Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2012 Schedule

Iloilo City is once again busy this January 2012 for the upcoming Dinagyang Festival.

Dinagyang is an annual religious and cultural event mainly centered on the devotion to the Child Jesus or the Santo Nino. Every year, men and women would paint themselves in dark brown immitating the dark skin color of the natives or the Ati. They would then go out in the streets to dance to the hypnotic beating of the drums.

Iloilo-Dinagyang2012-posterEvery year the street dancing competition gets fiercer as winners are usually given the right to represent the city in various events. Just recently the Dinagyang Festival won the Grand Championship title of the Aliwan Fiesta in Manila, with a prize money of 1 Million Pesos.

With the theme “Beyond Awards, A Culture of Excellence,” Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said Dinagyang 2012 will be most significant, coinciding with the city’s Diamond Jubilee Year or 75th Charter Anniversary.

Through the years, the festival has been more than just a showcase of the Ilonggos’ rich heritage and culture, excellent craftsmanship and outstanding talents and skills. “It has become the best avenue for us to be united for the common good as well as strengthen public-private partnership.”

Dinagyang Festival falls on the 4th Sunday of January, and this 2012 here is the schedule.



2-22 10:00 AM-8:00 PM Dinagyang Information and Assistance Center Robinson Place Iloilo
6 Friday Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2012 – Talent Night SM City Iloilo
7-22 10:00 AM-9:00 PM Dinagyang Information and Assistance Center SM City Iloilo
7 Saturday Dressing-up Dinagyang Dagoy Dolls (D4) 2012 -Part 1 SM City Iloilo
10 Tuesday 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Dinagyang Newspaper Gown Fashion Festival Robinsons Place Iloilo
5:00 – 6:00 PM Dinagyang Newspaper Gown Fashion Festival Awarding Ceremony Robinsons Place Iloilo
11 – 22 6:00 AM, 7:00 AM, 8:30 AM, 5:00 PM, 5:30 PM Santo Niño Masses San Jose Parish
11 Wednesday 5:00 AM Opening Salvo for the Feast of Señor Santo Niño Around 10 Barangays of San Jose Church
11:00 AM-2:00 PM Model Ati Dinagyang Warrior Robinson Place Iloilo
5:00 PM-6:00 PM Model Ati Dinagyang Warrior – Awarding Ceremony Robinson Place Iloilo
5:30 PM Re-installation of the Hermanos San Jose Parish
12-15 8:00 AM Dinagyang 2012 Mayor’s Cup 9-Ball Handicapping Tournament
12 Thursday 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Miss Teen Dinagyang – Presentation of Candidates, Newspaper Gown (Advocacy), Dinagyang Quiz Bee SM City Iloilo
13 Friday 3:00 PM Dinagyang Opening Salvo Around Four (4) Judging Area
Kapuso Night Freedom Grandstand
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Miss Teen Dinagyang – Talent Presentation SM City Iloilo
14-15 Dressing-up Dinagyang Dagoy Dolls (D4) 2012 -Part 2 Amigo Mall
14 Saturday 9:00 AM Santo Niño Mass for Barangay Children (followed by Parlor Games and Snacks for children) San Jose Parish
ECONOWMICS: Investing in Yesterday for a Better Tomorrow SM City Iloilo
3:00 PM Miss Teen Dinagyang Coronation Robinsons Place Iloilo
15 Sunday Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2012 – Festival Costume Robinsons Place Iloilo
5:00 AM Iloilo Dinagyang 5k, 10k and 21k Half Marathon
Medical – Dental Mission San Jose Parish
16 Monday 3:00 PM Model Ati Dinagyang Warrior Awarding Robinson Place Iloilo
17 Tuesday 10:00 AM Healing Mass and Lunch Date for the Aged, Sick and Abadoned San Jose Parish
18 Wednesday 7:00 PM Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2012 Coronation CPU Gymnasium, Jaro, Iloilo City
4:30 PM Coronation of Queen Juana 2012 and Niño Dinagyang 2012 San Jose Parish
5:00 PM 5th Dinagyang Motor Show Competition Robinsons Car Park
19-21 2nd Dinagyang International Film Festival SM City Iloilo
19 Thursday 7:00 AM Arrival of the Pilgrim Image of Señor Santo Niño from Cebu City From Iloilo Port to San Jose Church
20-21 8:00 AM-5:00 PM 5th Iloilo Dinagyang National Age-Group Swimfest Iloilo Sports Complex
20-21 8:00 AM-5:00 PM 2nd Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog Badminton Cup
20-22 8:00 AM-5:00 PM 2nd Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog Shooting Tournament CIPSA Firing Range, SUA Inland Resirt, Talanghuan, Sta. Barbara, Iloilo
20 Friday 8:00 AM Tambor, Trumpa Martsa, Musika Freedom Grandstand
3:00 PM Fluvial Procession From Fort San Pedro Drive In to Disembark in front of Customs House, followed by Solemn procession to the San Jose Church
4:00 PM Dinagyang Kapamilya Dance Showdown – Grand Finals SM City Iloilo Car Park
7:00 PM Beauty and Fashion Extraordinaire Sarabia Manor Hotel
21-22 8:00 AM-5:00 PM 3rd National Invitational Arnis Tournament – Dinagyang Bastonero 2012
21 Saturday 7:00 AM Mass for Kasadyahan Dancers San Jose Parish
On-the-Spot Painting Contest Museo Iloilo
Art Exhibit Museo Iloilo
7:30 AM Dinagyang National Taekwondo Tournament
8:00 PM ECLIPSED by Republiq Plazuela de Iloilo
22 Sunday 7:00 AM Concelebrated High Mass for devotees, Tribes, Gov’t Officials, Guests and LOMAS in attendance San Jose Parish
8:00 AM 2012 Iloilo Dinagyang Ati Contest Freedom Grandstand, Provincial Capitol, La Paz Rotonda, Iloilo Sports Complex
7:00 PM Awarding Ceremonies Freedom Grandstand
7:00 PM KA TRIBU : Fashion Show of Indigenous Materials Plazuela de Iloilo
23 Monday 5:30 PM Thanksgiving Mass with 2011 DinagyangFestival Working Committees & winners of Ati & Kasadyahan Competition San Jose Parish

This is the Main Event to watch for:

January 18 – Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2012
January 20 – Fluvial Procession
January 21 – Kasadyahan Festival
January 22 – Dinagyang Ati Festival

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