Dinagyang Festival is Iloilo City’s version of the Ati-Atihan festival. The event is highlighted by a dance showdown and street dancing competition (Ati grand parade and competition) scheduled on Jan. 25 - 27, 2012. It is a competition among tribes with warriors donned in striking and colorful attires that reflect the ingenuity, craftsmanship and artistry of Ilonggos.
A little bit of history on Dinagyang: An Ilonggo term for revelry or merrymaking, Dinagyang was coined in 1977 by Ilonggo writer/broadcaster Pacifico Sudario to describe the riotous celebration. Prior to this, Dinagyang was labeled “Iloilo Ati-Atihan” to differentiate it from other Ati-Atihan festivals. Iloilo Ati-Atihan dates back to the year 1967 when a replica of the image of Señor Santo Niño was first brought from Cebu by the San Jose Parish in Iloilo City. The image, accompanied by devotees from Cebu, was enthusiastically received at the Mandurriao Airport by the people of Iloilo. The festival has evolved into a grand religious and cultural event. Various activities have also been integrated to add color to the celebration.
Check out Dinagyang Festival's complete schedule of activities for this year:
For more info, please visit dinagyangsailoilo.com
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ABS, GMA and TV5 will also have their own coverage and concerts for this special event.
Dinagyang 2013 is the edition to watch out for as majority of the participating contingents in Kasadyahan Cultural Competition are festivals coming from the Western Visayas provinces.
This is also the year when previous Dinagyang Ati Streetdance and Aliwan Fiesta champions Paghidaet and Pan-ay will be absent from the festivities but has given birth to the merger of their toprank choreographers as Ramil Cencia Huyatid of Tribu Paghidaet (Lapaz National High School) and Rommel Flogen of Tribu Pan-ay (Fort San Pedro National High School) including their artistic teams join forces to relaunch Tribu Lunok/Silak of Iloilo City National High School and be now known as Tribu Panayanon.