Dinagyang Festival 2012 Schedule

Posted by on May 23, 2011

Iloilo City’s Pride, the Dinagyang Festival 2012 will once again be held this coming January! Dinagyang Festival was once declared as a Hall of Famer by the Association of tourism Officers of the Philippines as the Best Tourism Event in the Philippines.

dinagyang 2012

Dinagyang is an annual religious and cultural event mainly centered on the devotion to the Child Jesus or the Santo Nino. Every year, men and women would paint themselves in dark brown immitating the dark skin color of the natives or the Ati. They would then go out in the streets to dance to the hypnotic beating of the drums.

kasadyahan festival 2012

Every year the street dancing competition gets fiercer as winners are usually given the right to represent the city in various events. Just recently the Dinagyang Festival won the Grand Championship title of the Aliwan Fiesta in Manila, with a prize money of 1 Million Pesos.

Last June the defending champion flew to New York and Washington DC USA to perform during the Philippine Independence Day celebration.

Dinagyang Festival 2012

The Dinagyang Festival has three main events. The Fluvial Procession which starts from the San Jose Church then the image is brought to the Iloilo River and back to the church again.

Then there’s the Kasadyahan Festival, where towns from all over Iloilo portrays their local culture, beliefs and the uniqueness of their town through streetdancing competition.

dinagyang 2012

and the main highlight of festivities is the Dinagyang Ati competition where we get to see dancers painted in dark colors wearing elaborate costume dance to very intricate and fast moving choreography.

Dinagyang Festival is always held every 4th Sunday of January. Below is the Official schedule of Activities:


