Iloilo's Dinagyang Festival Goes Virtual for 2021

You can enjoy the show from home.

Dinagyang Festival
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(SPOT.ph) The past year has forced us to do almost everything online and virtually, from ordering food to attending meetings. And with the threat of COVID-19 still around, even much-awaited big festivals have no choice but shift to the digital sphere. Iloilo City's Dinagyang Festival, which happens every fourth Sunday of January in honor of the Sto. Niño, is canceling their crowd-drawing street performances. Instead, they're featuring events that can be viewed through the Festive Walk Iloilo Facebook page.

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You can watch these 2021 Dinagyang Festival events online:

Dinagyang Warrior Fashion Show

January 23, 8 p.m.

The Dinagyang Festival is known for its street parade where Dinagyang warrior dancers move to the loud beat of the drums. Instead of this annual Mardi Gras-like celebration, a fashion show of Dinagyang warrior costumes is happening on a 41-meter runway at the Festive Walk Parade. Dinagyang tribes are also dancing onstage during the fashion show.

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Lights Show

January 24, 5 p.m.

To cap off the Dinagyang Festival weekend, a dazzling light show is set to light up the night sky. The event is taking place at Park Square.

Dinagyang Festival
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For Iloilo residents, the 72-hectare Iloilo Business Park is geared up to accept a sizable crowd. Cashless payment options are encouraged, and a digital contact tracing scheme will be implemented through QR codes in all entrances.

The 2021 Dinagyang activities you can join:

One Iloilo Dinagyang Trade Fair

January 20 to 24
Indoor Atrium, Festive Walk Mall

Score locally created products at the One Iloilo Dinagyang Trade Fair. Items include hablon weaving, pottery from Miagao, and abaca from Janiuay.

Dinagyang Food Fest

January 22 to 24, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Festive Walk Parade

Sample Ilonggo delicacies without having to go to a restaurant. You can just drive through the Festive Walk Parade and buy from your car.

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Dinagyang Fun Bike Ride

January 24, 7 a.m.
Park Square

Capitol Cycling Club promotes sustainability in mobility through a fun bike ride in a bike-friendly city. Some bikers will be wearing Dinagyang headdresses.

Dinagyang Festival is from January 23 to 24. For more information, follow Festive Walk Iloilo on Facebook.

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