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Dinagyang Festival

Dinagyang Festival

The Dinagyang Festival is celebrated every fourth weekend of January tohonor the Christianization of the natives and to respectthe Holy Child Jesus. On this day, streets of Iloilo Citywill once again come alive as the Ilonggos celebrate theannual festivity. It is a very colorful parade coupledwith a dramatization in honor of the patron Saint Sto.Niño as the object of performs offerings andprayers amidst the cracking of drums and shouts of "VivaSeñor Santo Niño." The thundering of "HalaBira" by the tribe members makes the celebration a livelyone. It is also a very popular tagline used by Ilonggosto express their warm participation during the"Dinagyang" celebration. A tribute in honor ofSeñor Sto. Niño whom Ilonggos believe wasvery miraculous in times of famine and drought.

Dinagyang is an annual event, when the whole town rejoices,shouting their pride of being an Ilonggo and telling theirculture. It is a wonderful looking back to the past. It is notjust a celebration, it is a religious evangelization. Goingback to Iloilo is more like a past fulfilled and a lookingforward for future celebrations. It is our culture. The Aetaculture. That's why it is painting the townblack.