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Best Time to Visit Iloilo

Posted by on Apr 6th, 2009
Filed Under: Iloilo

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Dinagyang Festival

The best time to go to Iloilo is from January to June as these are the dry months and the hotels are cheaper. If you go there in December, rates are more expensive. Just like most cities in the Philippines, Iloilo has two seasons: wet and dry. It is always recommended to go there during the dry months because it is difficult to go anywhere in the city when it is raining.


If you want to witness the colorful culture of this city, you should make travel arrangements for January as this is the time for Iloilo’s biggest festival, the Dinagyang. It is held every 4th weekend of January, and is celebrated with bright costumes, tribal designs and upbeat music all day long. The performers would dance on the streets and entice everyone to join in the fun. Of course, Iloilo has many local festivities too and the great thing about it is, many of these falls in January such as the Hinugyaw, a street dancing similar to Dinagyang, and Pasungay, a local term for bullfights.

This is part of Iloilo Travel Guide series.

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2 Responses to “Best Time to Visit Iloilo”

  1. J0Anna says:

    All I can say is ILOILO is one of the BEST in the whole Philippines. Dinagyang and Paraw Regatta are the FAMOUS festivals in the country! :)

    • Ryan says:

      Had the chance to watch Tribu Paghidaet last Saturday at the Aliwan Festival. They were fun to watch (love the costumes and the complicated dance movements) though I wasnt able to watch Samba Regatta- because of the torrential downpour (of which we headed to the Ted’s La Paz Batchoy after) that started during Panagbenga’s performance. I lived in Iloilo for about 4.5 years. The food is definitely awesome especially at Tatoy’s and Breakthrough. During my 4.5 years of my stay in Iloilo, I never watched a single performance of Dinagyang up close because the crowd can be really unruly unlike in Kalibo, that’s why you have mobile jails installed all throughout the Downtown. Also, Dinagyang (and almost all of the festivals in the Philippines) is more of a spectator thing rather than a participative thing like the Kalibo Ati-atihan. I think Iloilo should do a major conservation effort on its Downtown- which has excellent heritage buildings.

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