Dinagyang Festival

Iloilo City, Iloilo

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

  • Dinagyang Festival Screams Hala Bira Iloilo

    Dinagyang Festival Screams Hala Bira Iloilo

    January 24, 2014, after spending exactly a week in Cebu with Sinulog Festival being the trip's highlight, I flew next to Iloilo for yet another of Philippine's largest festivity, the Dinagyang Festival.

  • Iloilo City Dinagyang Festival 2017 Hala Bira

    Iloilo City Dinagyang Festival 2017 Hala Bira

    The colors and motions, the beats and sounds ??" Dinagyang Festival is uniquely a festival of faith, culture and tradition. Today, I joined thousands of people in the streets of the City of Love and captured the colors, moments, and spirits of Dinagyang Festival 2017. Yep, the "Hala Bira, Iloilo!" still sounds in my ears!

    Celebrated every fourth weekend of January, Dinagyang Festival is held to celebrate the conversion to Christianity by the natives, to pay respect and to honor the child Jesus Christ, Santo Nino. A festival that is quite similar to the Ati-atihan, just not as dated as Ati-a ...

  • Iloilo City Government Considers IP Day To Recognize Aetas As Part Of Dinagyang Festival

    Iloilo City Government Considers IP Day To Recognize Aetas As Part Of Dinagyang Festival

    The Iloilo City Government may allot a day for the Indigenous People (IP) as one of the events during the Dinagyang Festival to give recognition to Aetas believed to be the first settlers of Panay Island.

    The allocation of an IP Day for the group was among the recommendations during the post-Dinagyang assessment facilitated by Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog together with the local media Monday, January 23.

    "Dinagyang is all about them as well, aside from giving honor to Señor Santo Niño. It is good to have a day exclusive for the IPs," he said.

    The IP Day will allow Aetas ...

  • Dinagyang Festival Ends With Ati Tribe Competition

    Dinagyang Festival Ends With Ati Tribe Competition

    All eyes were glued at the 10 groups performing for the Ati tribe competition, the highlight of the Dinagyang festival in Iloilo City Sunday.

    With thousands of revelers joining the festivity, the Philippine National Police have implemented tight security measures throughout Iloilo city including the temporary shutdown of cellphone signals in the city proper, and in the districts of Jaro and Lapaz.

    The Dinagyang festival is celebrated in honor of the Santo Niño (child Jesus) and is held every third Sunday of January.

    The celebration showcases not just the artistry and rich heritage of ...

  • Sights And Sounds Of Dinagyang

    Sights And Sounds Of Dinagyang

    It's the merriest time of the year in this capital of Iloilo province as about a million Sto. Niño devotees, spectators and revelers poured into the streets for this year's Dinagyang Festival.

    The festival highlights the Kasadyahan contest??"a showcase of festivals, products and history of participating towns??"that was held yesterday and the Ati tribe competition slated Sunday.

    The Dinagyang, one of the festivals held in January in honor of the Sto. Niño (Holy Child Jesus), is known for the colorful brisk performances of Ati tribes in a street dance competition.

    The groups and trib ...

  • Bayluhay Celebrate The Barter Of Panay

    January is a hectic month for the city and province of Iloilo with a multitude of festivities celebrated during the first month of the year.

    Dinagyang may be the most famous festival commemorated in Iloilo but the southern town of San Joaquin may be another reason for visitors and tourists to flock the province and learn more about Panay Island's rich history.

    Every 3rd week of January, the town of San Joaquin celebrates the Bayluhay Festival.

    The festival showcases the historic barter of Panay Island as based on folk history of the Maragtas legend.

    According to the Iloilo provinci ...