Few Tips to Enjoy Dinagyang Festival
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Few Tips to Enjoy Dinagyang Festival

Dinagyang, awarded as the best Philippine festival, is celebrated in the third week of January right after a similar festival in a nearby town of Iloilo City. It came from the word “Dagyang” which means fast movement, which agrees to the fast movement of tribal dances along the city streets as the highlighted event of this Philippine festival.

The Philippines is an archipelago composing of 7,107 islands, each having its own festivities. Having been part of Spanish colonialism, the Philippines is highly religious as a country pulling its roots from the Catholic sect which is the reason for abundant Philippine festivals often celebrated in honor of patron saints, deities and rich harvest.

The sultry weather, the warm breeze, the tanned skin and the beautiful smiles, welcome you to the Philippine shores. If you’re in for some jam-packed Philippine festival experience and don’t know exactly where to go and what festivity is celebrated for the month of your visit, no worries. Every island in the archipelago has its own Philippine festival every month. A grand slam winner in the national competition for the best Philippine festival was awarded to Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City.

Dinagyang, awarded as the best Philippine festival, is celebrated in the third week of January right after a similar festival in a nearby town of Iloilo City. It came from the word “Dagyang” which means fast movement, which agrees to the fast movement of tribal dances along the city streets as the highlighted event of this Philippine festival. It starts with an opening event where the streets close for drumbeats and parade, a street food dining follows the following nights along the city streets under the night sky.

Here are some tips for you to enjoy a fun, exciting and memorable Philippine festival experience, the Dinagyang festival.

• Plan your visit ahead of time. It is wise to plan ahead to avail promos and discounts on packages offered.

• Have a hotel reservation. Rush hotel accommodations can lead to expensive prices or no vacancy at all. Choose a hotel which is close to the heart of the city to get a closer view of this Philippines festival from rooftops or penthouses.

• It is also at your advantage when it’s nearer the heart of the city where the festival is celebrated since you will be walking due to that closed streets for public transportation for parades and street dances.

• Bring light and cotton materialized clothing and summer apparel because during this month, the weather gets too hot and since you will be enjoying a Philippine festival up close, it is best that you keep cool under the scorching heat of the sun.

• Bring your first hand needs. Streets tend to get crowded and to avoid misplacing your valuables, have them placed in a small sling bag which you can just sling around your body.

• Take pictures. It is the best way to capture this annual Philippine festival. Not only that you will have a Philippine festival remembrance through the photos, further you will capture the Philippine culture that goes along the tribal dances that embodies this Philippine festival.

Enjoy and have fun. It’s always nice to visit a country and it’s always nice to do it when you’re expecting something different to happen. What more can be as exciting as experiencing and enjoying a Philippine festival and one that’s never to forget.

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