it would best to start the byaheng pinoy series with a festive mood in the country's capital region. the Philippines has a number of colorful festivals being celebrated all year round. i should say that one of the best and most colorful festival in the country today is Dinagyang of Iloilo city. we are lucky enough to have seen them performed in the Philippine's central business district.
they were invited by the mayor of Makati city to perform during its foundation day the "Araw ng Makati 2008" . the Ayala avenue was closed to make way for the celebration which began at around 4:00pm and ended around 6:00pm. Filipinos gathered at the Ayala avenue to see them perform along with the other performances. but the highlight came as people awaits Tribu Paghidaet's winning performance.it has been noted that most of the festivals in the Philippines were very similar to the Carnaval of Brazil but there is something unique to the festivals like Dinagyang, Ati-Atihan and Sinulog. and this is the presence of the devotion to the child Jesus.the festivals doesn't only display the upbeat sounds of the drums, the colorful costumes but it also displays the beautiful smile that symbolizes Filipino hospitality.the festivals here has now helped boost the country's tourism industry. this year, the Tribu Paghidaet is expected to perform in New York city to promote the Philippine festivals.