The Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2013 is one of the Philippines’ most spectacular cultural festivals, a showcase of the rich heritage, colorful history, passionate devotion, and fun-loving spirit of Ilonggos. The festival traces its roots as a religious thanksgiving celebration in honor of Senyor Santo Niño, the child Jesus.
During the Dinagyang Festival held every fourth weekend of January, city streets of Iloilo, Philippines are filled with tens of thousands of tourists and local revelers. The search for schedule of activities, places to stay, excellent places to eat, and beautiful places to visit in Iloilo is always at its peak during the Dinagyang season.
Dinagyang Festival 2013 Schedule
The highlights of the Iloilo Dinagyang Festival are scheduled on the fourth weekend of January in addition to many exciting activities happening all throughout the month.
This 2013, the main events of the Dinagangyang Festival will be held on January 25 to 27, 2013. The religious highlight of the Dinagyang is the fluvial procession along Iloilo River while the cultural highlights include the Kasadyahan and the Dinagyang Ati parades and competitions.
- January 25 (Friday) – Fluvial Procession
- January 26 (Saturday) – Kasadyahan Competition
- January 27 (Sunday) – Dinagyang Ati Competition
Dinagyang 2013 Parade Route
The parade route of the Dinagyang Festival passes through the main streets of the Iloilo city center / downtown area and La Paz district.
Certain sections of the Dinagyang parade route are designated as performance stages where spectators can watch the 15-minute choreographed street dance of competing tribes. There are four performance stages namely (1) Freedom Grandstand, (2) Iloilo Provincial Capitol, (3) corner Quezon-Ledesma Sts., and (4) Maria Clara Monument beside the Iloilo Central Market. Access to the performance stages are limited to visitors with tickets purchased from the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation, Inc.
Outside the stages, everyone can enjoy the colorful costumes, thundering drum beats, and energetic dances of the Dinagyang performers . The tribes perform streetdance routines along the entire parade route.
Vehicles are prohibited to enter the parade route and nearby streets. Walking is the prime mode of transportation within Iloilo City Proper during the festivities.
Where to stay during the Dinagyang Festival
Almost all hotels in Iloilo are already fully booked by late December because of the high demand during the Dingayang Festival. It is advisable to confirm your hotel reservations as early as 3 months before the festivities.
Dinagyang Parade Route
If you want to stay in a hotel along or within a stone’s throw away from the parade route, here’s a list of accommodation options and nearby performance areas:
- Freedom Grandstand area (performance stage#1): City Corporate Inn, Harbor Town Hotel
- J.M. Basa and Iznart Sts. (in between stages #1 and #2): Amigo Terrace Hotel, Iloilo Midtown Hotel
- Iloilo Provincial Capitol area (stage #2): Days Hotel, Grand Tower Suites, Century21 Hotel
- Quezon-Ledesma area (stage #3): Ong Bun Pension House, One Loudres Dormitel, People’s Hotel, EON Plaza Centennial Hotel, Fine Rock Hotel
- Maria Clara monument area (stage #4: Iloilo Grand Hotel, Circle Inn Iloilo
Iloilo Dinagyang Performance Stage Tickets
Limited number of tickets are available depending on the capacity of the stages and reserved seats for guests of the Provincial and City government of Iloilo.
Here are the stage ticket rates for Dinagyang 2013:
- Stage 1 (Freedom Grandstand):
- Center stage: P1, 400.00
- Side Stage 1, 200.00
- Stage 3 (Quezon-Ledesma Streets)
- Center Stage: P1, 200.00
- Side Stage: 1, 000.00
- Stage 4 (Ma. Clara Street) P1, 000
The performance stage is inclusive of the two-day event (Kasadyahan and Ati-ati competitions). Online booking is not available. Tickets can be purchased at the City Tourism and Development Office (CTDO).
