Dinagyang Festival is a spectacular event in the province of Iloilo where people in unique costumes dance all day and night every 4th week of January to commemorate the Christianization of the natives and to honor the Holy Child Jesus. It is a religious and cultural festival in Iloilo City, Philippines held on the fourth Sunday of January, or right after the Sinulog In Cebu and the Ati-Atihan in Aklan. It is held both to honor the Santo Niño and to celebrate the arrival on Panay of Malay settlers and the subsequent selling of the island to them by the Atis.
Dinagyang is an annual event, when the whole town rejoices, shouting their pride of being an Ilonggo and telling their culture. It is a wonderful looking back to the past. It is not just a celebration, it is a religious evangelization. Going back to Iloilo is more like a past fulfilled and a looking forward for future celebrations. It is our culture. The Aeta culture. That's why it is painting the town black.
Today, the main part of the festival consists of a number of "tribes", called "tribus", who are supposed to be Ati tribe members dancing in celebration. There are a number of requirements, including that the performers must paint their skin brown and that only indigenous materials can be used for the costumes. All dances are performed to drum music. Many tribes are organized by the local high schools. Some tribes receive a subsidiary from the organizers and recruit private sponsors, with the best tribes receiving the most. The current Ati population of Iloilo is not involved with any of the tribes nor are they involved in the festival in any other way.
(promotional video of Dinagyang Festival)
Dinagyang was voted as the best Tourism Event for 2006, 2007 and 2008 by the Association of Tourism Officers in the Philippines. It is the first festival in the world to get the support of the United Nations for the promotion of the Millennium Development Goals, and cited by the Asian Development Bank as Best Practice on government, private sector & NGO cooperations.
Schedule of Activities 2011
|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|