Saturday, December 31, 2011

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Iloilo Dinagyang 2012 Parade Route

FINALLY, it can be told that the 2012 Iloilo Dinagyang Festival shall definitely be at the Iloilo Sports Complex, but not as the first judging area as aforesaid.

It shall be the last performance venue for the Kasadyahan Contest on Saturday, January 21, 2012 and the Ati Competition on Sunday, January 22, 2012.

The Festival Executive Board met and approved the action plan for next year’s Dinagyang which spelled out the change. The major parades shall start from the San Jose Church right after the 7:00 AM mass and the traditional walk of the Dinagyang honchos and guests to the Freedom Grandstand would signal the beginning of the street celebration.

There shall still be four judging areas. The Freedom Grandstand shall be the first performance area. Tribes shall assemble along Mapa Street extending up to Rizal and Iznart Streets in one long line. The order of parade for the contestants shall be determined by the drawing of numbers.

The second judging area shall be in front of the newly declared heritage building, the old Iloilo Provincial Capitol. There is a suggestion to shift the performance area nearer the Arroyo fountain for larger space. Stage 2 shall still be under the management of the Iloilo Province.

Stage 3 is at the junction of Hechanova and Luna streets, between the Injap-BDO building and Andok’s. This location was preferred for it is equidistant between Stages 2 and 4; the performance area is bigger than the irregular space around the Lapaz Rotonda which was the original choice; and the viewing stage closes only one street.

The finale of the competition is at the Iloilo Sports Complex (ISC). From Luna Street, the parade shall enter the left gate and pass through the grounds of the West Visayas State University (WVSU) before entering Gate 3 of the ISC. Performances are designated in front of the Grandstand in the concrete volleyball court. After the showdown, tribes are expected to exit at the ISC Gate 2. From there, the performers take the route towards Nabitasan passing in front of Westbridge and through a subdivision road. They will disperse at Jalandoni Bridge.

In-between these judging areas are the street dancing sections of the parade route. First street dance section is after the showdown at Freedom Grandstand and is from J.M. Basa corner Aldeguer Streets to Iznart corner Solis Streets. The street dancing section is further divided into two portions: first is the judging portion where the public is not allowed to get in the way of the performers; and the second portion where the public is allowed to dance at the side but not inside the tribe formation. The tribe shall be expected to continue with their street dance routine in the designated street dancing section even in the portion where spectators are allowed to mingle with them.

The second street dancing section is after Stage 2, from the front of DOT 6 Building to the end of Forbes Bridge at the Treñas Boulevard junction. Judging portion is from DOT to MIWD. The 3rd and last street dancing section is after Stage 3, from the front of WIT to the entrance of WVSU. Judging is from WIT to the Baptist Center. Signage and road markers shall be posted to indicate these sections and portions.

-Iloilo City Tourism Officer Ben Jimena

*image source: DINAGYANG FESTIVAL (Iloilo, Philippines) Facebook Page

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

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Dinagyang 2012 tickets sale 1st week January

The Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. (IDFI) set the selling of tickets for next year’s Dinagyang Festival starting first week of January 2012.

The tickets will be sold at the City Tourism Office at the Freedom Grandstand, J.M. Basa Street and City Hall’s Office of Executive Assistant Jess Sio at third floor Robinsons mall, City Proper.

The sale of tickets is on first-come first-served basis and no reservations, said Michael Ng, chair of committee on tickets of IDFI.

The tickets cost P1,200 for Right Wing and P1,000 for Right and Left Extensions of Stage 1 Freedom Grandstand – good for two-day highlights – for Kasadyahan on Saturday Jan. 21 and Dinagyang on Sunday Jan. 22.

The tickets for Stage 3 Huervana-Luna La Paz Junction (Injap Bldg-Andoks- Gaisano City intersection) cost P1,000. The area could accommodate 400-500 seats.

The tickets for Stage 4 Iloilo Sports Complex cost P300 for Right and Left Wing at the bleachers. The area could accommodate some 4,000 seats.

The tickets for Stage 2 fronting Old Capitol are under the supervision of the provincial government.

