“Experience the vibrant and culturally-rich Dinagyang Festival! Join us each year in January as we celebrate the devotion to the Holy Child, Sr. Sto. Nino, and commemorate the legendary barter of Panay Island. Witness the breathtaking dances and colorful costumes of the Ati Tribes as they demonstrate the pre-Spanish colonization life of Panay. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!”
PHOTOS | WORDS BY MARIANO SAYNO
PUBLISHED April 22, 2017
Are you ready to experience some of the most unique and vivid festivities in the Philippines – Dinagyang Festival? This vibrant celebration of Iloilo is one of the largest and most celebrated festivals in the country and is dedicated to the devotion to the Holy Child, more commonly known as Sr. Sto Niño. Held every fourth Sunday of the year, it commemorates the legendary barter of Panay Island between its native inhabitants and Malay settlers.
It’s not just an event to behold, it’s an experience you’ll never forget! From mid-October until January, each tribe is hard at work, getting their carefully crafted costumes and rehearsing their intense choreography for the Ati Tribe Competition. When you see it for yourself, you’ll be blown away by the rich colors and special props the tribes use in their creative performances.
Each tribe presents a captivating glimpse into life in Panay before the Spanish colonization. The religious grandeur, cultural sensibilities, and social scenarios are beaming with grace and beauty. The audience will be mesmerized with the incredible visual storytelling that the tribes bring to the stage. It’s an amazing example of how the people in Panay come together to show respect and honor for our history and culture.
Do you want to join Dinagyang Festival and witness one of the best spectacles in the Philippines? This is your chance to explore a distinct part of Iloilo City’s culture and relish in the breathtaking culture that surrounds it. Come and be awe-inspired by the soulful rhythms of drums and the vibrant costumes of the Ati tribes. Don’t miss the chance to experience this sacred celebration and make a connection with its rich history.
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