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dinagyang 2013

Iloilo Dinagyang Festival has grown to be national phenomenon. The exotic choreography, loud drum beating, and the ecstatic street dancing have captured a growing number of audiences every year. Tourists and spectators from all over the Philippines and other countries come and celebrate with Ilonggos every fourth weekend of January.

Next year’s Dinagyang is scheduled on January 25 to 27, 2013. So that’s a month more of preparation for all of us to experience and enjoy this once-a-year spectacle dubbed as the “Queen Festival of the Philippines”. Truly, Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2013 will be the best the people of Iloilo City can offer. As we always say, it gets better and better every year!

What are the events during the Dinagyang Festival?

iloilo dinagyang 2013

Over the years, the events of the Dinagyang Festival evolved. From its three-day jam-packed events, it is now a full season! A month-long celebration which starts early on December and climaxes on the 4th weekend of January.

The main three events of the Dinagyang Festival include:

January 25, 2013 (Friday) – The Fluvial Procession. The replica of the Sto. Nino de Cebu is paraded along the Iloilo River and followed by thousands of devotees. It is religious event that culminates at the Parish of San Jose de Placer at Plaza Libertad.

January 26, 2013 (Saturday) – The Regional Kasadyahan Festival. A parade of Western Visayas’ festivals. Competing contingents and visiting representatives of our region’s colourful festivals fill our streets. A true showcase of our region’s diverse culture and heritage. Definitely, a must see for all!

January 27, 2013 (Sunday) – The Ati Tribe Competition. The climax of the Iloilo Dinagyang Festival is the Ati Tribe Competition. Competing tribes representing Iloilo City’s schools and barangays battle it out with the most adrenaline-pumped dance moves, high octane drum beating, and of course, the most outlandish colourful Aeta costumes.

Next year’s contigents include Panayanon, Ilonganon, Atub-atub, Salognon, Pag-asa, Aninipay, Molave, Bantu, Angola, Milagrosa and Buntatalan-on. Last year’s champion, Tribu Pan-ay (two time champion at both the Ati Tribe Competition and the annual Aliwan Festival), is taking a break. Another strong contigent, Tribu Paghidaet (another grandslam champion in the previous contests) is also not participating. Yet, all eyes are now on these 11 tribes on who will take the coveted crown. More explosive performances and ecstatic drum beating will surely be another signature of Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2013.

Other Side-events

      • Pamukaw (Awakening the City) – Held at a cold December morning to turn on the heat with street dancing and drum beating.


    • January 18, 2013: Opening Salvo – A week before the main 3-day event, the streets of Iloilo City are in a lockdown with street dancing and parades. A prelude to the upcoming explosive festival.
    • January 19-20, 2013: Dinagyang Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament
    • January 24, 2013: Start of Food Festival
    • January 25, 2013: Tambor Trumpa Banda Musika
    • January 26, 2013: Sponsors Mardi Gras

Miss Iloilo Dinagyang

    • Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2013 Pageant / Miss Teen Dinagyang 2013
    • Medical Missions and Community Service

Tribu Paghidaet

  • Model Ati Dinagyang Warrior 2013
  • Fun Runs / Sporting Tournaments / The Mayor’s Cup


  • Luces in the Sky – A fireworks display competition
  • Fashion Shows / Art Exhibits

Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2013 Parade Route and Tickets

parade route

This year, the parade routed reverted to its carousel-type route, with simultaneous performances held at 4 stages namely (1) Freedom Grandstand, (2) Iloilo Provincial Capitol, (3) corner Quezon-Ledesma Streets (near Robinsons Place Iloilo) and (4) Maria Clara and Rizal Street Intersection (in front of Central Market). The 2.9 kilometer parade will last the whole morning and tens of thousands are expected to participate in the street dancing.

Limited numbers of tickets for the 4 judging areas are available. Access to the selected judging stages can be bought at:

City Tourism and Development Office (CTDO)
Lee Chuan Dinagyang Lounge (Freedom Grandstand), JM Basa Street, Iloilo City, Philippines
033 336-3439 / 033 337-2172 / 033 336-7572

City Tourism and Development Office (CTDO)
5th Floor, New Iloilo City Hall
De La Rama Street, Iloilo City, Philippines

These are the new rates for the tickets at the following judging areas:

Stage 1 (Freedom Grandstand): Center stage: PhP 1,400.00  Side Stage PhP 1, 200.00

Stage 3 (Quezon-Ledesma S treets):  Center Stage: PhP 1,200.00  Side Stage: PhP 1,000.00

Stage 4 (Ma. Clara Street): PhP 1,000

Getting Around the City

The roads are closed during the whole weekend. Public transportation is instead re-routed around the parade and judging areas. It is advised that you plan your trip ahead so you can accommodate changes in your transportation options.

Where to stay during the Dinagyang Festival? (See our Hotel Directory Here)

There are many options ranging from Standard Class to budget hotels available for our guests. Resorts in and around Iloilo City is also available for your needs. If you want to stay at the heart of action, there are accommodation options along the parade route and at downtown Iloilo City. See our directory of hotels here:

Freedom Grandstand and Plaza Libertad (Judging Area 1): City Corporate Inn, Villa Sagrado

J.M. Basa to Iznart (Street Dance Area #1): Amigo Terrace Hotel, Iloilo Grand Hotel, Century21 Hotel, Harbor Town Hotel, Iloilo Midtown Hotel, Ong Bun Pension House, Circle Inn Iloilo

Iloilo Provincial Capitol (Judging Area #2): Days Hotel, Grand Tower Suites, River Queen Hotel

La Paz Area: Urban Inn Hotel, Pensionne Del Carmen, Sportsville Pension, Lourdes Hall Pension, Palmares Guest House, Grand Dame Hotel

Other Alternative Accommodation Options

Hotels and Pension houses are also found at the districts of Molo, Mandurriao (Diversion Road) and Jaro. Here are your possible choices:

Molo and along General Luna Street: Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center, Highway 21 Hotel, People’s Hotel, Fine Rock Hotel, Eon Centennial Plaza

Mandurriao (Smallville): Iloilo Business Hotel, MO2 – Westown Hotel, and Smallville 21

Jaro: El Haciendero Private Hotel, Jaro Bellvue Pensionne, Queen’s Pension House, Moritz Hotel

Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2013 will surely be more explosive than ever. Plan your trip ahead for a smooth yet unforgettable experience of the festival and your visit to our city.

See you here at Iloilo City for the Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2013! At this time early, we already greet you,

“Malipayon nga Pag-abot!”

Welcome to Iloilo City!



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