Dinagyang Festival 2016 is happening on January 24, Sunday in the so-called “City of Love” – Iloilo City. And this year, we will be expecting a World Class Street Dance On the said Festival. Dinagyang Festival, a religious and cultural gathering held every January, is Iloilo City’s widest and grandest celebration in honor of Santo Niño. This was designed after Aklan’s Ati-atihan Festival after Rev. Fr. Ambrosio Galindez witnessed Atis’ street dancing.
Preparations for Sunday’s Dinagyang Festival 2016 in Iloilo City are now in full swing, as to expect world class performances to highlight the event.
Dinagyang Festival 2016 has prepared and added a lot of activities. There’s the 5th Street Lantern Festival at Plaza Libertad that already started on December 1, 2015; several Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2016 pre-pageant competitions that also kicked-off in the month of December until its coronation night on January 20. Vanessa Caro of Central Philippine University was crowned Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2016.
And one of the most awaited events of Dinagyang Festival 2016 is the Dinagyang Ati Dance Competition, which will be held on January 24, 2016.
Other activities are a music festival, fluvial parade bearing the image of the Sto. Niño, regional cultural competition participated in by representatives who took part in the Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo and Maskara Festival in Bacolod, fireworks display.
A stage has already been put up which will be used for the street dancing competition.
Ten groups will vie for the top prize in Sunday’s Ati street dancing contest.
Among the visitors expected are eight foreign ambassadors who are interested to experience the “Dinagyang Fever.”
From Thursday to Saturday, various activities have been lined up in preparation for Sunday’s big event.
Security has been toughened by police in anticipation of the arrival of visitors. Drone flying is prohibited.
Mapping of traffic plan has also been laid out by the police. And roads near the venue of the street dancing competition and Ati tribe competition have been closed.