Sunday, January 22, 2012

Dinagyang Festival 2012


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.


44 comments:

  1. Kanina lang napag-usapan namin ni lester na gs2 namin pumunta sa Ati atihan festival, tas post mo ito lels

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    1. Hehehe.. Yung Ati-atihan Festival sa Aklan, 3rd Sunday ata yun eh.. Yung Sinulog sa Cebu, 3rd Sunday rin yata. hehe.. Next year, Zyzy.. sana balik Iloilo ang mga bloggers, in time for Dinagyang. hehe.. :D

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  2. Wow, so colorful! ahihi. :)

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    1. So colorful, so saya! Too bad I've missed it.. :|

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  3. hay kasunod ng celebration ng Sinulog. Palagi bang 22nd and Dinagyang Ms. Leah or every fourth Sunday. Sana one day makapunta kami jan to join the celebration.

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    1. Nauuna talaga yung Ati-Atihan tsaka Sinulog. Yes, every 4th Sunday of January talaga ang Dinagyang. :D Punta kayo dito next year! Dali! Pabook na.. hihi.. excited? lol..

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    2. wait hanap ako ng flights, punta ako jan. Serious ako Ms. Leah. Ikaw kelan ka balik dito?

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    3. hehe.. oh sige, Next year, baka meron ding mga bloggers na pupunta dito. Dinagyang 2012! :) May plano sana ako this April, kaso yung birthday celebration na plano kong puntahan, parang walang kasiguraduhan. Yung Baler trip ata natin, na-move August daw.. Pista rin daw kasi, so mas madaming makikita. :p

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  4. Wonderful pictures! I can't wait for my toddlers to grow up so we can travel all over our country. It'd be greatif they could experience the different festivals firsthand.

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    1. Thanks to Rogelio. I borrowed some of his pictures. :)

      Yeah, we really should. Nakakalungkot rin naman if we are like strangers in our own country. The Philippines has lot of wonderful places we can visit. :)

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  5. Ahh that does look great, it's a shame you couldn't join in.

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  6. Hey Leah, I like the 3rd picture. Sort of disappointed to find out you weren't in it. =(

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    1. Oh hi, Myke. Hindi daw ako pwede, overqualified nako. Sobrang ganda kasi. Bwahahahaha! Joke. Ang kapal lang.. hihi. :P

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  7. Such a fantastic event in Iloilo... colorful, jolly, and full of fun... One day we'll gonna visit this place to witness this event.

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    1. Indeed! Come and visit Iloilo next year.. and celebrate Dinagyang 2013! :)

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  8. wow parang sa bacolod din ang festival niyo ate leah!! ang colorful din!! nakakatuwa sa mga ilonggo na place kasi pag andon ka in one day of communicating people nakukuha mo na ang tono ng pagsasalita nila no wonder why women falls in love very much with the ilonggos kasi super lambing nga daw!! lels!!

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    1. Ah yes.. hihi. Yun nga sinasabi nila, and I agree. malalambing talaga ang mga Ilonggo.. But well, syempre pg sobrang galit din, lumalabas din ang tigre. hahaha! :P

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  9. Ang saya naman! Sa 'men dito sa Malolos next Sunday pa ang Sto. Nino Feast.

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    1. Dami talagang festivals at pista kapag January.. sa ngalan ni Senor Sto. Nino.

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  10. Wow ang ganda!sobrang colorful

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    1. Oo nga, jaid. :D Dami pang pictures ke Rogelio, tatlo lang hiniram ko. hehe..

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  11. happy dinagyang. namimiss ko na umattend ng fiesta. :D

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    1. Daming pyesta kada January..hehe. Punta ka ng Iloilo, witness Dinagyang 2013!

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  12. This is one of the things I love about our country. The color, the revelry, the fun!

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    1. True, true.. :D Iba talaga dito sa Pilipinas. :D

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  13. promise, next year makakawitness din ako ng festival na to :)

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  14. that looks so awesome! I so wish we ahd festivals like that over here, the color and everything looks fab :) too bad you couldn't go ;(

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    1. Yeah, I just stayed in my bed, all day.. feeling bad. I really missed out on the fun..

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  15. Woah, looks cool! We rarely have any amazing festivals over here though. I really need to emigrate.

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    1. It is really cool. The festivals here are so colorful and FUN! Yeah.. you do that, Fang. :D

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  16. super ganda! sinulog naman icelebrate dito new-mexico style next week!.. great photos!:)

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    1. Mexico style! Woot woot! :D The photos are great.. thanks to Rogelio, I got those from him. :D

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  17. I heard great things about this Festival. Gusto ko din makawitness. Kahit anong festival sa Pinas, wala ako na-experience. Haha.

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    1. Haha! Sa paguwi mo, libutin mo muna ang Pilipinas bago ka bumalik ng Isteyts. hehe.. :p

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  18. Isa sa mga pangarap kong puntahan. Sana makapunta man lang ako kahit misan lang.

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    1. Next year, punta ka ng Iloilo! hehe.. :)

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  19. Sayang di ako nakapagleave for this.... pero sabay kasi to with the Ibajay Ati-Ati which I attended. Nice post/photos Ms. Leah :-) aysolabet

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    1. Ah, iba din yung Ati-Atihan sa Aklan, or the same festival din yun?

      Yeah, great shots. Thanks to Rogelio. Kegaganda ng mga kuha nya.. :D

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  20. Isa ito sa mga festivals na gusto ko makita, tsaka yung Masskara sa Bacolod (tama ba? sa Bacolod?) :) Parang ang saya saya saya kasi :)

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  21. so colorful and wonderful!
    sucks that you couldn't really participate. but hey, if it makes you feel better, i haven't really been to any of these festivals ever. :(

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