Dinagyang Festival
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Visit the Dinagyang Festival 2017 and be part of the spiritual and cultural diversity weaving in the heart of the Philippines. Dinagyang Festival is observed to celebrate the spread of the Catholic religion across Philippines as well as to pay respects to Santo Nino.

The festival is marked every fourth weekend of January in the beautiful Iloilo City. Sometimes, the locals will celebrate this festival right after the Sinulog festival in Cebu City and the popular Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo.

Dinagyang Festival 2017 Schedule of Activities and Hotels in Iloilo City Offers

In addition to honouring the Santo Nino, the festival also seeks to pay tribute to the settling of Malay natives in Panay. During this Dinagyang 2017, locals come together to celebrate their culture, Christianity and he perfect blend that these two elements have created in their lives.

The name of the festival ‘Dinagyang’ is a local word that translates to ‘elate or to make happy’. This meaning captures the very essence of the festival which is merrymaking. The Dinagyang 2017 is categorized into three key events.

These events include the Kasadyahan Cultural Competition (held on Saturday), the Ati Tribe Contest (held on Sunday) as well as the beauty pageant to crown Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2017 (held through the week). These events add pomp and colour to one of Philippines’ most prominent festivals.

During the Tribe Contest, participants depicting local warriors dance away while chanting to the sound of the drum beats. The warriors are usually painted in black in line with the festival requirements. You should also look out for Dagoy, the official mascot of the Dinagyang Festival 2017.

A trip to Philippines is incomplete without enjoying this popular Iloilo City festival. Come and experience this one of a kind cultural heritage in the Queen City of the South. We carefully and meticulously searched for appropriate hotels in order to suggest and give you the most accurate accommodation options during the Dinagyang 2017.

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