Monday, December 26, 2011

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Western Visayan fests vie for Kasadyahan title

A total of seven festival groups have confirmed their participation to the Kasadyahan celebration on January 21, a prelude to the Dinagyang Ati Tribes competition the next day.

Those who are joining from Negros Occidental are El Cinco de Noviembre of Bago City and Kansilay of Silay City; from Iloilo are Salakayan Festival of Miagao and Montogawe of Mina; Sinadya sa Halaran of Roxas City, Capiz; and Sinulog and Palayag of Guimaras province.

Kasadyahan committee chairperson, Dr. Eden Deriada, said they are still waiting for the confirmation of Antique’s Binirayan Festival, Bacolod’s Masskara Festival and Kalibo’s Ati-Atihan.

She said the celebration next year is expected to be more spectacular as fiestas and festivals from all over Western Visayas gather here to compete for Kasadyahan 2012 for the first time.

A P100,000 initial subsidy will be given by the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. to participating groups.
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Old newspapers as gowns to be showcased during 2012 Dinagyang Festival

Have you seen a stunning evening gown made of old newspapers? If not, then you are invited to see the parade of gowns, casual wears and fantasy attires made of old newspapers on January 13, 2012 during the Dinagyang Newspaper Fashion Festival.

As a special event of the week-long Dinagyang Festival, the newspaper fashion will be modeled by nine candidates in the search for Miss Iloilo Teen Dinagyang 2012. The candidates are from 11 to 15 years old and mostly students of the elementary and high schools in this southern city.

Pageant director Rowena Diaz said the newspaper fashion festival will complement the beauty and talent search with a coronation ceremony on January 16. Judging will be based on the teen candidates parade of newspaper casual wear, fantasy headdress and newspaper gown.

The candidates will undergo seven contest categories such as Dinagyang-inspired costume, newspaper gown, swimsuit/playsuit, evening gown, interview, talent and advocacy project.

Diaz said the candidates and supporters such as classmates and school officials are currently making the newspaper gowns made of old and back issues of national and local newspapers, magazines and other indigenous materials.

The teen candidate shall be active advocate of the local tourism and environmental projects of Iloilo City. Cash prizes, trophies and scholarships await the winners of major, minor and corporate awards. (PNA)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

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Sponsors Mardi Gras Parade for Dinagyang 2012 Guidelines

Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2012


The Sponsors Mardi Gras Parade is a lively and exciting street parade with rhythmic dances performed by costumed dancers, accompanied by musical bands and colorful floats. It is an organic event of the Dinagyang Festival.

It will be held on January 21, 2012 (Saturday) and will start at 2:00 P.M. from Freedom Grandstand and will end at the Provincial Capitol. A brief opening ceremony will be held to signal the start of the parade.

Participants: The following groups may participate: business corporations and companies, local government units (including barangays), tertiary schools, civic clubs and associations, civil society organizations and fraternities and sororities. The participating group must have 30 to 300 dancers, all wearing costumes or t-shirts with company logo and name.

Attire: The dancers must wear Mardi Gras costumes preferably with matching headdresses.  For this year’s parade, all participating groups are requested to use yellow and green colors, in addition to their company color/s.

Music:  Samba, reggae, salsa, world music (a combination of ethnic and modern music) or any of their variants performed by a marching band or by tape recorded music played back on a good quality audio system.  The audio system must be installed in the float or in the service vehicle if the participating group has no float.

Float: The float must be a motorized vehicle bedecked with flowers, balloons and ribbons prominently displaying the company name and logo together with the name: “Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2012”. It will also display this year’s theme: “Beyond Awards, A Culture of Excellence.” The group may have muses, consorts and company mascots.

Prohibition: The following are strictly prohibited: drum and bugle corps, military/fatique uniforms, motorcycles (except for the parade marshals), horses, indecent attires/images and political advertisements/campaign materials. The Dinagyang Committee reserves the right to forcibly remove a participating group at any stage of the parade if this condition is violated. Any motorized vehicle, other than the float and the service vehicle, that will accompany the participating group will be treated as additional float and will be charged accordingly.

