Iloilo | Dinagyang | Ati atihan
The city of Iloilo will be in a state of celebration again when the drums start beating and the tribes start running around the city. Every January, the citizens of Iloilo celebrate the feast of Sto. Nino through the event called Dinagyang.
The Dinagyang is a yearly event where the city of Iloilo is flooded with tourist to witness the different tribes witness their talents and syncronization through dancing with the beat of the drums. It’s the time where people forget their worries and problems, and just go with the flow, chanting “Hala Bira! Viva Sto. Nino“.
I remember when I was still living in Iloilo. As early as November, I could already hear drumbeats at night (No! I wasn’t imagining things) because they were already practicing their moves. I would really admire their determination to win because aside from the pocket money they would get, they would bring glory to their school or baranggay or to whatever group they came from.
The event would be happening next weekend, January 23-25. So if you are planning to visit the Philippines for a short while, I suggest you visit it in January for the dinagyang festival. It’s really worth it. Go dance with the beats and mingle with the people painted in black with their tribal custumes.
For the schedule of activities, please visit Byahilo blog. hmm I wonder who will be the winner for Dinagyang 2009?
You may be also interested in the similar celebrations of other places in the Philippines.
- Cebu has the Sinulog
- Aklan has the Ati-Atihan
- Negros has the Kasadyahan.
Ah yah, as a last note, here is a youtube vedeo of the Dinagyang Champion last year 2008. Tribu Paghidaet.