Dinagyang Festival to breathe life anew to Iloilo streets | Inquirer News

Dinagyang Festival to breathe life anew to Iloilo streets

/ 05:06 AM January 05, 2023

Ati tribes compete in a street-dancing competition in the 2020 staging of Iloilo’s Dinagyang Festival. STORY: Dinagyang fest to breathe life anew to Iloilo streets

TRIBAL BEAT | Ati tribes compete in a street-dancing competition in the 2020 staging of Iloilo’s Dinagyang Festival, more than a month before the COVID-19 pandemic was declared. (Photo by NELSON RONDAN / Contributor)

ILOILO CITY, Iloilo, Philippines — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. as well as ambassadors from at least eight countries are expected to witness this year’s Dinagyang Festival, which marks the return of its in-person celebration three years after physical activities had been limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Jerry Treñas on Tuesday said that the president, first lady Liza Araneta-Marcos, and their children, confirmed their attendance at the festival, held in honor of Señor Sto. Niño, on Jan. 22.


Also expected to attend are the ambassadors of Panama, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nigeria, Norway, and Hungary.


“We are very excited for Dinagyang. I think we have started the year very hopeful that it will even be better than last year,” Treñas said.

At least eight barangay-based tribes will be competing in the festival. These are Tribu Sagasa, Tribu Parianon, Tribu Panaad, Tribu Familia Sagrada, Tribu Molave, Tribu Ilonggohanon, Tribu Kanyao sang Baybayanon and Tribu Halimau.

Major events

The 55th Dinagyang Festival, which runs from Jan. 20 to Jan. 22, will be held mainly at the city center, but other activities would be staged in Mandurriao district.

Major events include the opening program on Jan. 13, Miss Iloilo 2023 pageant on Jan. 18, and the Dinagyang food festival from Jan. 19 to Jan. 22.

Fluvial and foot processions in honor of the Sto. Niño will be held on Jan. 20, followed by a grand religious “sadsad” (worship dance) and the Parade of Lights on Jan. 21.

On Jan. 22, the feast day of Señor Sto. Niño in Iloilo, a pontifical Mass would be celebrated before the Dinagyang sa Barangay Tribes Competition.


This year’s festival, which carries the theme “Iloilo Dinagyang 2023: Pasalamat kay Señor Sto. Niño,” will highlight the Ilonggos’ gratefulness to the Holy Child Jesus for his protection and guidance, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dinagyang started in 1968 when Fr. Sulpicio Enderes, OSA, with a delegation of the Cofradia de Cebu, brought a replica of the image of Sto. Niño de Cebu to Iloilo City. The image was taken to San Jose Parish Church where it is enshrined until now.

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

In 1977, organizers changed “Ati-Atihan” to “Dinagyang” from the Hiligaynon word “dagyang,” or merrymaking, to avoid duplicating Kalibo’s Ati-Atihan. Dinagyang is held every fourth Sunday of January while Ati-Atihan, like the Sinulog Festival of Cebu, is held every third Sunday of January.



‘Walk with Jesus’ kicks off Cebu’s Sto. Niño festival

‘Pamukaw’ marks resumption of in-person Dinagyang Fest in Iloilo City

Iloilo, Aklan scrap Dinagyang, Ati-atihan parades

TAGS: Jerry Treñas

© Copyright 1997-2024 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.