Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2009 Schedule

Get ready. Be prepared. The Dinagyang 2009 is set to unfold soon! Voted thrice as the Philippines’ top tourism event, the Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City continues to draw thousands of tourists for a unique visual treat.

The Dinagyang Festival 2009 promises to be bigger than the previous edition. Witness how the Ilonggo men paint themselves in dark brown dress in colourful costumes dance to the loud non-stop beating of the drums while chanting “Viva Se?or Santo Ni?o!”?

Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2009

The Iloilo Dinagyang Festival is an annual event held in thanksgiving to the Infant Jesus more popularly called as Santo Niño. Various events are lined up from December up until the 4th week of January when the Kasadyahan Festival and the Dinagyang Ati-ati contest is held.

The highlights of the Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2009 are the following:

November 6, 2008 – LOCAL LAUNCH, SM City Iloilo Activity Center
December 7, 2008 – NATIONAL LAUNCH, SM Mall of Asia ,Metro Manila
January 16, 2009 – OPENING SALVO, Plaza Libertad to main streets in
the City
January 23, 2009 – FLUVIAL PROCESSION
January 24, 2009 – KASADYAHAN Competition
January 25, 2009 – DINAGYANG CONTEST

Iloilo Dinagyang 2009

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  1. carlota says:

    hi there! nice blog.
    can you please tell me which date the dinagyang parade/street party of the tribal dancers will be? i can’t stay througout the whole festival, so i have to pick that day.
    thanks so much

  2. sinulog says:

    “Tan said they do not mind spending more than whatever cash award they win in the grand parade because the dance they offer is their way of paying homage to the Sto. Ni?o.”
    -news on sinulog

    this just show that dance offerings are really seen in sinulog unlike the “losing the essence” of prayer-dances in dainagyang.

  3. ed says:

    sorry for you sinulog what is essential in dinagyang is the blending of culture,arts,history and homage of the ilonggos to the Holy child Jesus as son of God.we are proud of it!!this is our way of life and our religiosity.so you have to respect it.this is our uniqueness.you have no right to say anything bad about it.we respect the sinulog so you must do the same with dinagyang.dont start a mockery here about the son of God.both festivals are meant to give homage to the child Jesus.

  4. pawiks says:

    religios? yang mga dancers niyo nag hehedbang habang dinadala si sto. ni?o, at iwinagayway pa parang pom pom, kawawa si sto. ni?o sa festival niyo hilong hilo na xa… hahahahaha…. walang wala kau sa kaling kingan ng sinulog… hanggang kalye lang kau…. wahahahahahaha….

  5. ana says:

    ngek, i’ve witnessed sinulog last year..napa kaboring..unlike sa dinagyang you will feel excited hearing the beat of the drums…
    tapos amazing pa ang choreography..sa sinulog simpleng dance steps lng namn eh..kaya no wonder ang dinagyang pang worldwide kasi unique..

  6. mel says:

    Well, we are proud to represent our own Dinagyang Festival in iloilo…kita nyo naman nakailang grandslamed na yong dinagyang dito sa aliwan dba?Doon na po napoproved yong evidence…kasi can you just imagine lahat ng tribes yong nag compete.then for how many consecutive years nangunguna yong iloilo meaning we are the BEST to the REST.kaya wala nang kokontra.Maskara of bacolod is one of the Best also.
    If I just rank for the Best when it cames to performance:
    1 Dinagyang Festival
    2 Ati atihan
    3 Sinulog
    4 Maskarra
    5 Flower festival Baguio

  7. jam says:

    Well if Dinagyang is not the Best, why is it that during festival days, theres a lot of foreigners and Dinagyang was tagged for 3 consecutive years as the Best Festival by DOT. These people are jst bitter and cant accept the fact that Dinagyang is really exciting and full of surprises. Sinulog is boring, thou thats there traditional way to celebrate the Sto Nino festival. Even if we will be having a survey, Dingayang would still top billed Sinulog.

  8. EJ says:

    Im fr Iloilo but Im not bias when I say Dinagyang is truly unique.Those who comment against it are just too proud to accept its greatness.Dinagyang comes in a complete package,dances,drums,and giving honor to the child Jesus but the combination of it all make it awesome and unique.If you witness it live you’ll be left unspoken and you’ll move to the beat. Were all fili[pinos and proud of our own cultural heritage on our respective places so let’s leave it to the tourists & foreigners to judge which one is the best, the overflowing of tourist and foreigners when Dinagyang came is just proof of it,need we say more? Peace to all, Viva Senor Sto. Nino!

