Iloilo Dinagyang 2014 – Queen of All Philippine Festivals PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 January 2014 00:00

Hailed as the Queen of All Philippine Festivals, Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2014, will culminate this coming Sunday January 26. The opening salvo last January 17 was already spectacular. It is predicted that this premier tourist attraction will once again bring in more than 1.2 million spectators to enjoy and feel the beat of the Dinagyang drums.

Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation chairman Ramon Cua Locsin said the 2014 festival will bring in more foreign visitors and spectators as inquiries started to come in from other countries for hotel reservations this early. Foremost are Filipino balikbayans who have heard the world-famous festival in Iloilo City. Also coming in are groups from Canada, United States, China and Korea who have made the necessary reservations for performance tickets and hotels.

Dinagyang is Iloilo City’s version of the Ati-Atihan festival widely celebrated not only in Panay Island but also in other parts of the country. It may not be as ancient as the one in Kalibo in Aklan Province, but is definitely impressive in choreography and striking in terms of the various attires worn by participating tribes which reflect the ingenuity, craftsmanship and artistry of the Ilonggos.

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.

Today, the Dinagyang Festival has evolved into a big religious and cultural activity supported by both the government and the private sectors. It now features cultural presentations, sports competitions and various side events. The Festival was likewise adjudged the country’s tourism event of the year by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines for three consecutive years from 2006 to 2008

Major events are Miss Iloilo Dinagyang Coronation Night,  Dinagyang Street Food Festival, 4th Annual Dinagyang Festival Luces in the Sky Pyrolimpics, Salvo of a Thousand Drums, Tambor Trumpa Martsa Musika , Religious Fluvial and Solemn Foot Procession of the image of Santo Niño de Cebu, Kasadyahan Regional Festival, Mardi-Gras , Religious Sadsad ,  and Iloilo Dinagyang Ati-Ati Contest.

See you there!

By Dante Corteza

1 Corinthians 5:8. “Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”