Iloilo Gearing for Dinagyang Festival 2012

Being in Iloilo for more than a week now, I can’t help but be blown away by the frenzy of the Ilonggos as they prepare for the big day that is called Dinagyang Festival 2012 which highlights is on the third weekend of January (January 20 to 22 for this year).

Posters, signage, flaglets/ banderitas can be seen everywhere.  Once you see a bunch of people huddled together the topic of discussion is definitely something about Dinagyang.  The parade route, the traffic and re-routing, store sales, costumes, face mask/paint, tattoo, hair highlights, etc.

The fiesta mode is really up in the air.  And like I always do every time I go around anywhere,  I am trying to document important and interesting moments as much as I can .  The week of  Dinagyang is such an interesting subject to document by photos.  Here’s a sort of photo blog on the week of Dinagyang Festival 2012.

henna tattoo, hair highlights, costume, face mask/paints are the order of the week
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Apart from the official program from the Iloilo government’s official website, each malls and major establishments have their own sets of schedules for Dinagyang.

a poster at Robinsons Place Iloilo100_9332
a poster in one of the SM Malls
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an item “For Sale” at ACE Hardware
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a poster at SM City Iloilo
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activity center at Robinsons Place Iloilo with GMA 7 stage set-up
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the streets and buildings adorned with “banderitas
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this kind of display replaced the common fashion mannequin100_9695
this kind of display replaced the common fashion mannequin100_9696
this kind of display can be found in the many corners of the malls
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a wall display at Gaisano Mall100_9754
These are just photos before the festival’s big day.  What more during the actual festival?

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