  9. jean says:

    HOY KULAS EJ HAPIT ANAY….. LA KA PA KA TAN AW SANG SINULOG SIGURO….. LAYO LAYO NA YA ANG DINAGYANG.

  10. jean says:

    LAOS NA NA ANG TRIBU BOLA BOLA…LABO NA na magdaug pa…LA NA DA SI AMAGUIN, ang may hawak ka mga judges.

  11. gercel says:

    nice ang dinagyang..bet q ang bola-bola kso d ngwin..pero deserving namn ang top 4..

  12. Waslik says:

    Kahit 1 Million ang grand price ng Sinulog, pero Dinagyang 100k lang but the culture is still there saan ka maka kita ng tribes na almost 40 years na dyan pa rin! Sinulog wala boring ang beat!

    Sa inyo nalang yang Aliwan ulit sa Mayo ha!

    Kung sa una lang mas una Dinagyang since 1960′s pa, Sinulog 1980′s lang nag start ang competition nyo! At isa pa Dinagyang is a twin of Ati-Atihan which is almost 500 years!

  13. ping says:

    ginapilit mo gid ang sinulog nyo,nami man gani lantaw mo sang dinagyang pero, nagakumpasan ka gani sang kasadya,, lantaw lang galing liwat diri sa iloilo a kay welcome ka man gihapon diri.

  14. Robbie says:

    You know guys, I have been in different festivals throughout the country , I often visit in cebu just to watch sinulog and Dinagyang of Iloilo, But im not from cebu or Iloilo ,and im always watching aliwan for 4 years ,because i love philippines festivals,but if you will ask me about the best festival of the country ,I will answer Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo ,Why it is more unique with perfect innovations, and excellent choreographies at very skillful, hindi nakakasawa at may titingnan ka talaga it has a great quality of festival in the country and it is really worth as the Best Festival of the Philippines. Except of going to cebu for sinulog. I saw sinulog also in aliwan but all was a repeat performances only for 3 years it was all the same even their costumes walang pinagbago iwan ko bat yun ay palaging nanalo parin. I salute to Dinagyang of Iloilo Incomparable talaga next year ill be there again before going to cebu.Sa mga pilipino para maexperience nyo ang yaman ng ating bansa, just explore your country go to different places sa bansa para makita nyo mismo at macompara . Mabuhay ang pilipinas.

  15. Bong says:

    Agree talaga ako sa Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines or ATOP -for voting Dinagyang as 3 times Best Tourism Event of the Philippines,at sa United Nation recognition of choosing Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo as the “Only Festival of the World” for the promotion of their mellinium goal to the world. Pati narin sa Philippine Best practices of local Govt.at NGO Cooperation Award sa Pilipinas ng Asian Development Bank. And I beleived that DINAGYANG FESTIVAL OF ILOILO is really WORTH for that as the BEST FESTIVAL OF THE PHILIPPINES. Pero sa 6 lang na judges kaya sa aliwan worth din kaya ang Dinagyang? I hope na ang aliwan 2009 will be out of controversies and murky situations.

  16. DADO CUTE says:

    WALA YAN BEST TOURISM FESTIVAL NIYO ALAN NG ATOP NA KAILANGAN KAYO NG EXPOSURE UPANG MA KNOWN YANG KAAWA AWANG DINAGYANG NIYO HINDI KATULAD SA SINULOG, KAHIT SA YOU TUBE EUROPE, SAUDI, AMERICA, BASTAT MAY PINOY MAY SINULOG… KAYO PANG BRGY LANG KAYA YANG DINAGYANG NIYO MADALING TALUNIN SA ALIWAN AHAHAHAHA… CHICKEN FEED….. SUMIKAT YONG ALIWAN DAHIL SA SINULOG… SA PINAS PAG SINABING DINAGYANG MAY NAG SASABING ATI ATIHAN…. PERO KARAMIHAN NAG SASABING ANO YANG DINAGYANG NA YAN… PERO SA PAG KAALAM KO YANG DINAGYANG AY MGA TALUNAN AHAHAHAHA… LOSSSEEERRRRSSSSS THE NEXT BIG THING…. NEXT LANG NG NEXT UNTIL 10000 YRS AHAHAHAHAHA…

  17. DADO CUTE says:

    3 TIMES BEST IN ANO YAN? HAHAHAH WALANG NAKAKAALAM NYAN AH… PERO SA ALIWAN MARAMING NAKAKA ALAM NA NA TKO KAYO NG SINULOG…. KAYA ITANONG NIYO KAY PAQUIAO KUNG BAKIT PALAGI SIYA DITO SA CEBU AT HINDI SA INYO… KASI ALAM NIYA NA YONG CEBUANOS ARE BORN CHAMPIONS KAYO BORN LOSSEERRRSSS TIKALONNNN TAONG GRAASSSAAAAAA… NGEK NGEK NGEK…

  18. Jan Christian says:

    just watch the performance and hear the music of Dinagyang. its really way above sinulog. dahil sa music pa plng ng dinagyang,mapapa wow ka na.sa moves at costumes pa kaya.iba talaga ang dinagyang. 1960′s pa ang dinagyang,kau bagohan pa. other tribes joining dinagyang for more then 30 years na.like tribu atub atub and tribu molave.