City Tourism and Development Office (CTDO)
Dinagyang Lounge (Freedom Grandstand), JM Basa St., Iloilo City, Philippines
(+63)(33) 336 3439
Dingayang 2013 Live Coverage
Details for Dinagyang 2013 live coverage will be posted here once available. Choose Philippines by ABS-CBN launched a live streaming coverage of the Dinagyang festival last year.
Dinagyang Festival Photos
The Dinagyang Festival is one of the most photographed festivals in the country. Thousands of professional photographers and hobbyists go on a pilgrimage to Iloilo for the chance to capture the perfect postcard photo of the Dinagyang warriors and other scenes during the festivities.
The annual “Iloilo Dinagyang Photo Contest” organized by the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation, Inc. (IDFI) gives recognition to the best photos and photographers.
There are spaces allocated for photographers, bloggers, and the media in each performance stage. Interested parties should coordinate with the Dinagyang Foundation to secure a media pass.
About the Dinagyang Festival
Dinagyang Festival official theme song
Dinagyang Circle of Winners
- Dinagyang Ati Competition 2012
- Champion – Tribu Pan-ay
- 1st runner-up – Tribu Lunok
- 2nd runner-up – Tribu Ilonganon
- 3rd runner-up – Tribu Paghidaet
- 4th runner-up – Tribu Atub-Atub
- Kasadyahan Competition 2012
- Champion – Salakayan Festival of Miag-ao, Iloilo
- 1st runner-up – Tribu Mandaragat, Binirayan Festival of San Jose, Antique
- 2nd runner-up – Sinulog sang Urakon Festival of Sibunag, Guimaras
- 3rd runner-up – Sinadya sa Halaran Festival, Capiz
- 4th runner-up – Tribu Maragtas of West Visayas State University, Iloilo
Past Dinagyang Ati Grand Champions
- 2012 Tribu Pan-ay
- 2011 Tribu Pan-ay
- 2010 Tribu Paghidaet
- 2009 Tribu Paghidaet
- 2008 Tribu Paghidaet
- 2007 Tribu Ilonganon
- 2006 Tribu Ilonganon
- 2005 Tribu Silak (open category); Tribu Pag-asa (barangay category)
- 2004 Tribu Bola-bola (open); Tribu Atub-atub (barangay)
- 2003 Tribu Paghidaet (open); Tribu Atub-atub (barangay)
- 2002 Tribu Paghidaet (open); Tribu Molave (barangay)
- 2001 Tribu Bola-bola (open); Tribu Molave (barangay)
- 2000 Tribu Bola-bola (open); Tribu Atub-atub (barangay)
- 1999 Tribu Bola-bola (open); Tribu Panaad (barangay)
- 1998 Tribu Bola-bola (open); Tribu Hamili (barangay)
- 1997 Tribu Bola-bola
- 1996 Tribu Bola-bola
- 1995 Tribu Binirayan
- 1994 Tribu Bola-bola
- 1993 Tribu Panaad
- 1992 Tribu Sagasa
- 1991 Tribu Sagasa
- 1990 Tribu Sagasa
- 1989 Tribu Binirayan
- 1988 Tribu Kongo
- 1987 Tribu Guimbal
- 1986 Tribu Kongo
- 1985 Tribu Kongo
- 1984 Tribu Atub-atub
- 1983 Tribu Binirayan
- 1982 Tribu Atub-atub
- 1981 Tribu Molave
- 1980 Tribu Himaya
- 1979 No Specific Winner
- 1978 Tribu Atub-atub
- 1976 Tribu Hamili
- 1975 Tribu Hamili
- 1974 Last Warriors
- 1973 Mamau Tribe
- 1972 Mamau Tribe
- 1971 Mamau Tribe Of Negros Navigation
- 1970 Madjapahit Tribe Of Compania Maritima
What’s Next After the Dinagyang?
Living up to Iloilo’s title as the festival capital of the Philippines, the fun and merrymaking in Iloilo does not stop with the Dinagyang Festival. The festivities continue during the Jaro District Fiesta (Fiesta de Nuestra Seniora de la Candelaria), Chinese New Year, and the Iloilo Paraw Regatta Festival.