Posted by May 23, 2011on
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 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.
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.
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.
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|
|KASADYAHAN REGIONAL CULTURAL COMPETITION||Around Four (4) Judging Area|
|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|
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.
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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