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Pinoy Festivals : Dinagyang Festival 2011 in Iloilo



The Iloilo Dinagyang
Just like most festivals in January, Dinagyang is a thanksgiving for and a celebration in honor of Sr. Santo Nino. But it prides itself as a festival of excellent folk choreography, a showcase of Ilonggo heritage and culture. It is as grand as Iloilo's old churches and mansions. It is as crisp as pinasugbong saging, as delectable as pancit molo and batchoy.

Highlights of the Festival
The religious highlight is the fluvial procession along Iloilo River. The cultural highlights are the Kasadyahan and the Ati-atihan parades and competitions.

The fluvial procession is on a Friday of the Dinagyang week. Devotees carrying assorted images of the Child Jesus ride in motorized bancas from the mouth of the river towards the pier area where the foot parade would start and then back to the church.

Held on a Saturday, Kasadyahan is a cultural parade. The presentation is theatrical and in local color.

The Ati-atihan contest on a Sunday, is a big event. Participated in by at least twenty groups or tribe, the warriors wipe black soot all over their body and dance to the drumbeats.

Primary reason for starting the Dinagyang Festival. The festival was first started to celebrate the feast of the Sto. Nino. From a parish church festivity to honor the Child Jesus, the celebration has evolved to become a religious-cultural activity. It is now a vehicle to promote Iloilo as a tourist and investment destination.

Dinagyang Song. Dinagyang Song tells of how Iloilo got its name, how it was sold by the aborigines to the Borneans led by a Datu Paiburong. It also describes Ilonggos' proud heritage, industry and peaceful existence. It spells out hope and progress through Dinagyang.

Responses Dinagyang has been getting from audiences and media over the years. The performances have awed audiences because of its spectacle - the choreography, costumes and music are very impressive. Especially, the choreography which has been noted by no less than the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA). The commission has tagged Dinagyang as the "Festival of Excellent Folk Choreography".

Through the years, the festival has gained national prominence and recognition by winning the national street dancing competition. Now, people know that Dinagyang is Iloilo, and Iloilo is Dinagyang!

Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2011 Schedule

October 14, 2010, Friday
2:00 P.M. LOCAL LAUNCH Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2011
Freedom Grandstand

December 16, 2010, Friday
2:00 P.M. PAMUKAW
Assembly Area: Promenade passing Iznart, J.M. Basa to Freedom Grandstand

January 4, 2011, Tuesday
2:00 P.M. Model Ati Dinagyang Warrior 2011 Presentation

January 7, 2011, Friday
2:00 P.M. Model Ati Dinagyang Warrior 2011 Talent Competition

January 9, 2011, Sunday
1:00 P.M. Model Ati Dinagyang Warrior 2011 Finals

January 14, 2011, Friday
2:30 P.M. Mass for Opening Salvo of Tribe Dancers
San Jose Parish Church
3:00 PM OPENING SALVO
Judging Area

January 14-16, 2011
Iloilo Dinagyang Golf Competition 2011
Sta. Barbara Golf Club

January 15, 2011, Saturday
7:00:00 AM SQUEAK
Parade Route

January 16-23, 2011
Dinagyang Photo Exhibit

January 16, 2011, Sunday
10:00AM - 3:00PM DRESSING UP DAGOY

January 19-23, 2011
2:00 P.M.-12 MN Iloilo Hotel Resort & Restaurant Association (IHRRA) Food Festival
Delgado St., Iloilo City

January 21, 2011, Friday
8:00:00 AM TAMBOR TRUMPA MARTSA MUSIKA
Freedom Grandstand
7:00 PM LUCES IN THE SKY Part I

January 22, 2011, Saturday
7:00:00 AM Mass for Kasadyahan
San Jose Parish Church
8:00 A.M. 2011 KASADYAHAN Competition
Freedom Grandstand and other stages
2:00PM SPONSORS MARDI GRAS
Judging Area #4 to Freedom Grandstand
7:00 PM LUCES IN THE SKY Part II
7:00 PM Religious Sad-sad to Sr. Sto. NiƱo
San Jose Parish Church

January 23, 2011, Sunday
6:30 a.m Concelebrated high mass for devotees, Tribes, Gov't. Officials, LOMAS in attendance
San Jose Parish Church
8:00 A.M. 2011 Dinagyang Ati CONTEST
Freedom Grandstand and other stages
7:00 P.M. Awarding Ceremonies
Freedom Grandstand

January 24, 2011, Monday
5:30 P.M. Thanksgiving Mass with all members of 2010 Iloilo Dinagyang Festival Working Committees
San Jose Parish Church

For more info, you may contact:
Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation, Inc.
Dinagyang Lounge
Iloilo Freedom Grandstand
J.M. Basa Street, Iloilo Ctiy
Tel. No. (+6333) 336 3439
Email: info@dinagyangsailoilo.com

Source: http://www.dinagyangsailoilo.com/







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6 comments :

Axl Powerhouse Production Inc, said...

whaha parang gusto kung pumunta kaso mahal ng fair... :D

Pinoy AdvenTurista said...

@axl-di rin ako punta, share ko lang info sa mga followers ko... hehehe!

Axl Powerhouse Production Inc, said...

whaha kala ko punta eh :D

Bino said...

ako pupunta. province ko yan eh. hehehehe

eric said...

ay kala ko go ka din iloilo eehe

try mo next year go to iloilo! one of the best festivals in terms of streetdancing performances.

Pinoy AdvenTurista said...

@Bino and Eric - kakapunta ko lang ng Iloilo last November, matagal pa cguro bago me bumalik although madami pa akong di napuntahan sa Iloilo... I love Iloilo so much, sobrang ganda talaga...

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