Diyandi

The Iligan Diyandi Festival is the official title for the city's month long cultural celebration. It concludes with the feast day of Saint Michael the Archangel on  September 29.
The festival was established to promote Iligan's cultural identity. You see, Cebu has Sinulog, Davao has Kadayawan, and Iloilo has Dinagyang. Iligan has none. Of course, Iligan should have one.
So in 2004, the Iligan City Council passed and approved a resolution establishing Diyandi Festival as the tourism name of Iligan.


Remember it was not long ago the Iligan Fiesta was only known simply as "pista sa Iligan" (fiesta in Iligan). A simple celebration of its patron saint, Saint Michael the Archangel.


Also, keep in mind before naming the celebration, research was done by the world-renowned creative director of the Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG), Professor Steven Patrick Fernandez on Diyandi dance.


The word Diyandi is not new to folks in Iligan. It was used to refer to the celebration of the patron saint, Saint Michael the Archangel. Diyandi simply means celebrate. Mag-diyandi means, to celebrate. Thus, the word Diyandi gives the perfect trademark to Iligan's extended celebration of traditions and culture. And, the Diyandi Festival was born! (ref. http://www.iligantoday.com/diyandi-festival.html)




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We woke up early this day to see the street dancing. Roy woke Noel and Rachel but they decided not to go because they were too tired. They would miss the opportunity.


Roy and I went to the city and it was already very crowded. Luckily, my Aunt found us a spot so we could see the dancing very close.
Roy was enjoying it and told Noel and Rachel what they had missed.

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