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What to Do in 2012 Dinagyang Festival?

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Iloilo City festival capital

January – the atmosphere is now filled with enthusiasm for this year’s most anticipated tourism event – Dinagyang! The dagyang fever has once again gripped the metro and if you’re planning to visit Iloilo City, prepare your itenerary and fill your calendar with the most jampacked festival in the Philippines.

What to do in Dinagyang Festival 2012? Take a look.


Aside from the metro’s fine dining and street food, there will be food bazaars this month. There will be a food festival and street party at SM City Iloilo Parking Lot on January 19 to 22, and a three-day (January 19-22) food bonanza at Delgado Street sponsored by Iloilo Hotel Resort and Restaurant Association (IHRRA). Discover the Ilonggo gourmet experience at My City, My Cuisine at SM City Iloilo this January 15.


Never forget to visit our local pasalubong stores, take home to your family and friends the sweet biscocho and piaya, and the crunchy pinasugbo and barquillos. Experience our very own La Paz Batchoy, Pancit Molo, and of course our Inasal Chicken.


Be prepared to be amazed as Iloilo City paints the night sky with its beautiful fireworks display. The “Luces in the Sky” is an annual fireworks display competition held near the back of SM City Iloilo. Take the best spot and watch the colorful array of lights this January 20 and 21.


Sto Nino De Arevalo Iloilo

As a cultural and a religious festival, events in Dinagyang also include the city’s devotion to Senor Sto Nino. Visit the San Jose Chuch at Plaza Libertad and together pray the Santo Nino Novenas starting on January 11. This January 15 will be the Sto Nino De Arevalo fiesta at Villa. Another signficant event is the arrival of the pilgrimage image of Sto Nino De Cebu on Jaunary 19. Join thousands of devotees on this year’s Fluvial Procession on the beautiful Iloilo River this coming January 20.


Iloilo Golf Fairway

Sports enthusiasts will definitely enjoy this year’s Dinagyang because of slated sporting events – 9-Ball billiard, golf, marathon, swimming, badminton, shooting and arnis tournaments.

Enjoy the local fashion scene with scheduled fashion events – Homecoming Fashion Show, Beauty and Fashion Extraordinaire, and Ka-Tribu Indigenous Fashion. 



Bring home the Ilonggo experience by buying yourself souvenirs. Available are Dinagyang Collectibles at malls or at IDFI offices. Handicrafts? Check out the Iloilo Central Market or the CM Bamboo Crafts at La Paz.


Support our local film industry and watch quality Filipino films on 2012 Iloilo International Film Festival at SM City Iloilo organized by Sineng Pambansa – Film Development Council of the Philippines, and the Iloilo City Government.

Give LOVE!

Dinagyang is not all extravagance and street-dancing, it also has the heart for the needy and also aims to highlight the values of compassion and bayanihan. Medical missions, food aid programs, and healing Masses are included in the list of this month’s activities. Want to help? You may contact the organizers of these events such as the IDFI, Philippine Red Cross, San Jose Parish, Rotary Club of Metro Iloilo, and the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Panay, to name a few.

Of course, DANCE!

The Dinagyang experience will never be complete without the feverish street dancing. Feel the drum-beating and exotic choreography of our Ati Warriors and dancers on Opening Salvo (Januray 13 Afternoon) and Ati Dance Competition (January 22 Morning). A glimpse of the archipelago’s most cherished festival can be experienced by watching the Kasadyahan Regional Cultural Competition on January 21 Morning. Join the unending street dancing with the festival’s sponsors on Mardi Gras in the afternoon of the 21st. Parade route will start from the Freedom Grandstand going to the Iloilo Capitol through Calle Real, which will proceed to La Paz and end at the Iloilo Sports Complex at Jaro. Tickets available at IDFI and at Iloilo City Hall Offices at Robinson Iloilo.

Don’t forget the  Tambor Trumpa Martsa Musika (drum and bugle contest) to be participated by local students on January 20 in the morning.

and… ESCAPE!

After a month-long partying and merry making, it’s perfect time to escape into our tropical paradise at Guimaras. Accessible from Iloilo City, Guimaras Islands offers the best nature experience with its tropical beaches, mysterious caves, and flourishing wildlife. Take your pick among the islands’ hundreds of kilometers of coast line and, relax and refresh yourself before heading home.

What is Iloilo Dinagyang Festival?


Consistently adjudged as among the country’s top tourism event, Iloilo City’s Dinagyang is the paramount showcase of cultural craftsmanship punctuated by the dynamic and colorful street dances in a week-long cavalcade of activites every fourth week of January. Dinagyang Festival defines the interlink of traditons and art which are featured in various events which include the Ati Tribe competition, Kasadyahan presentation and fluvial patronal procession in honor of Sr. Sto. Niño. Inspiration of the festival came from the city’s devotion to Sto Nino, and the “real estate” deal between the 10 Borneo Datus and the Ati Tribes at the coast of Iloilo pre-hispanic times.

Want to know more?

Here’s the Complete Calendar of Activities – Dinagyang 2012

Visit: Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation, Inc.

Dinagyang Lounge

Iloilo Freedom Grandstand

J.M. Basa Street, Iloilo Ctiy

Tel. No. (+6333) 336 3439

Email: info@dinagyangsailoilo.com


Photo Credits: 

From Flickr: hutandcold, mykil, quaknit, jakipenalosa and raytabafunda

Iloilo City Tourism Office

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