Dinagyang Festival

The Iloilo Dinagyang Festival is the best tourism event of the Philippines. It's most spectacular religious and cultural festival which showcases 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 NiƱo and also to celebrate the arrival on Panay of the Malay settlers and the subsequent selling of the island to them by the Atis.

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 has brought a lot of innovations throughout the years. These innovations has influenced the way other festivals in the country is run. Among these are the following:
  • Carousel Performance - Dinagyang initiated the simultaneous performance of the competing tribes in different judging areas.
  • Mobile Risers - Mobile risers is prominent feature of Dinagyang choreography today. It was introduced by Tribu Bola-bola in 1994. The risers has added depth and has improved the choreography of the dance movements.
  • Dinagyang Pipes - First used by Tribu Ilonganon in 2005, the Dinagyang pipes is made of PVC pipes and is hammered by rubber paddles. Each pipe produces a distinct sound depending on the length and diameter of each pipe.
  • Dagoy - The first festival mascot in the Philippines.

Why Iloilo Dinagyang Festival is the best?

Here are the awards and citation that will prove it.

  • Best Tourism Event of the Philippines, 2006 - Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP)
  • Best Tourism Event of the Philippines, 2007 - Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP)
  • Best Tourism Event of the Philippines, 2008 - Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP)
  • 1st ATOP Hall of Fame Best Tourism Event Awardee, 2009 - Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP)
  • Best Practices of the City Government, 2009 - Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA)
  • Best Executing Strategy, October 2009 - Palladium Asia Pacific Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Palladium Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame - Palladium Asia Pacific Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Best Practice in the Promotion of the Localization of the Millennium Development Goals, 2007- United Nations Development Programme, CityNet Conference in Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Best Practice in Public and Private Cooperation - Asian Development Bank
  • Festival with Excellent Folk Choreography, National Commission for the Culture and the Arts
  • 2nd Place, Aliwan Festival, 2003
  • Grand Champion, Aliwan Festival, 2004
  • 3rd Place, Aliwan Festival, 2005
  • 2nd Place, Aliwan Festival, 2006
  • 2nd Place, Aliwan Festival, 2007
  • 2nd Place, Aliwan Festival, 2008
  • 3rd Place, Aliwan Festival, 2009
  • Grand Champion, Aliwan Festival 2010
  • Grand Champion, Aliwan Festival, 2011
  • Grand Champion, Aliwan Festival, 2012
  • Grand Champion, Aliwan Festival, 2013
  • Resolution No. 120 “Commending Iloilo City for Emerging as the Festival Grand Champion at the 2011 Aliwan Fiesta Street Dancing Competition”. June 1, 2011 - Philippine House of Representatives
  • Best Attraction Event of the Homeland to America - Philippine Independence Day Celebration in New York June 5, 2011
  • Queen Festival of the Philippines, 2011 - Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP)

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