Kasadyahan Fiesta Dinagyang Festival

Dinagyang Festival: The colorful Kasadyahan Fiesta

Saad Festival (Leganes, Iloilo)

Saad Festival (Leganes, Iloilo)

The Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo is a very colorful event which is held primarily for the Sto. Niño (sadsad). Culminating on the fourth Sunday of January, it is one of the most popular festivals in the country. However, the day before, a Saturday, there is another street dancing, albeit minor but nevertheless colorful: the Kasadyahan Regional Fiesta.

The colorful Kasadyahan Festival Iloilo is a gathering of winners from the different festivals in Western Visayas thus expect to see dancers from the Masskara in Bacolod City, beautiful costumes of Pintaflores Festival in San Carlos City and Tribu Hugyaw Kansilay of Silay City. These from Negros Occidental.

Then there is a representative from the Saad Festival in Leganes, Iloilo, the Ati-atihan of Kalibo, Aklan, the Sinadya sa Halaran of Roxas City in Capiz, Manggahan Festival of Guimaras, Banigan Tribe of Antique and a few others from within Iloilo City.

If you’re a visitor who will go to Iloilo for the Dinagyang, don’t miss this one as it is also a dress rehearsal for what will unfold on Sunday. If you’re a photographer, the Kasadyahan Festival Iloilo can be your ‘practice’ for photographing the main Dinagyang Event.

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Festival Queen of Saad Festival (Leganes, Iloilo)

Festival Queen of Saad Festival (Leganes, Iloilo)

Saad Festival (Leganes, Iloilo)

Saad Festival (Leganes, Iloilo)

Manggahan Festival (Guimaras)

Manggahan Festival (Guimaras)

Pintaflores Festival (San Carlos City, Negros Occidental)

Pintaflores Festival (San Carlos City, Negros Occidental)

Masskara dancer (Bacolod City, Negros Occidental)

Masskara dancer (Bacolod City, Negros Occidental)

Masskara dancers (Bacolod City, Negros Occidental)

Masskara dancers (Bacolod City, Negros Occidental)

Another contingent for the Kasadyahan

Another contingent for the Kasadyahan

To better appreciate the Dinagyang Festival, there are two ways to shoot: on the streets and on the designated stages where these contingents perform. It is free to shoot at the streets but if you want to photograph the action and production number, better get a media/photographer pass for the stages. Information should be available a few weeks before the Dinagyang Festival. Check the official website.

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Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

3 Comments

  1. Micole l Philippine Traveler
    February 6, 2014 @ 13:11

    So many bright and colorful costumes, no wonder pag Fiesta sa Pinas, it never gets old. =) Superb photos as always. =)

  2. Colorful, wonderful Dinagyang Festival! » langyaw
    February 15, 2014 @ 15:05

    […] but the best one for a photographer is the one at the Provincial Capitol. It is different to the Kasadyahan Fiesta which happens the day before but, if you shoot that too, it can be a preparation for this […]

  3. Liz
    June 22, 2017 @ 11:52

    These festivals are too overwhelming for me.

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