January 22, 2012. Iloilo City celebrated its annual festival, Dinagyang Festival. The root word "dagyang" means "to make happy" or "merrymaking". The streets of Iloilo came alive as the happy Ilonggos dance, sing and cheer "Viva, Senor Santo Niño!" I had plans of joining the celebration, but they didn't push through due to some unforeseen circumstances.
The Dinagyang is a religious and cultural festival in Iloilo City, Philippines held on the fourth Sunday of January, or right after the Sinulog In Cebu and the Ati-Atihan in Aklan. It is held both to honor the Santo Niño and to celebrate the arrival on Panay of Malay settlers and the subsequent selling of the island to them by the Atis. - Wikipedia
Happy Dinagyang, Iloilo City!
* Pictures courtesy of Rogelio Gabiano Jr. of Pinoy Travel Freak.