Saturday, May 28, 2016

DINAGYANG FESTIVAL 2016

The BACKPACKERS First Hurrah in 2016: DINAGYANG FESTIVAL


The BACKPACKERS were so lucky to have witnessed one of the most colorful and celebrated festivals in the Philippines: Dinagyang Festival in the province of Iloilo. It was pure coincidence that we booked our flight for our Bacolod-Iloilo-Guimaras trip on the fourth weekend of January, which is when this celebration is being held.

Joining this trip: The BACKPACKERS Ghei, Bogs, April, Heinz, York, Ivan and two of our closest and dearest friends Ann and Joseph.

One of the best street party in the country

One very important lesson which we learned the hard and 'provocative' way was whenever you're visiting a place with this big of a festivity, make sure to BOOK ROOMS SUPER ADVANCE! We did not know of this coincidence two weeks prior to the trip so when we started hustling for reservations on a possible accommodation in the area, almost every backpackers hostels and inns were fully booked. If the word 'provocative' earlier intrigued you, it was because we found haven in an R18 lodge in the town's center. Yes, eight people were able to squeeze themselves in a big motel room converted as a baggage counter and for a quick night's stop.

We treated our interesting accommodation as a blessing in disguise as it was accessible to the different venues of the festivity.

Here are our stops where we felt the Dinagyang 2016 fever!

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(c) Alex Koror for the logo


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