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.

Cebu Libre - - FRONT PAGE - by Jessie D. Cam­pos

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.

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