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. Niño 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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  1. whaha parang gusto kung pumunta kaso mahal ng fair... :D

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

  3. ako pupunta. province ko yan eh. hehehehe

  4. 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.

  5. @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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