Dinagyang Festival

Dinagyang Festival

The Dinagyang Festival is the "Queen Festival" of the Philippines.  It is a religious and cultural festival in Iloilo City held every fourth Sunday of January.  It is a festival in honor of the Sto. Nino and to celebrate the arrival to Panay of Malay settlers and the subsequent selling of the island to them by the Atis.

The Dinagyang Festival is the "First Philippine Festival" declared by the international press as a "World Class Festival".  It is divided into three major events:  Ati-Ati Street Dancing, Kasadyahan Street Dancing, and Miss Dinagyang.

The main part of the festival consists of a number of "tribes" supposed to be Ati tribe members dancing in celebration.


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