The Iloilo Dinagyang Festival is a showcase of the rich heritage, colorful history, passionate devotion, and fun-loving spirit of the Ilonggo people. The festival traces its roots as a thanksgiving celebration in honor of Senyor Santo Niño, the child Jesus. Today, it has grown to be one of the Philippines’ most spectacular religious and cultural festivals.

Schedule of Events

Festival Highlights

The festival highlights are scheduled on the fourth weekend of January in addition to many exciting activities happening all throughout the month. The religious highlights include the fluvial procession along the Iloilo River and the Dinagyang Ati cultural parade and competition.

Fluvial Procession (Friday)

Kasadyahan Cultural Parade (Saturday)

Dinagyang Ati Competition (Sunday)

Street Dance Parade Route

The parade route of the Dinagyang Festival passes through the main streets of the Iloilo City Proper. Certain sections of the parade route are designated as performance stages where spectators can watch the choreographed street dance of competing tribes. There are five performance stages, namely: (1) Freedom Grandstand, (2) Iloilo Provincial Capitol, (3) Delgado-Mabini Streets, (4) Quezon-Ledesma Streets., and (5) Iznart Street. 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 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

Most, if not all, of the hotels within Iloilo City are likely to be fully booked weeks before the Dinagyang Festival. For inquiries, contact the hotel directly. See our list of Hotels in Iloilo.

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 that are near the performance areas: City Corporate Inn, Harbor Town Hotel, Amigo Terrace Hotel, Iloilo Midtown Hotel, Days Hotel, Grand Tower Suites, Century21 Hotel, Ong Bun Pension House, One Loudres Dormitel, People’s Hotel, EON Plaza Centennial Hotel, Fine Rock Hotel, Iloilo Grand Hotel, Circle Inn Iloilo

Other hotels within or near Iloilo downtown area:  Hotel del Rio, Sarabia Manor Hotel, Highway21, Villa Sagrado, Riverside Inn, Arthur Suites.

Smallville / Diversion Road

The hotels in Smallville or Diversion Road are convenient choices for those who would like to stay near the parties in Smallville Complex and SM City Iloilo or at a convenient location where vehicles are allowed entry. Be advised that this area is noisy at night and experiences standstill traffic during the fireworks competition (friday and saturday night).

Hotels in Smallville / Diversion Road: Westown Hotel, Smallville21 Hotel, Iloilo Business Hotel.

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Dinagyang Tickets

Ticket rates for the Dinagyang Ati performance stages:

  • Stage 1
    • Extension –  P1,200
  • Stage 2
    • Reserved for guests of the Iloilo Provincial Government
  • Stage 3
    • Main stage – P1,000
    • Extension – P800
  • Stage 4
    • Main stage – P1,200
    • Extension – P1,000
  • Stage 5
    • P1,200

Limited number of tickets are available depending on the capacity of the performance stages. Online booking or advanced reservations are not available. Tickets should be purchased at the office of the Iloilo Dinagyang Festival, Inc (IDFI). Contact details are provided at the bottom of this post.

Photographer’s Guide

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.

Dinagyang Winners

Dinagyang Ati Grand Champions

  • 2014: Tribu Panayanon
  • 2013: Tribu Panyanon
  • 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)
  • 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

Kasadyahan Grand Champions

  • 2014: PintaFlores of San Carlos City, Negros Occidental
  • 2013: Tribu Salakayan from Miagao, Iloilo
  • 2012: Tribu Salakayan from Miagao, Iloilo
  • 2011: Tribu Pantat from Zarraga, Iloilo

“Hala Bira, Iloilo!” Official Theme Song

Video

Festival Photos

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Dinagyang 2011 - Fluvial Parade and Foot Procession (41)

Fluvial Parade

Dinagyang 2011 - Ati Competition - Tribu Pan-ay(1025)

Dinagyang Ati (41)

Dinagyang 2011 - Ati Competition - Tribu Paghidaet (712)

Dinagyang Ati (16)

Dinagyang 2011 - Ati Competition - Tribu Bola-Bola (319)

Dinagyang 2011 - Ati Competition - Tribu Atub-Atub (502)

Dinagyang 2011 - Ati Competition - Tribu Paghidaet (646)

Dinagyang 2011 - Ati Competition - Tribu Pan-ay(1066)

Kasadyahan (8)

Dinagyang 2011 - Ati Competition - Tribu Pan-ay Street Dance (1265)

Dinagyang 2011 - Ati Competition - Tribu Pag-asa (42)

Dinagyang 2011 - Ati Competition - Tribu Paghidaet (670)

Dinagyang 2011 - Ati Competition - Tribu Salognon (901)

Dinagyang 2011 - Ati Competition - Tribu Bola-Bola (323)

Dinagyang 2011 - Ati Competition - Tribu Pan-ay(1157)

Dinagyang 2011 - Ati Competition - Tribu Paghidaet (629)

Dinagyang 2011 - Ati Competition - Tribu Paghidaet (689)

Dinagyang Ati (27)

Dinagyang 2011 - Ati Competition - Tribu Pan-ay(1226)

Dinagyang 2011 - Ati Competition - Tribu Pan-ay Street Dance (1247)

Kasadyahan (7)

Kasadyahan (17)

Luces in the Sky (13)

Luces in the Sky (6)

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.

Contact Details

City Tourism and Development Office (CTDO)

  • Address: Dinagyang Lounge (Freedom Grandstand), JM Basa St., Iloilo City, Philippines
  • Landline: (+63)(33) 336 3439
  • Contact: [email protected]
  • Website: http://dinagyangsailoilo.com/