  19. Jan Christian says:

    ang music nyo sinulog parang cheering contest. ang dinagyang music iba tlaga.ask the audience during aliwan.

  20. mike says:

    Super ang kayabangan mo Dado, i Know sa ngayun agree ako progressive ang cebu pero hindi kulilat ang Iloilo of what you think, Walang mayaman na mga bansa sa mundo nanatiling mayaman o progressivo habang buhay tandaan mo yan ang bukas nyo dumating na nga sa inyo pero ang sa iloilo hindi pa, huwag kang magmayabang the world is round kailangan eh enjoy mo na yan ngayun habang umiimprove pa ang cebu. Ano nanalo ka hindi mo ba tinatanong na lahat ng audience or tao doon nagsasawa na sa sinulog mo? You mean ang mga pagpili ng ATOP at ng UNITED NATIONS at ng ASIAN DEVT. BANK hindi credible? wala namang ilonggo judges doon ah? Eh ang 6 lang na judges kaya sa aliwan mas nakakatawa mastotoong nakakatawa ano alam ng lahat at nan doon kami lahat sa aliwan lahat nagtatanong bakit nga daw 3 years repeat performence at pati costume panalo hahaha hahaha ,mabuti ang tao ang nagtatanong meron pa nga doon na anung klaseng mga judges yun, at nakita ko rin sila last year ah,sila rin ang mga umupo ngayun ah? masnakakatawa.

  21. jec says:

    TAMa kA BOrING TALaGA YuNG SiNULOG

    BTW
    ANU SKED NG ALIWAN 09 at FIGHT NI PACMAN?????

    go dinagyang… HALA BIRA…

  22. jheyymart says:

    go pampanga!!!
    caragan festival at ibon-ebun festival…
    mga bago ata yan lalo na ibon-ebun festival ang gaganda ng mga costumes&props,ang gagaling pa nang mga dance steps nila nakakindak yung music..tapos meron pang lumulipad-lipad na tao o diba astig..tapos un namang caragan festival pantapat ng pampanga sa dinagyang ng ilo-ilo…
    mga baguhan pero unique tiyak na may pag-asang masungkit ang grand champion…
    go!!

    caragan festival & ibon-ebun festival….

  23. ed says:

    go pampanga@ yan pala napanood ko sa t.v..ginaya nga pati beatings at ibang dance steps sa dinagyang.wow indeed dinagyang now is the mother of all festivals.pati na rin yung lubi lubi festival ng glan, sarangani province.kinuha rin ang style ng dinagyang.

    this is an honor for dinagyang festival of iloilo.it is now the model of some festivals of the country..go dinagyang!!what an achievement!!

    hala bira iloilo!!viva senyor sto. nino!!

  24. jheyymart says:

    dance steps?????a big big question………….??

    good to know na maraming steps sa dinagyang ang ginaya pero pareho ba ng festival di nagkataon na nagaya yung steps na yun sa mga festivals namin….

    takot lang kayong matalo sa pampanga at sa cebu…

  25. ed says:

    viva senyor sto. nino!!hala bira and God bless iloilo!!dinagyang is now considered as mother of all festivals as indicated by some festivals in the country patterned their concept on it.
    hala bira iloilo!!

  26. jam says:

    IT?S a grand slam win for Dinagyang as Best Tourism Event. For the third consecutive year since 2006, Dinagyang makes history when it was adjudged by tourism officials all over the country as the Best Festival in the Chartered City category.

    It means Dinagyang is still the BEst and was cited even by the DOT itself and foreigners.

  27. Arn says:

    Keep track ang Dinagyang Festival nagumpisa 1960 s pa? at ang sabi napangaya hindi uso yan sa Dinagyang dahil they have a updated innovations ahead of time in which nabibigla nga ako pagumikot ako sa different festivals na ginaya na, at totoo yan Dinagyang has its own mga kapatid ,at every Dinagyang maraming galing sa North papunta sa South Philippines na pumupunta sa Iloilo at inaaply nila sa mga lugar nila.At realidad yan.