  1. Best Float
  2. Best Music
  3. Best Costume
  4. Best Street Dance
  5. Crowds’ Favorite
The winner will receive the official Dinagyang Trophy plus a Certificate which will be given during the awarding ceremonies.  Each group must send a representative during the awarding ceremony in the evening of January 22, 2012.

Parade Routes: Assembly area is from Mapa Street fronting the Freedom Grandstand up to Rizal Street (in front of the University of Iloilo).  The parade routes will be as follows:  Freedom Grandstand, J.M. Basa Street, Iznart Street and Provincial Capitol.  All groups must exit at Gen. Luna Street or Bonifacio Drive.

Participating groups may perform in front of the stage provided the same should not exceed three (minutes).  An automatic deduction of 10 points will be made from the total point score in excess of three minutes. The group should continue doing the routine steps all throughout the parade route in order not to interrupt flow of participations.

Judges will be stationed in the 2 stages and also along the routes that will be passed by the parade.

Company products, brochures and pamphlets may be distributed along the parade route provided the same will not result to commotion or disturbance or cause any physical harm to the public.  Expired products and harmful materials should not be distributed.

Sequence of Parade: Contestants – drummers - float (if there is one) – 1 service vehicle.
The order of the parade will be based on a first come, first served basis; that is, based on the date and time of payment.  Each group is required to carry a placard showing its pre-assigned number and the name of the company which must be carried in front of the group 

Requirements for Participation
  1. Payment of registration fee:
  2. Corporate Sponsorship (with float): P15,000.00
  3. Small Business Sponsorship (with float): P5,000.00
  4. Small Business Sponsorship (without float): P3,000.00
  5. Additional charge of P50/participant in excess of 50 participants (including drummers and instrumentalists)
  6. Additional vehicle: P3,000.00 per vehicle, regardless of type
  7. SEC registration or Business Name Registration from DTI or any public document or endorsement letter from the local chief executive (in case of LGUs)
Conditions for Participation
  1. Aside from the foregoing, the participating group must carry the Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2012 logo, and
  2. Performers shall be required to wear mardi gras costume or uniform apparel with hand props and head dress, preferably a combination of yellow and green.  Risers are not allowed.
  3. Each participating group shall be allowed to carry one (1) horizontal parade streamer with a maximum size of 1m x 6 m indicating its registered name.  Additional drop banners may be allowed up to a maximum of five (5) for Corporate Sponsorship and two (2) for the others.  Drop banner shall not exceed 3 feet x 5 feet.   No streamer or banner will be allowed to be carried by the registered entity other than their own.
  4. The group shall be required to show Official Receipt (OR) as proof of registration during checking at the assembly area before the start of parade.
  5. Deadline for registration is 5 PM, January 13, 2012.
  6. Sponsors Mardi Gras Committee shall keep a registry or record of registrants containing Control Number (Order of Registration/Parade is indicated on the OR), OR#, date of payment, amount paid, no. of streamers. The committee will provide secretariat or stage preparation & parade control committee (SPPC) one copy each of registry for inspection purposes.
  7. PG representative/s shall attend special meetings called by Sponsors Mardi Gras Committee for orientation on the assembly time & place, order of parade (based on the Registry) and other instructions/updates.
  8. PG shall come to the assembly area on time for the last minute instructions by the Sponsors Mardi Gras Committee and SPPC.
  9. PG shall strictly follow the assigned assembly place and time and police their own ranks to ensure safety and security of the group.
There will be a briefing for all the participating groups on January 14, 2012 (Saturday) at 2:00 PM, Lee Chuan Conference Hall, Freedom Grandstand, Iloilo City. 




Company/Group Name:

Mailing Address:

Number of Participants:

Submitted by:

Name of Company or Organization

Name and Signature of Official Representative

Date of Submission: _________________________


Atty. Raul S. Anlocotan
Chairman, Sponsors Mardi Gras Parade
Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2012

Group Number:

Contact person:


Business phone: 

Cellular phone number: 

E-mail address: 


Company/Group Name:

Mailing Address:

Number of Participants:

Submitted by:

Name of Company or Organization

Name and Signature of Official Representative

Date of Submission: ______________________


Atty. Raul S. Anlocotan
Chairman, Sponsors Mardi Gras Parade
Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2012

Group Number:

Contact person:


Business phone: 

Cellular phone number: 

E-mail address:

Friday, December 23, 2011

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Ilonggo short films tilt is on

Good news to aspiring Ilonggo film makers!

