Everyone is getting ready for the upcoming Dinagyang Festival 2014. Every year, Ilonggos celebrate one of the most spectacular event in the Philippines. According to the national statistic, the number of tourist increases every year in Iloilo city to attend and witness Dinagyang Festival. The Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation, Inc. secure the event every year to bring a world class festivity. This festival held on the fourth Sunday of January, or right after the Sinulog In Cebu and the Ati-Atihan in Aklan.
The festival was first started to celebrate the feast of the Sto. Nino. From a parish church festivity to honor the Child Jesus, the celebration has evolved to become a religious-cultural activity. It is now a vehicle to promote Iloilo as a tourist and investment destination. Dinagyang was voted as the best Tourism Event for 2006, 2007 and 2008 by the Association of Tourism Officers in the Philippines and awarded as Queen Festival of the Philippines for 2011 by ATOP. It is the first festival in the world to get the support of the United Nations for the promotion of the Millennium Development Goals, and cited by the Asian Development Bank as Best Practice on government, private sector & NGO cooperation.
Traveling to Iloilo is much easier than before. The airport has been improved with first class facilities. You don’t need to worry because Iloilo is surrounded by luxurious hotels and restaurants to give you a memorable stay in the city.
Ilonggos are very hospitable. They love to serve the guest and give them the best thing that they can offer to satisfy the visitors. It is very easy to communicate with the local. Most of the Ilonggos are highly educated, so if you don’t know how to speak the local dialect then Ilonggos will talk to you in English.
Shopping around the city is not a problem. Iloilo has a lot of shopping malls where you can find good quality items. Souvenirs is not a problem because you can actually find a lot of stores that give you the best local products.
Schedule of Activities you shouldn’t miss:
|13 December, 2013||Friday||3:00PM||Pamukaw (“Awakening” activity)|
|17 January, 2014||Friday||3:00PM||Opening Salvo along the Street Parade Route||Festival route|
|22 January, 2014||Thursday||7:00PM||Miss Iloilo Dinagyang Festival Coronation Night||University of San Agustin Gym|
|23-26 January, 2014||Thursday to Sunday||5:00PM onwards||Dinagyang IHRRA Food Festival||Delgado Street|
|24 January, 2014||Friday||7:30AM||Salvo of a Thousand Drums||Arroyo Fountain Area|
|24 January, 2014||Friday||8:00AM||Tambor Trumpa Martsa Musika||Bonifacio Drive to Freedom Grandstand|
|24 January, 2014||Friday||3:00PM||Religious Fluvial and Solemn Foot Procession of the image of Santo Niño de Cebu||Fort San Pedro to Iloilo Customs House, followed by solemn foot procession to San Jose de Placer Church. Festival route|
|25 January, 2014||Saturday||8:00AM||Kasadyahan Regional Festival||Street Parade Route Festival route|
|25 January, 2014||Saturday||2:00PM||Sponsors Mardi-Gras||Street Parade Route Festival route|
|25 January, 2014||Saturday||7:00PM||Religious Sadsad||San Jose de Placer Parish Church|
|26 January,2014||Sunday||6:00AM||Concelebrated High Mass||San Jose de Placer Parish Church|
|26 January, 2014||Sunday||8:00AM||Iloilo Dinagyang Ati Contest||Street Parade Route Festival route|
|26 January, 2014||Sunday||7:00PM||Awarding Ceremonies||Iloilo Freedom Grandstand|