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IN PHOTOS: Beautiful Dinagyang Festival 2015

Marcos Caratao Jr

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IN PHOTOS: Beautiful Dinagyang Festival 2015
Scenes from the colorful festival, one of Iloilo's most prominent attractions

Iloilo City was packed once again with revelers and devotees Sunday, January 25, as people flocked to see the annual Dinagyang Festival celebrations.

Much of the downtown district was closed to vehicles to give way to the street dance performances of the highly anticipated Dinagyang Ati tribe competition.

I joined a sea of crowds, lured to the city center by thundering fast-paced drum beats and entranced by the spectacle of costumed street performers dancing in unison.

COME PLAY. Faces of #Dinagyang2015 #Iloilo #Philippines #IamIloilo #detourista Photo by Marcos Caratao Jr

See more photos here:

LET THE RAIN FALL. Sudden downpour during Tribu Panayanon's performance.   Photo by Marcos Caratao Jr
FESTIVAL SPIRIT. Even the threat of rain cannot stop the Dinagyang Spirit Photo by Marcos Caratao Jr
THE SHOW MUST GO ON. Dancers fill the streets at Dinagyang 2015.  Photo by Marcos Caratao Jr
TRIBUTES TO STO NIÑO. A scene from Dinagyang 2015.  Photo by Marcos Caratao Jr
LIVE DINAGYANG. Tribu Paghidaet performance at Dinagyang 2015 Photo by Marcos Caratao Jr

Dinagyang events started as early as November of last year with the main highlights held on the fourth week of January. The festivities draw an estimated crowd of one million people to Iloilo City every year.

Since its humble beginnings in 1967 as a religious celebration held in honor of the Señor Santo Niño (Child Jesus), the festival has evolved into one of the Philippines’ grandest festivals, and Iloilo’s biggest tourist draws. –

Marcos Caratao is a travel blogger based in Iloilo, Philippines who loves to go on off-beat adventures around the Philippines and beyond. Follow his adventures on Instragram or on his blog Detourista 


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