November 23, 2015

2065 PHILIPPINES (Western Visayas) - Dinagyang Festival

The Dinagyang is a religious and cultural festival in Iloilo City, on Panay island, which takes place on the fourth Sunday of January, or right after the Sinulog in Cebu and the Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo. It is held both to honor the Santo Niño and to celebrate the arrival on Panay of Malay settlers and the selling of the island to them. It isn't as ancient as the one in Kalibo, but is definitely impressive in choreography and striking in terms of the attires worn by participating tribes.

An Ilonggo term for revelry or merrymaking, Dinagyang was coined in 1977 by Ilonggo writer/broadcaster Pacifico Sudario to describe the riotous celebration. Prior to this, Dinagyang was labeled "Iloilo Ati-Atihan" to differentiate it from other Ati-Atihan festivals. Iloilo Ati-Atihan dates back to the year 1967 when a replica of the image of Señor Santo Niño was first brought from Cebu by the San Jose Parish in Iloilo City. The Dinagyang is divided into three Major events: Ati-Ati Street Dancing, Kasadyahan Street Dancing and Miss Dinagyang.

The main part of the festival consists of a number of "tribes", called "tribus", who are supposed to be Ati tribe members dancing in celebration. It should be noted that no actual Ati are involved nor do they benefit in any way from this event. There are a number of requirements, including that the performers must paint their skin brown and that only indigenous materials can be used for the costumes. All dances are performed to drum music.

About the stamps
Two of the stamps are part of the series Edible Nuts and Seeds of the Philippines, issued on April 15, 2013. All the stamps have the same face values (10 PHP):
• Kasoy (Cashew Nut)
• Pili (Pili Nut)
• Butong Pakwan (Watermelon Seed) - It's on the postcard 2065
• Mani (Peanut) - It's on the postcard 2065
• Butong Mirasol (Sunflower Seed)
• Munggo (Mongo Bean)
• Kapeng Baraco (Coffee Bean)
• Butong Kalabasa (Squash See)

The last stamps is part of a huge series of definitive stamps, Marine Biodiversity, about which I wrote here.

Dinagyang - Wikipedia
Dinagyang - Official website

Sender: Chloe Manlosa-Osano (direct swap)
Sent from San Fernando (Visayas / Philippines), on 19.11.2013

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