Megaworld's Iloilo Business Park promises the ultimate Dinagyang Festival experience this year as it hosts star-studded events, epic food festivals, and vibrant cultural attractions, all embodying the spirit of inclusivity and celebrating the diversity of Iloilo City from January 19 to 28.
Last January 18, it kicked off its "Dinagyang for All" celebration with the unveiling of Jennie, 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 welcomes guests of all ages from different walks of life and nationalities, and fur parents with their pets of all shapes and sizes as they take part in one of the biggest festivals in the Philippines.
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 City as it hosts the longest food festival in the city, along with exciting musical events, rave parties, and art festivals.
The festivities start off 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 will be
along Java Road and Festive Walk Parade. There will be more than 200 merchants
that will 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.
On January 25 is the Pepsi Night where music and party
enthusiasts will enjoy live performances from popular bands and artists such as
Expect to dance the night away at the Dinagyang Music
Festival on January 26 along Java Road as DJs Victor Pring, Dara Carmina, Arvin
Ong, and the Patequeros will pump up everyone’s energy.
On January 27, Janine Berdin of "Tawag Ng Tanghalan" fame and top local bands Alamat and Trap Vibes will headline the much-awaited Coke Studio, still happening on Java Road. The township will also host the Dinagyang Kapamilya Karavan, which will be headlined by Paulo Avelino and Kim Chiu, the lead actors of ABS-CBN's popular series "Linlang." Andrea Brillantes, Kyle Echarri, Gela Atayde, Tommy Alejandrino, and Daniels Sanner of "Senior High" will also be on the stage. Joining them are "Can't Buy Me Love" main stars Marls Racal and Anthony Jennings, who will cap off the celebrations with their own 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 January 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 on the
evening of January 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 the city’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 January 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.