Hala Bira Iloilo! Dagyang Kita!
The first quarter of the year, the months of January and February especially, are the busiest months in my city. We got lots of festivities installed for local and foreign tourists. In January, we start our year with Dinagyang festival, and it is followed by Paraw Regatta, one of the oldest sailing competition in the Philippines, in February. For this post, let me talk about the best festival in the Philippines. Yes, you heard it right! I’m sorry if I may be offending others readers for this but I am just one proud Ilonggo here. ^^
Dinagyang is a major festival in Iloilo and perhaps in the whole Philippines. In fact, it is a Hall of Famer in Aliwan festival which is a competition of all festivals in the Philippines. This world class festival is often sent abroad to represent the Philippines and invite more tourists. It is usually celebrated in honor of Senior Sto. Nino.
This year marks the 50th year of the Dinagyang Festival. The main activities are set from January 26~28, 2018.
To know more about the Dinagyang history, I will link you to the Dinagyang Festival Official website.
Days and even months before this festival, we could hear drum beats even up to midnight in Plazas and schools. We can see how much love and effort are put into the preparation of this festival not only by the organizers but also by the tribe participants.
Dinagyang is also known to be the time for family reunions as a lot of people from abroad go home to join the celebration. There are parties everywhere, and road closure too! hehe ’tis the season of walking for those who want to witness the competition up-close. Nevertheless, there is no tiring walk for a bunch of friends who never seem to run out of chitchat topics.
Those who are interested to join the fun, below is the schedule of activities which I got from Dinagyang FB.