Dinagyang Festival: Dancing the Dinagyang one more time

Every year in Iloilo City, rows and stacks of giant loudspeakers—some 100 or so of them—occupy the stretch from La Paz to JM Basa Street in Jaro. They close the length to traffic for...

Korea Day: Speaking the same language

Not far from where I stood, the drumming interrupted a young woman mid-sentence as a look of alarm suddenly crossed her face. Around her, other people—regardless of race, age and gender—were subsequently hushed. Soon...

Panagbenga Festival: Baguio’s Blooms and Smiles

Little children in their bright-colored costumes; men and women in hand-woven cloths; pretty ladies carrying baskets of fresh cut sunflowers and mums of yellow, red, and orange; and smiles on painted faces. These were...

Sto. Niño Festival Manila: In the name of a child

Devotion to the Sto. Niño, the image of the child Jesus, is prevalent in most parts of the Philippines. In the Visayan region alone, there are popular Sto. Niño festivals held in Kalibo, Iloilo...

Dinagyang Festival Iloilo: Dinagyang Hala Bira

Unlike leisurely vacations, chasing after festivals all over the country will most probably leave you more tired after than you had been when you arrived. But being toasted under the hot sun, getting your feet...

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