The Dinagyang Festival is a famous and religious and cultural festival in *Iloilo City (map), Philippines held on the 4th Sunday of January, or right after the *Sinulog-Santo Niño Festival in *Cebu (map) and the *Ati-Atihan Festival in *Kalibo (map).
Every 4th Sunday of January, the festival transforms the Iloilo City into a massive street party with overflowing drinks and food.
Dinagyang was also voted as the Best Tourism event three times in a row among any other festivals in the Philippines. It is also the most awarded festival in the country because of its legacy, popularity, and innovation. Dinagyang received honors and regarded as a World Class Festival and dubbed as the “Queen of all festivals” in the Philippines.
Dinagyang was voted as the best Tourism Event for 2006, 2007 and 2008 by the Association of Tourism Officers in the Philippines. It is one of few festivals in the world to get the support of the United Nations for the promotion of the Millennium Development Goals, and cited by the Asian Development Bank as Best Practice on government, private sector & NGO cooperatives.
The Dinagyang Festival is divided into three major events held annually every fourth weekend of January: Ati Tribe Competition (held on a Sunday), Dagyang sa Calle Real (held on a Saturday prior to the main event the next day, the Ati Tribe competition) and the Miss Iloilo Dinagyang (which is held on the week of the main Dinagyang Festival highlights).