2-22 10:00 AM-8:00 PM Dinagyang Information and Assistance Center Robinson Place Iloilo
6 Friday Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2012 – Talent Night SM City Iloilo
7-22 10:00 AM-9:00 PM Dinagyang Information and Assistance Center SM City Iloilo
7 Saturday Dressing-up Dinagyang Dagoy Dolls (D4) 2012 -Part 1 SM City Iloilo
10 Tuesday 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Dinagyang Newspaper Gown Fashion Festival Robinsons Place Iloilo
5:00 – 6:00 PM Dinagyang Newspaper Gown Fashion Festival Awarding Ceremony Robinsons Place Iloilo
11 – 22 6:00 AM, 7:00 AM, 8:30 AM, 5:00 PM, 5:30 PM Santo Niño Masses San Jose Parish
11 Wednesday 5:00 AM Opening Salvo for the Feast of Señor Santo Niño Around 10 Barangays of San Jose Church
11:00 AM-2:00 PM Model Ati Dinagyang Warrior Robinson Place Iloilo
5:00 PM-6:00 PM Model Ati Dinagyang Warrior – Awarding Ceremony Robinson Place Iloilo
5:30 PM Re-installation of the Hermanos San Jose Parish
12-15 8:00 AM Dinagyang 2012 Mayor’s Cup 9-Ball Handicapping Tournament
12 Thursday 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Miss Teen Dinagyang -  Presentation of Candidates, Newspaper Gown (Advocacy), Dinagyang Quiz Bee SM City Iloilo
13 Friday 3:00 PM Dinagyang Opening Salvo Around Four (4) Judging Area
Kapuso Night Freedom Grandstand
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Miss Teen Dinagyang – Talent Presentation SM City Iloilo
14-15 Dressing-up Dinagyang Dagoy Dolls (D4) 2012 -Part 2 Amigo Mall
14 Saturday 9:00 AM Santo Niño Mass for Barangay Children (followed by Parlor Games and Snacks for children) San Jose Parish
ECONOWMICS: Investing in Yesterday for a Better Tomorrow SM City Iloilo
3:00 PM Miss Teen Dinagyang Coronation Robinsons Place Iloilo
15 Sunday Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2012 – Festival Costume Robinsons Place Iloilo
5:00 AM Iloilo Dinagyang 5k, 10k and 21k Half Marathon
Medical – Dental Mission San Jose Parish
16 Monday 3:00 PM Model Ati Dinagyang Warrior Awarding Robinson Place Iloilo
17 Tuesday 10:00 AM Healing Mass and Lunch Date for the Aged, Sick and Abadoned San Jose Parish
18 Wednesday 7:00 PM Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2012 Coronation CPU Gymnasium, Jaro, Iloilo City
4:30 PM Coronation of Queen Juana 2012 and Niño Dinagyang 2012 San Jose Parish
5:00 PM 5th Dinagyang Motor Show Competition Robinsons Car Park
19-21 2nd Dinagyang International Film Festival SM City Iloilo
19 Thursday 7:00 AM Arrival of the Pilgrim Image of Señor Santo Niño from Cebu City From Iloilo Port to San Jose Church
20-21 8:00 AM-5:00 PM 5th Iloilo Dinagyang National Age-Group Swimfest Iloilo Sports Complex
20-21 8:00 AM-5:00 PM 2nd Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog Badminton Cup
20-22 8:00 AM-5:00 PM 2nd Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog Shooting Tournament CIPSA Firing Range, SUA Inland Resirt, Talanghuan, Sta. Barbara, Iloilo
20 Friday 8:00 AM Tambor, Trumpa Martsa, Musika Freedom Grandstand
3:00 PM Fluvial Procession From Fort San Pedro Drive In to Disembark in front of Customs House, followed by Solemn procession to the San Jose Church
4:00 PM Dinagyang Kapamilya Dance Showdown – Grand Finals SM City Iloilo Car Park
7:00 PM Beauty and Fashion Extraordinaire Sarabia Manor Hotel
21-22 8:00 AM-5:00 PM 3rd National Invitational Arnis Tournament – Dinagyang Bastonero 2012
21 Saturday 7:00 AM Mass for Kasadyahan Dancers San Jose Parish
On-the-Spot Painting Contest Museo Iloilo
Art Exhibit Museo Iloilo
7:30 AM Dinagyang National Taekwondo Tournament
8:00 PM ECLIPSED by Republiq Plazuela de Iloilo
22 Sunday 7:00 AM Concelebrated High Mass for devotees, Tribes, Gov’t Officials, Guests and LOMAS in attendance San Jose Parish
8:00 AM 2012 Iloilo Dinagyang Ati Contest Freedom Grandstand, Provincial Capitol, La Paz Rotonda, Iloilo Sports Complex
7:00 PM Awarding Ceremonies Freedom Grandstand
7:00 PM KA TRIBU : Fashion Show of Indigenous Materials Plazuela de Iloilo
23 Monday 5:30 PM Thanksgiving Mass with 2011 DinagyangFestival Working Committees & winners of Ati & Kasadyahan Competition San Jose Parish


dinagyang festival in iloilo

the 2012 edition of Dinagyang Festival will have a new route! This year, the festival will start at the Iloilo Sports complex. This is done in order to accommodate more tourists who would want to see the competition.

Judging Area #1 Sports Complex

Judging Area #2 Gaisano Lapaz, corner Luna and Huervana Streets

Judging Area #3 Iloilo Provincial Capitol

Judging Area #4 Freedom Grandstand

BOOKMARK THIS PAGE! This blog post will be updated once detailed festival schedule is released.

dinagyang fluvial procession

Have you booked your hotel rooms already? Here’s a list of where to stay in Iloilo. Book now, as hotels get fully booked during this season

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Comments (4)


  1. patrick says:

    Thanks for the updates. Hoping to go there in Jan. 2012 to witness the Dinagyang festival.

  2. Wow, you already got the sched? Thanks for early updates. Hope we can watch this next year.

  3. Cebu Sinulog says:

    Thanks 4 d updates! H0p 2 b der ds Sunday & celebrate with u Il0il0 pipz! See u 0l!

  4. Meann says:

    Ask ko po Kung kailan Dinagyang festival street parade main event for next year 2013 para mga kapag plan for our trip??

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