Mandurriao, ILOILO CITY – Megaworld’s 72-hectare Iloilo Business Park is set to become the ultimate Dinagyang Festival destination as it plays host to star-studded events, epic food festivals, and vibrant cultural attractions, all embodying the spirit of inclusivity and celebrating the diversity of Iloilo City.
With the theme “Dinagyang For All”, embodied by an iconic 20-foot giant inflatable dog towering on top of the Festive Walk Iloilo Bridgeway, Iloilo City’s premier business district and lifestyle destination is welcoming guests of all ages and from walks of life, tourists of different nationalities, local visitors, fur parents and even pets of all shapes in sizes as they take part in one of the biggest festivals in the Philippines and indulge in its wide range of experiences and offerings that showcase the best of Iloilo from Jan. 19 to 28.
A Star-Studded Celebration of Music, Arts, and Flavors
Iloilo Business Park is the central hub for celebrating the rich arts and culture of Iloilo as it hosts the longest food festival in the city, along with exciting musical events, rave parties, and art festivals.
The festivities start with a grand showcase of Ilonggo culture and arts, the Dinagyang Art Festival, which launches on January 24 at the Iloilo Contemporary Museum of Culture and Arts (ILOMOCA) and features the masterpieces of local artists.
Foodies and festival visitors can also indulge in the best of Iloilo flavors and cuisine at the Dinagyang Food Festival, which is set to become the city’s longest food fest with more than 200 merchants who line up Java Road and Festive Walk Parade and offer a diverse range of Ilonggo dishes, delicacies, street food and more. The food festival is recognized in conjunction with the recent recognition given by UNESCO to Iloilo City as a creative center of gastronomy and features a special live performance from popular band Nobita on Jan.25.
Music and party enthusiasts, meanwhile, can join the Pepsi Night on Jan. 25 and enjoy live performances from popular bands and artists, or dance the night away at the Dinagyang Music Festival on Jan. 26 at Java Road featuring music from DJs Victor Pring, Dara Carmina, Arvin Ong, and the Patequeros.
On Jan.27, Janine Berdin Janine Berdine of “Tawag Ng Tanghalan” fame and top local bands Alamat and Tropa Vibes will headline the much-awaited Coke Studio, happening on Java Road.
Some of today’s biggest stars will descend to Iloilo Business Park’s Java Road on the final day of the festival on Jan. 27 as the township hosts the Dinagyang Kapamilya Karavan, which will be headlined by Paulo Avelino and Kim Chiu, the lead actors of ABS-CBN’s popular series of “Linlang.” Andrea Brillantes, Kyle Echarri, Gela Atayde, Tommy Alejandrino, and Daniela Sanner of “Senior High” will also be on the stage at the star-studded event. Joining them are “Can’t Buy Me Love” main stars Maris Racal and Anthony Jennings, who will cap off the celebrations with their must-see performances.
Colorful spectacles will also greet guests at the township including the Dinagyang Iloilo Business Park Light Show, happening on the evening of Jan. 24 to 25 at the Plaza Delgado. One of Dinagyang Festival’s main highlights, the ILOmination In The Sky, will also transform the skies of Iloilo Business Park into a mesmerizing canvas of lights and colors, in the evening of Jan.26.
The Best of Iloilo Products and More
Shoppers can explore a wide variety of products from local delicacies, fresh produce, garments, accessories, native products, and a lot more at Iloilo City’s biggest trade fair, the Iloilo Business Expo (ILOBEX). Featuring over 100 exhibitors from Iloilo’s community of small-medium enterprises, the fair is organized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Iloilo Chapter (PCCI-Iloilo) and takes place at the Festive Walk Mall Atrium from Jan. 19 to 28.
Visitors can also immerse themselves into the Dinagyang culture by dropping by the Dinagyang Family of Dolls Exhibit on the 2nd floor of Festive Walk Mall or exploring the Dagway Face of Festival Exhibit by Manny Librodo at the mall’s indoor atrium.
“Dinagyang For All is not just a celebration; it’s an experience that brings people together to celebrate culture, diversity, and the vibrant spirit Iloilo City is known for. Regardless of religion, ethnicity, or age, everyone including fur parents and pets of all shapes and sizes is welcome to celebrate and enjoy the best of Dinagyang experience here at our vibrant, pet-friendly community,” says Mikee Vivo, general manager for provincial properties, Megaworld Lifestyle Malls.