos held every 4th Sunday of January. And like the Sinulog and Atiatihan, the celebration is held in honor of Sr. Sto. Niño.
The Dinagyang Festival was introduced by the first Filipino Rector of the Augustinian Community and Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Ambrosio Galindez in 1967, after observing the Ati-atihan fes- tival in Aklan.
The following year, a replica of the image of Santo Niño de Cebu was brought to Iloilo by Fr. Sulpicio Enderez, as a gift to the San Jose Parish.
The observance of the Feast was first confined in the parish. Later, natives started dancing on the streets.
To da y, th e D inagyang Festival has become one of the more popular Philippine festivals and was voted for three consecutive years as the Best Tourism event by the Association of Tourism Officers in the Philippines. It was also dubbed as the most spectacular religious and cultural festival in the country.
Th i s ye a r ’ s D inagyang will be celebrated this Sunday where 10 contingents from different tribes wi l l compete . The tribes include Tribu Panayanon, Tr ibu Obrero, Tribu Bayb ay a n o n , Tr ib u Ilonganon, Tribu Atubatub, Tribu Dagatnon, Tribu Salognon, Tribu Buntag-tala, ribu Panay and Tribu Paghidaet. They will compete for top prizes with tribal dances and costumes in honor of Sr. Sto. Nino.
Spectators will surely enjoy the colorful costumes, the lively beat of the drums and the energetic performances of the participating tribes. Plus you can join the merry making.
As an added attraction, the Kasadyahan Cultural Competition was introduced in 1980 showcasing the talents of students from different national high schools as well as the rich cultural heritage of Iloilo. The Kasadyahan Cultural Competition is held a day before the Dinagyang grand parade.
The Dinagyang Fest iv a l ha s e vo l ved through the years, and the competition has now gained worldwide attention.
VOTED for three straight years as the Best Tourism event by the Association of Tourism Officers in the Philippines, the Dinagyang is simply an event that should never be missed.