See, Feel, Love is this year’s theme for Dinagyang Festival (Image: Dinagyang sa Iloilo Festival)
This is definitely the best week to visit the City of Love. That’s not a promise, but an assurance. Almost everything that tourists ask for in terms of entertainment, food, culture, the arts, and heritage can be found during Dinagyang Festival season. Among the many events during the festival expected to draw in many attendees include a dance party, cultural competition, beauty pageant, processions, parades, and fireworks shows.
Dinagyang Festival Traffic News
The public can expect traffic to be affected by the Dinagyang street parade. (Image: Dinagyang sa Iloilo)
Tourists and locals might find it challenging to get around by foot because of the road closures and traffic rerouting for the Dinagyang Festival. This will affect Bonifacio Drive (fronting Gaisano City Iloilo), Calle Real to the Freedom Grandstand, and Luna Street to corner Jalandoni Street, where there will be parades with street performances from January 21 to 22.
Despite the crowded streets, the best way for people to experience the Philippines’ best festival is to join the procession of Sto. Niño’s worshippers who come from all walks of life.
Aside from street dancing, there will also be fireworks shows, including Luces in the Sky: A Fireworks Display on January 20 and Glitters in the Sky on January 21.
Dinagyang Love Dance 2017
Partygoers can dance the night away in Love Dance 2017 (Image: Head Rush Bacolod)
One major event in Iloilo is Dinagyang Love Dance 2017. The event is anchored on the main theme of Dinagyang 2017 which is See, Feel, Love. Love Dance will be held at the open grounds of SM City Iloilo on January 20, 4:00 PM.
The event will be jam-packed since both general admission and VIP tickets have been sold out prior to the event.
Where to Buy Tickets
Tourists who want to sit comfortably while watching the highlight events of Dinagyang Festival 2017 can get their tickets at the Iloilo City Tourism and Development Office located at 2nd Floor COA (Elizalde) Building, J.M. Basa St., City Proper, Iloilo City. On the other hand, those who want to watch Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2017 can buy tickets at Alta Moda in General Luna St., Iloilo City. The pageant will be held on January 18 at the University of San Agustin Gymnasium.
Travel Adventure around Iloilo Heritage Sites
The Arroyo fountain and the Casa Real are among the many heritage destinations in Iloilo. (Image: UrbanScape Philippines - Iloilo)
Because of the bulk of tourists flocking to Iloilo, most hotels within the city are fully booked. Thus, it is more practical and wiser to stay in the Mandurriao district to witness the best of Iloilo City at night, watch the extravagant fireworks display from one’s hotel room window, and avoid the long walks caused by road closures and traffic rerouting.
While waiting for the parties at night to start, one might be interested in exploring Iloilo City’s most photogenic places. A selfie pod or a GoPro camera lets one capture the entirety of Iloilo’s scenic and historical landmarks such as Calle Real de Iloilo (Iloilo Heritage Village), Yusay-Consing Mansion (Molo Mansion), and Casa Real de Iloilo (Old Iloilo Provincial Capitol), to name a few.
Travelers with kids may go to the newly opened Water Park
, Play Hub in Esplanade
, Iloilo River Ride
, Bike Lane
, or Laser Tag
. Those who are fond of trying their luck in casinos may visit Casino Filipino Iloilo
at Amigo Mall.
Dining Adventure: Tasty Oysters in Iloilo City
Oysters can be found in most seafood restaurants in Iloilo. (Image: Jed Patrick Mabilog)
Iloilo City is a major destination for those who crave good food with excellent presentation. Aside from batchoy (pork and beef noodle soup), there are a lot of delicious foods which have earned the approval of most Ilonggos.
Next to Capiz, the seafood capital of the Philippines, the tastiest oyster or talaba can also be found in Iloilo. Tourists may find them in most, if not all, seafood restaurants in the city. In food festivals set up within the city proper, the supply of talaba is abundant in the Mandurriao district and the Iloilo Capitol area.