I was not in mood to do something productive because (i) my earphones got busted; and (ii) there’s a possibility that I may not join the Soccsksargen Tour 3 this coming September.
Dinagyang Festival dancers, photo courtesy of woofoo via Flickr.
I originally planned to sleep at around midnight when Marx sent me a message on Facebook.
It read: Renz, piso fare ng Cebu Pacific!
I hurriedly typed Cebu Pacific’s website and check for available piso flights. I originally planned to purchase round trip tickets to Cebu and celebrate Sinulog Festival but since the piso seats of the return flight were all taken, I decided book another flight and this time to Iloilo City to celebrate Dinagyang Festival. Much to my surprise, there were still piso seats available for my DVO-ILO-DVO flight! So I booked a round trip flight to ILO. In fairness it was hassle-free. All in all, the round trip fare cost Php 775.04 (no check-in bags though). Piso fares are more expensive compared last year. But yeah, I shouldn’t miss this promo.
I will be at Iloilo City this January 19-23, 2012 to celebrate Dinagyang Festival. It will be my second time to cover a Philippine festival, and hopefully by that time I’ll have my own DSLR camera (teehee).
Lifted from Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia, Dinagyang Festival 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.
Dinagyang Festival dancer, photo courtesy of woofoo via Flickr.
These are some of the things that one should expect on a festival:
(1) A number of people will flock the main streets to witness the street dance so, be careful with your personal belongings.
(2) Mall-wide sales and street markets! Perfect for shoppers who are on a tight budget!
(3) Usually, the dance parade will be held at morning. January is not a wet season in Iloilo so don’t forget to apply sunblock lotion. Wear your shades and fedora hat and shoot like a boss.
(4) Bring extra shirts and face towel. You’ll get drenched with your own sweat after the parade, like what I experienced during the Kadayawan Festival!
It will be my second time to visit Iloilo City! I kinda miss Iloilo and Guimaras and by this time, I will try to speak Hiligaynon correctly. I don’t want to have another “Hipos bala” incident.
I would like to thank Cebu Pacific for this wonderful opportunity. Indeed, every Juan can afford to fly and visit other provinces of Philippines!