An Ilonggo Short Film Competition will be showcased in the 2nd Iloilo International Film Festival of Sineng Pambansa 2012 on Jan. 20 as one of the special events of Dinagyang Festival.

The contest is divided into two divisions – Academic and Municipal – with entries highlighting the theme “Ang Ilonggo.”

The director should be at least 16 years old and must have not joined any major film competition.

The contestant should be from Iloilo city or province. For non-Ilonggos, participants must have at least one (1) year of residency here.

Any digital camera may be used (including cell phone).

The video should be 3-10 minutes long (including OBB/CBB).

The use of copyrighted music is prohibited, unless allowed by the owner of the material.

Nudity, foul language, slur on religious belief, or any other form of offensive content shall likewise be prohibited.

Film may be in native tongue or dialect but must have readable English subtitles.

All entries should be submitted in DVD format.

Deadline for submission of entries and stints will be on Jan. 12, 2012.

Entries should be submitted to Atty. Dan Cartagena, FDCP local coordinator at Cartagena & Associates, Jamerlan Building, Iznart Street, Iloilo City. For queries, please contact 09394519045 and 09179898661.

The announcement of the finalists will be on Jan. 18, 2012.

All finalists will be competing in the film fest on Jan. 20, 2012 at SM City Cinema.

The jury will be composed of filmmakers and Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP).

The awards night will be on Jan. 21, 2012.

Cash Prizes for each division are as follows: Best Film – P35,000, 1st Runner-up – P20,000, and 2nd Runner-up – P10,000.


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

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P1.5M awaits winners of Dinagyang Festival events

Organizers of the 2012 Iloilo Dinagyang Festival has initially allotted some P1.5 million for prizes of major events and competitions lined up to add color to the celebration.

Former tourism regional director Edwin Trompeta who now chairs the Prizes/Trophies/Awards committee on Tuesday said that the prizes are still subject to change as he underscored the “big possibility that it will be increased.”

“Money is a limiting factor. This is still tentative until we get the final amount,” he said when asked as to why prizes are almost the same with those given during the 2011 celebration.

Of the said amount, the Ati-Ati competition has the biggest share at P510,000 and the Kasadyahan with P390,000 to be divided among the major and minor awards and consolation prizes.

Further, the Luces in the Sky was allotted P250,000; P190 for the Tambor, Trumpa, Martsa, Musika; Dressing Up Dagoy, P18,500; Dinagyang Ati Warrior, P57,600 and Ms Teen Dinagyang, P85,000.

Trompeta said that the in addition to cash prizes winners will also receive trophies. He added that they are still accepting suggestions on what design to be used for the trophies. (PNA)

Selling of Dinagyang kiosks start first week of January

The Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. (IDFI) will start selling kiosks for the Dinagyang Festival 2012 first week of January.

Nomar Chavez, in-charge of the kiosk sales and management said that more or less 500 kiosks will be mounted in five areas namely Valeria, Solis, Fermin Caram and Iznart streets and in front of SM Delgado.

Kiosks will be rented at P1,100 each for two days, he said.

Reservation is not allowed and the foundation will give priority to establishments whose front portion will be covered by the area identified for kiosks.

On the other hand, they may also allow small vendors to put up their own kiosks free of charge out of goodwill, according to City Tourism Officer Benito Jimena which they also did during the 2011 Dinagyang Festival.

Last year, the foundation was able to generate some P220,000 out of the kiosks rental. (PNA)
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Beauty queens to select Ms. Dinagyang 2012

FILIPINA international and national beauty queens are coming over to Iloilo City to judge the 10 candidates of Ms. Dinagyang 2012 during the coronation pageant on January 18, 2012 at the CPU gymnasium.

