ILOILO CITY (PIA6) — The world-renowned Iloilo Dinagyang Festival is a celebration of God’s love to the Ilonggos.
In the festival’s opening salvo held recently, City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said that the festival is not only meant to showcase the rich heritage and colorful history of Iloilo but to celebrate the passionate devotion of the Ilonggos to Señor Sto. Niño (Holy Child Jesus).
“That’s what makes Dinagyang Festival unique, it is not only about culture and heritage, it is also about the love of Jesus Christ,” he said.
He also called on the people to offer all the blessings that they have received to Jesus Christ and extend a helping hand to those in need and to inspire others to share.
“The Dinagyang Fest is offered to Señor Sto. Niño or the Holy Child Jesus. It is a reminder to us that Jesus came to this world to save us all,” he said.
The festival traces its roots as a thanksgiving celebration in honor of Señor Santo Niño, the child Jesus
The image of the Santo Niño or The Child Jesus is the central figure in the Dinagyang, which recounts the Christianization of the Ati tribes in Panay Island.
The veneration for the Santo Niño is especially fervent in the Visayas region, where Christianity was first introduced by the Spaniards.
This year’s celebration banners the tagline “See, Feel, Love” and theme “Communion of Communities with Santo Niño”. (JCM/LTP/PIA-Iloilo).