The Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City is a showcase of the city’s rich heritage, history, people, and devotion. It is a celebration that traces and reflects the fun-loving spirit of the locals and has been a Thanksgiving celebration in honor of Senior Santo Niño, the child Jesus. Today, it is one of the most spectacular celebrations in relation to religion and culture.
The festival highlights are typically set on the fourth weekend of January together with a lot of exciting activities for the month. The religious highlight involves fluvial procession passing along the Iloilo River, and the traditional Dinagyang Ati cultural parade and competition.
The festival also is not complete without the Street Dancing Parade. This is one of the most awaited parts of the festival passing through the main streets of the city proper. Certain parts of the route are performance stages so that spectators and audiences could clearly watch the choreographed dance of the different competing tribes. Commonly, the performance stages are the Freedom Grandstand, Iloilo Provincial Capitol, Delgado-Mabini Streets, and Iznart Street. These places could only cater to limited seats, thus, they do it in a ticketing system. Outside the stages are colorful costumes, thundering and heart-pounding drum beats, and graceful performers.
For those who would like to attend the Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City, there is no need to worry about where to stay because the city is actually surrounded by a lot of hotels and accommodation businesses that are definitely affordable and comfortable. All you need to do is to book for rooms in advance because it is definite that most of them would all be booked and occupied at least a couple of weeks before the celebration.
While the Philippines has been a country of festivals, its people have also been noted to be one of the factors that made the country a happy one. Truly, it is more fun in the Philippines!