Alex Soncio, Ms. Dinagyang 2012 committee chair, said former Miss Universe Gloria Diaz, international beauty contest runners-up Evangeline Pascual and Ma. Isabel Lopez along with two ABS-CBN executives will judge the pageant.

Miss Universe runners-up Venus Raj and Shamcey Supsup are also expected to attend the event.

The Ms. Dinagyang 2012 candidates are: Liwayway Bernardo, Rosario Jabagat, Shane Ann Ballejo, Claudine Marie Salmingo, Eiseley Kyle Pragados, Angeli Orada, Arna Pescadera, Charmaine Grace Deatras, Janine Jacar, and Karla Dawn Yaneza. (Lydia C. Pendon)

*source: | image source: Iloilo City Government FB Page
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Dinagyang Festival 2012 Schedule

Iloilo City is set to host the grandest Dinagyang Festival next year as Ilonggos anticipate a more colorful, exciting and extravagant celebration.

With this years theme "Beyond Awards, A Culture of Excellence," Dinagyang 2012 will be most significant, coinciding with the city’s Diamond Jubilee Year or 75th Charter Anniversary.

Iloilo Dinagyang Festival falls on the 4th Sunday of January, and this 2012 the schedule will be:

Pamukaw (Awakening of the City) – December 16, 2011
Opening Salvo (Official Festival Kick-Off) – January 13, 2012
Dinagyang Fluvial Procession – January 20,2012
Highlights (Ati / Streetdance Competition) – January 21 & 22, 2012

November 11, 2011
5:00 PM
Grand Launching Dinagyang 2012
SM City Iloilo
December 3, 2011, Saturday
5:00 PM
Dinagyang Kapamilya Dance Showdown Elimination
SM City Iloilo: Event Center
December 9, 2011, Friday
3:00 PM
Miss Dinagyang Launch
SM City Iloilo: Event Center
December 16, 2011, Friday
3:00 PM
Dinagyang PAMUKAW
Bonifacio Drive to Freedom Grandstand
December 23, 2011, Friday
3:00 PM
Miss Dinagyang  pre-pageant competition “Fantasy Make-up” 
Robinsons Place Iloilo
January 13, 2012, Friday
2:00 PM
Mass for Opening Salvo of Tribe Dancers
San Jose Parish Church

Dinagyang Newspaper Fashion Festival

3:00 PM
Judging Area
January 18, 2012, Wednesday
6:00 PM
Miss Dinagyang Coronation Ceremony
Central Philippine University Gym
 January 18-22, 2012
2nd Iloilo International Film Festival
 January 20, 2012, Friday
8:00 AM
Tambor, Trompa, Martsa, Musika.
Freedom Grandstand
3:00 PM
Fluvial Procession
January 21, 2012, Saturday
7:00:00 AM
Mass for Kasadyahan
8:00 A.M.
2012 KASADYAHAN Competition
1) Freedom Grandstand;

2) Provincial Capitol; 

3) Huervana-Luna      Street LaPaz;

4) Iloilo Sports Complex 
5:30 PM
Religious Sad-sad to Sr. Sto. Niño
San Jose Parish Church
January 22, 2012, Sunday
6:30 a.m
Concelebrated high mass for devotees, Tribes, Gov't. Officials.
Iloilo Sports Complex
8:00 A.M.
2012 Dinagyang Ati-ati Competition
1) Freedom Grandstand;

2) Provincial Capitol; 

3) Huervana-Luna  Street LaPaz;

4) Iloilo Sports Complex 
7:00 P.M.
Awarding Ceremonies

Dinagyang 2012 will have major changes in Judging Areas next year:
Judging Area #1 Freedom Grandstand - FIRST JUDGING AREA
Judging Area #2 Front of Iloilo Provincial Capitol
Judging Area #3 La Paz Rotunda
Judging Area #4 Iloilo Sports Complex – FINAL JUDGING AREA

*An earlier version of this article stated that the first judging area is at the Iloilo Sports Complex. A resolution passed by the Dinagyang Festival Executive Board this month changed the arrangements. Another staging area, in front of St. Clement’s in La Paz is moved to La Paz Rotunda.