If you’re planning to go to South Cotobato in September, attending to Diyandi Festival in Iligan City is a must-do. It’s an annual month-long cultural celebration in honor of Iligan's patron saint, Senior San Miguel.
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Diyandi Festival got it name from the local term "diyandi" which means "celebrate" and "mag-diyandi" meaning "to celebrate. It is the biggest and most colorful of all celebrations in Iligan City, which celebrated every 29th of September. The festival features street-dancing competitions, beauty contests, photo contests, concerts, trade fairs, cooking contest, exhibits and island's tourism products and services.
The most interesting and exciting part of the festival is the Kasadya Streetdancing Competition. It is rite performed by the "Dumagats" (now Christians), the Maranaos (Muslims) and the Higaonons (lumads or natives). Each participant is wearing colorful tribal costumes and dancing to the beat of loud drums.
Diyandi Festival 2014 Schedule of Activities is not yet announced. The main event usually takes place on the fourth week of Sept. It starts at 7am with a procession of Saint Michael the Archangel. During the procession, devotees dance to the beat of the drums while chanting “Viva Señor San Miguel, Viva.”
How To get to Iligan City
Take a direct flight from Manila to Cagayan de Oro City via Laguindingan Airport. From the airport, travel to Iligan City with passenger van.
If you enjoy attending festivals like Sinulog in Cebu, Kadayawan in Davao, Dinagyang in Iloilo, you would definitely love and enjoy the entertainment in Diyandi Festival in Iligan City.
Viva Sr. San Miguel! Viva Mahal na Birhen!