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Dinagyang Festival 2012 Schedule Released

Submitted by on November 27, 2011 – 9:26 pmNo Comment

The Iloilo City government released the schedule of next year’s most anticipated tourism event.

Dinagyang 2012 with its theme, Beyond Awards, A Culture of Excellence, aims to showcase the development of the city through its most cherished values of community action, unity, preservation of heritage and culture and of course appreciation of local talent and skills.

Next year’s Dinagyang is expected to be more exciting, colorful and extravagant. The event also highlights Iloilo’s new icons: the Iloilo River Esplanade, new Iloilo City Hall, and string of urban development projects around the city.

“We will once again witness how Dinagyang lives up to its expectations as a model of best practice wherein the community unites and work together for the good of the city and the general welfare of the Ilonggos,” according to City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.

Dinagyang Festival 2012 Schedule


Pamukaw (Awakening of the City) – December 16, 2011
Opening Salvo (Official Festival Kick-Off) – January 13, 2012
Dinagyang Fluvial Procession – January 20,2012
Highlights (Ati / Streetdance Competition) – January 21 & 22, 2012

Dinagyang 2012 will have major changes in Judging Areas next year:
Judging Area #1 Freedom Grandstand  – FIRST JUDGING AREA
Judging Area #2 Front of Iloilo Provincial Capitol
Judging Area #3 La Paz Rotunda
Judging Area #4 Iloilo Sports Complex – FINAL JUDGING AREA

President Benigno S. Aquino III and US Ambassador Harry Thomas are expected to grace Dinagyang 2012.

Updated: An earlier version of this article stated that the first judging area is at the Iloilo Sports Complex. A resolution passed by the Dinagyang Festival Executive Board this month changed the arrangements. Another staging area, in front of St. Clement’s in La Paz is moved to La Paz Rotunda.

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