  28. pinoy says:

    All filipinos should be proud of our festivals in
    Philippines and appreciate it.Here in England they have their own show of festivals pero BORING kahit sa Europe & America meron rin silang festi-
    vals, one thing you will not enjoy in their festi-vals like In England,Europe or America-we never
    enjoy their FOODS AROUND-walang lasa ang timpla ng pag kain nila compared to FILIPINO FOODS na
    hanap hanapin ng iyong bituka,I’m a BRITISH
    CITIZEN but I was born in Philippines, we should be proud of our own festival & culture in Philippines, alam ba ninyo halos lahat ng british ay gustong makita ang ating festivals at tikman ang masasarap nating pag kain.Wala po ito sa
    England na pure filipino festivals,lets SUPPORT &
    BE PROUD OF OUR FILIPINO FESTIVALS IN PHILIPPINES.

  29. Deon says:

    Ilonggos are talented and one way of showingit is by the Dinagyang Festival.NAgpapatunay rin na talnted ang mga ilonggo sa pagkapanalo nang tribu kasag saaliwan Festival…

  30. Deon says:

    if born champions ang cebu bakit natalo sila nang tribu kasag nang iloilo sa isang category nang festival? HELLLLLLOOOOO!!!!

  31. Deon says:

    DAdo hindi naman siguro ipagmamayabang nang department of tourism ang Dinagyang festival if hindi ito maganda.Ano tinginmo sa kanila walang utak?syempre ayaw rin nilang mapahiya ano? Dinagyang Festival deserves to be published.FYI Aliwan festival is not only about sinulog itis composedof different visayan cities.at hindi rin ang sinulog performances lang ang dinadayo sa aliwan.hve anice day

  32. francis says:

    We should respect everyone’s openion. We are all Filipinos! We should be proud of our different festivals in every regions…and i believe each festivals had their own uniqueness to express their own culture… wag’ na tayong ma away kung sino ang maganda…we honor ONE GOD in that festivals..Do you think GOD is happy of what you are doing? magising nga kayo kaya pinoy d umaasenso…

  33. francis says:

    Hello to all Ilonggo’s friends there Eduard Tolones, Neben Gustilo, Roy Gulmatico, Ritchie Peleña & all paho boys! also to all Cebuano’s friends Joan, Mitch, Gary, Erwin, Jun2 & Imee…Miss you All! God Bless!

  34. joemar says:

    Firts of all I just want to congratulate Iloilo for being excellent when it comes showcasing thier festival (Dinagyang Festival).No wonder at this time Iloilo tried to reach out howthe city will become more progress totally.Malapit na.Watch out people!

  35. Arn says:

    Kong Festival lang ang pinagtatalunan wala namang ibang sagot doon ah ang tunay na pinakamanda sa buong Pilipinas aat proven na talaga at syempre walang duda ay ang: DINAGYANG FESTIVAL ng ILOILO CITY.

  36. BÖÖ says:

    Yes, Still Dinagyang is the best. Early summer of 2009 we enjoy the performance of dinagyang tribe presented here in Vienna,Austria in Barrio Fiesta. Although, it’s performed by filipinos residing in Austria the best thing there is the essence of Dinagyang is already here. You can feel the beat of drums…Oh my, we can’t wait to see it in Iloilo this January. Dinagyang here we come!!!Viva viva senior Sto.Nino…. What’s Sinulog Anyway? Haven’t hear about it in any occassion… is it fun or its boring,as i can count the numbers of negative reviews in this page? Dinagyang is truly the best ever since… see you soon DAGOY(dinagyang mascot)

  37. BÖÖ says:

    What about this name DADO? is he Human? I presume he is one of the most fanatic of all. But then hello, You do know how to read do you? In ways of learning and knowing things about History and events try to read some more before you say that Dinagyang is a loser… Look at yourself, you just envy of what you can see the proofs of Dinagyang events compare to yours. according to further researches your so naive to accept that your occasion is way beyond dinagyang,in performances your where truly BORING compare to DINAGYANG Festival not for decades,not just in centuries or it would be as if you can count all the revealing stars in the universe…shame on you!!! If I were you JOIN Dinagyang and we both know you’ll enjoy it!! or try to make some improvements to your festival in Cebu. start with performances and nonrepeating performances for decades… that keeps its boringness that the DOT or the World will never recognized it as the Best.. In all 4/10 points… have a nice day! Does anyone agree with that?

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