For some people who doesnt know what is Dinagyang festival, i will explain it here to you. The Dinagyang festival a feast dedicated to the child Jesus Christ. One of the most popular Festival here in the Philippines. On January 26 and 27 a grand two day celebration is going to happen. Every Street is full of people, and will always hear the sound of the drums. I just cant wait for these days. Dinagyang is really the time to enjoy. So where did the Dinagyang festival started?
The Dinagyang Festival is celebrated every fourth weekend of January to commemorate the Christianization of the natives and to honor the Holy Child Jesus. It is a very colorful parade coupled with a dramatization in honor of the patron Saint Sto. Niño as the object of dramatized offerings and prayers amidst the cracking of drums and shouts of “Viva Señor Santo Niño.” The thundering of “Hala Bira” by the tribe members makes the celebration a lively one.
Attributed now to the annual, socio-cultural-religious festival of lloilo City, the word Dinagyang was coined by an old-timer, llonggo writer and radio broadcaster, the late Pacifico Sumagpao Sudario, and first used to name the festival when it was launched in 1977. lloilo City’s Dinagyang has its early beginnings in 1968, when a replica of the image of Señor Santo Nino was brought from Cebu City to the San Jose Parish Church by Fr. Sulpicio Ebderes, OSA with a delegation of Cofradia del Sto. Nino, Cebu members. The image and party were enthusiastically welcomed at lloilo City by then parish priest of San Jose Church, Fr. Ambrosio Galindez, OSA, then Mayor Renerio Ticao, and the devotees of the Sto. Niño in the City of Iloilo.