President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said this year’s Dinagyang Festival is a testament to the Ilonggo peoples’ resiliency and faith despite the challenges they have faced.
“I join you in this momentous occasion as you showcase Ilonggos’ creativity, vibrancy, resiliency and faith amid the challenges that come your way.” Mr. Marcos said in a message Sunday.
“Through your city’s foremost cultural and religious celebration, it is my hope that you will sustain the progressive gains of your locality, reaffirm your identity, strengthen your resolve and work toward growth for your community,” the President added.
Mr. Marcos also reminded Ilonggos—residents of Iloilo province andthose who speak the Ilonggo or Hiligaynon language, generally across Panay Island and Western Visayas—to “work hard and contribute to nation-building.”
“May the divine providence bless our country and its people as well as keep us away from all the ills and perils that keep us divided,” he said.
“With the almighty’s guidance, we will have the strength to overcome all difficulties and move forward,” the President added.
The Dinagyang is a religious and cultural festival in Iloilo City, held annually on the 4th Sunday of January, or right after the Sinulog in Cebu and the Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan.
It is one of the biggest festivals in the Philippines, attracting more than a million domestic and international visitors every year.