Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hala Bira! Dinagyang Festival 2011

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Just a week after Sinulog Festival is the Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City. Same with Sinulog, Dinagyang is celebrated in honor of the Holy Child. This festival started when a replica of Sr. Sto. Niño de Cebu was brought to Iloilo. The festival also features fluvial procession and land procession but the main highlight however is the Ati streetdance competition.

It was my first time to cover the festival. Though I had a hard time taking pictures because of the strict marshals, the experience was really amazing! In addition, it is quite hard to get a festival pass. They only release passes to media, bloggers, and the like. According to the person-in-charge of the passes, it is their only way to make sure that the Festival

With regards to the street dance, Dinagyang has the most energized dancers I have experienced so far. Dancers move in a very snappy, sharp, and swift way. Together with well-constructed sets and props, expect a FABULOUS performance from the contingents! Festive drumbeats, tall and colourful headdresses, dark-toned complexion are some of the trademarks of Dinagyang Festival.

Come and experience the fun Dinagyang Festival has to offer!


Travel and Coverage Tips:
-Same with other major festivals, book early both accommodation and flights.
-Van and metered taxi are available outside the airport. Standard rate is around P200. The airport is pretty far from the city. My suggestion is for you to take the van going to SM Jaro. From SM Jaro, jeeps and taxi are available. It is much cheaper than taking the taxi from the Airport going to the city proper.
-For those who would like to take photos, you may you may contact Dinagyang Foundation at (033) 336 3439 or visit www.dinagyangsailoilo.com/
-On the festival day, it's really hard to get a ride. Major streets are closed. Wake up early and take a ride going to the nearest judging area or parade route.
-Download the schedule of activities and parade route for reference.

Listen to the Dinagyang music, press play!

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