Iloilo’s Dinagyang Festival: A Smorgasbord of Colors
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Iloilo’s Dinagyang Festival: A Smorgasbord of Colors

After posting about the Opening Salvo and the Kasadyahan Festival, this entry about the Ati-Ati Competition is the icing on the cupcake of my little series on the Dinagyang Festival – a much celebrated happening in my part of the archipelago. Ten tribes or tribus competed this year: Tribu Panayanon, Tribu Aninipay, Tribu Milagrosa, Tribu Angola, Tribu … Continue reading

The Kasadyahan Festival in its many faces…
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The Kasadyahan Festival in its many faces…

I’m the typical hopeful romantic. So even if I had no ticket for the annual Kasadyahan celebration (one of the major events of the Dinagyang Festival) and no official media/photographer’s ID, I woke up really early and ventured into the crowded streets of down town Iloilo armed with nothing but hopeful romanticism and a digital camera. Good thing I found … Continue reading

Calle Real: Lending a touch of age-old grandeur to the Dinagyang Festival
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Calle Real: Lending a touch of age-old grandeur to the Dinagyang Festival

The entire down town area of Iloilo is now bursting to the seams with banderitas, side walk vendors and fully booked hotels. I am gearing up for the lovely “walk-a-thon” (most of the roads will be closed for the entire 2-day affair) this weekend, and I’m taking mental notes for bottled water, sun block and … Continue reading

Opening Salvo: The perfect prelude to Dinagyang 2013!
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Opening Salvo: The perfect prelude to Dinagyang 2013!

Last friday, I ventured down town to catch a glimpse of the brewing preparations for the much anticipated Dinagyang festival. It’s a celebration that dates back to the 1960’s and is one of the best cultural affairs in the Philippines with several national and international awards under its belt. The colorful banderitas have been strung across the … Continue reading

Old houses and General Hughes
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Old houses and General Hughes

If anything can rival my life-long obsession for old dresses, it would probably be my subconscious inclination towards old, creepy, abandoned houses. Maybe I’m just an old soul. Yes, maybe I’m a third-world Methuselah reincarnate. Or maybe, just maybe, it stems from my childhood conflicts of living in an apartment and thinking, at 6 years old, that if I wished hard enough, … Continue reading

You’ve never really been to Iloilo if… you’ve never had siopao at Roberto’s!
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You’ve never really been to Iloilo if… you’ve never had siopao at Roberto’s!

I know there are countless blogs and articles about the more media-exposed spots in Iloilo City, but there are some much simpler treats, found in its nooks and creative crannies, and they are just as awesome! This post is a toast to all the unsung places and adventures waiting for the more budget-conscious, more curious … Continue reading