Diyandi Festival 2015
Iligan City, Mindanao, Philippines:

"Diyandi" literally translates to "celebrate." It is the name of the month-long festival in Iligan City in honor of the patron saint, St. Michael.

Diyandi is also a ritual dance performed by an all-female troupe outside the Cathedral during the “Pagpakanaug,” before every novena and before the start of the Komedya (Comedia de San Miguel). It is performed by the "Dumagats" (now Christians), the Maranaos (Muslims) and the Higaonons (lumads or natives) to jointly pay homage to St. Michael. The dance aptly describes the peaceful co-existence of Iligan’s tri-people.
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