The Dinagyang Festival is a religious and cultural festival in Iloilo City, Philippines held on the fourth Sunday of January, or right after the Sinulog in Cebu and the Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan. It is held both to honor the Santo Niño and to celebrate the arrival on Panay of Malay settlers and the subsequent selling of the island to them by the Atis.
Dinagyang Festival News
Living in the Western Visayas gave me the opportunity to attend 2 of the major festivals in the Philippines: Ati-atihan and Dinagyang. To be honest, I'm not fond of attending big festivals and this is actually my first time after traveling for 4 years now.
More than the beauty of the Philippines, one main reason why tourists flock to the county is because of the vibrant festivals celebrated throughout the year. This entails a complete sensory experience - both for local and foreign tourists - since communities encourage visitors to imbibe domestic culture and tradition at every events.
For January alone, three huge festivals showcase why it is truly "more fun in the Philippines," a country which brings together cultural immersion and revelry together like no other.
Iloilo's Dinagyang Festival
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The Iloilo City Anti-Smoking Task (Icast) advised revelers not to smoke in public during the Dinagyang Festival, particularly during the highlights and food festival on January 25-27.
"Mayor Jose Espinosa III did not issue any suspension with regard to the implementation of our ordinances related to anti-smoking. Smoking is definitely not allowed in public places here," Icast Director Inigo Garingalao said.
Icast also tapped the help of Philippine National Police (PNP) to ensure the implementation of Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance that also prohibits tobacco advertising, promotions ...
Every 4th Sunday of January, right after the celebration of Sinulog Festival in Cebu and Ati-atihan Festival of Aklan, the streets of Iloilo City are filled with colorful decor, joyous music and exhilarating dances. This marks the beginning of Dinagyang Festival, celebrated to honor the Santo Nino and commemorate the arrival of the Malays in Panay and the sale of the island to the settlers by the Aetas.
The popular Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City and the Manggahan Festival of the island province of Guimaras were two cultural performances in the annual parade organized by the Philippine Independence Day Council Inc. (PIDCI), an umbrella organization of Filipino-American organizations in the East Coast, and backed by the Philippine Consulate General in New York.
"This is a fitting honor to mark the 50th year of the Dinagyang Festival, which has indeed come a long way for our great city of Iloilo to America," Mayor Jose Espinosa III said.
Representing Dinagyang are student performers fro ...
About 2 million tourists are projected to ascend to Baguio City this month as the city celebrates its annual Panagbenga Flower Festival, which was launched on February 1.
This was disclosed by the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Inc. (BFFFI), which assured visitors that the city is ready for them. In a news statement, BFFFI Cochairman Freddie Alquiros expressed confidence that Baguio is well-equipped for the upcoming festivities, especially in the aspects of accommodations, water and power, security and traffic.
"Water and power have been addressed in the past, and thus, operations hav ...