Iloilo Santo Niño Dinagyang Festival
Iloilo Dinagyang Festival is local fiesta originated from Iloilo City in honor of the Santo Niño. The feast is held annually on the fourth Sunday of January, right after the Sinulog in Cebu and the Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan.
The Iloilo Dinagyang festival is demonstration of the colourful history, rich heritage, passionate-devotion, and fun-loving spirit of the Ilonggo people. The feast traces its roots as a thanksgiving celebration, and it has grown to be one of the Philippines’ most stunning cultural and religious celebrations. Known for its legacy, popularity and innovation, Dinagyang festival is considered the most awarded festival in the country. As a result. it receives an honor and regarded as World Class Festival and dubbed as the “Queen of all festivals” in the Philippines.
The word “dagyang” means ‘to make happy,’ it paves the way for the participants to create brightly coloured costumes and headdresses that are made to represent the merrymaking with full of joy and fascination, likewise to create happy memories for all participants and spectators. The warriors are dressed in multicoloured indigenous costume and are made to dance rhythmically and performs various complex dance formations to the rumbling drums beats.