Dinagyang Opening Salvo Today

Dinagyang Opening Salvo Today

By: Wenceslao E. Mateo Jr., The Daily Guardian

THE public will have a good preview today, Jan. 8, 2016, of the Iloilo Dinagyang Ati-atihan contest on Jan. 24.

The 10 competing tribes will take to the streets to show off their costumes and part of their final performances on competition day.

The tribes are expected to perform their best with prizes at stake for Best in Performance, Best in Costume, Best in Discipline and Overall performance.

The parade of tribes starts 3 p.m. in a carousel format with the 10 tribes divided into the five performance areas.

Tribu Ilonganon and Tribu Salognon will start off from Freedom Grandstand area; Tribu Dagatnon and Paghidaet at Ma. Clara; Tribu Baybayanon and Tribu Panayanon at Quezon-Ledesma; Tribu Pan-ay and Tribu Buntagala at Mabini-Delgado; and Tribu Atub-atub and Tribu Obrero at the Iloilo Capitol area.

After completing the parade, the tribes will then converge at the Freedom Grandstand for the launching ceremonies.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and Congressman Jerry Treñas will deliver their messages and officially open the festival.

Expect heavy traffic in the fringes of City Proper districts as streets leading to the downtown area will be closed starting 1 p.m.


Dinagyang Food Aid Feeds 6,245 Kids

Dinagyang Food Aid Feeds 6,245 Kids
ILOILO CITY – Some 6,245 children will be benefited from Food Aid Program implemented by the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. (IDFI) and Philippine Red Cross Iloilo Chapter starting Jan. 7.
The first set of beneficiaries from Feliciana Java Kelly Elementary School and Navais-Borres Elementary School were fed with miswa soup, bread and milk, according to PRC Iloilo Administrator Gilbert Paul Valderrama.
The next feeding activity will be at Iloilo River Plains Integrated School and TCT-Ana Ros Foundation Elementary School on Jan. 12; Uswag San Isidro Elementary School and Judith Lazarriaga Tiongco Elementary School on Jan. 14; and Severo Abeto Elementary School and A. Mirasol Elementary School onJan. 19.
Meanwhile, a total of 1,000 recipients will be catered during the Dinagyang Medical Mission at Calumpang including the fire victims at Baluarte and Calaparan on Jan. 9 and La Paz Gym on Jan. 16. (JVFernandez/Iloilo City PIO)



As of January 8, 2016


21 – 4PM Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2016 Grand Launching – SM City Iloilo

28 – 4PM Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2016 Fancy Make-up – Robinson’s Place Iloilo


05 – 9AM Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2016 Antique Presentation & Fashion – Robinson’s Place Iloilo

10 – 4PM Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2016 Pre-Pageant Casual Wear – Robinson’s Place Iloilo

11 3PM PAMUKAW – Bonifacio Drive to Iloilo Freedom Grandstand

21 – 4PM Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2016 Talent Competition – Robinson’s Place Iloilo


03 – 4PM Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2016 Fashion Show – SM City Iloilo – New Wing

08 – 2PM Opening Salvo Mass with the different Tribe Dancers – San Jose Parish Church

08 – 3PM OPENING SALVO – City Parade Route 

09 – 4PM Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2016 Pre-Pageant Festival Costume – SM City Iloilo – New Wing

09 – 4PM Mr. Iloilo Dinagynag  and Ms. Iloilo Dinagyang – Robinson’s Place Iloilo (Housefit Gym Center)

15 – 4PM Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2016 Pre-Pageant: Parade of Beauties & Swimwear – Iloilo Business Park & Esplanade

16 – 4PM Sto. Niño Festival Queen – SM City Iloilo Event Center

17 – Iloilo Dinagyang 21K Half Marathon – SM City Iloilo

18 – 6:30 AM Arrival of the Pilgrim Image of Señor Sto. Niño from Cebu City to Iloilo Airport Terminal Motorcade passing by Cabatuan, Sta. Barbara, Pavia, and Jaro Cathedral – San Jose Parish Church

18 – 1:30 PM Arrival at the Cathedral (Mass and Public Veneration) – San Jose Parish Church

18 – 5:30 PM  Opening of Iloilo Travel Mart – SM City Iloilo

19 – 4PM Iloilo Arts Festival: Folk Dance, Binalabay, Latin Dance Sports – SM City Iloilo Carpark

19 – 4PM Little Ms. 2GO Dinagyang Grand Coronation Robinson’s Place Iloilo

20 – 7PM Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2016 Coronation Night – San Agustin Gym

20 – 23 Iloilo Dinagyang 4×4 Challenge

21 – 5PM Onwards Dinagyang IHRAA FOOD FESTIVAL – Delgado Street

21 – PM LUCES IN THE SKY Day 1– SM City Parking Lot


  • 8AM TAMBOR TRUMPA MARTSA MUSIKA – Bonifacio Drive to Freedom Grandstand
  • 3PM SALVO OF A THOUSAND DRUMS – Arroyo Fountain Area
  • 3PM FLUVIAL PROCESSION – Fort San Pedro to disembark in Iloilo Customs House to San Jose Parish Church.
  • 7 PM LUCES IN THE SKY Day 2– Venue TBA

Jan 22-23 – Iloilo Dinagyang Badminton Tournament – Citisports
Jan 22-23 – 9th Iloilo Dinagyang National Age-Group Swimfest – Iloilo Sports Complex
Jan 22-23 – Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog Dinagyang Auto Show Competition 3 – Atria Park District

Jan 22-24 – Dinagyang Bastonero/Arnis Tournament – Iloilo Sports Complex


  • 7AM Mass for Kasadyahan Contestants – San Jose Paris Church
  • 2PM Sponsors Mardi Gras – Parade from Freedom Grandstand
  • 7PM RELIGIOUS SADSAD – San Jose Parish Church


  • 6AM Concelebrated High Mass – San Jose Paris Church
  • 8AM 2016 ILOILO DINAGYANG ATI CONTEST – City Parade Route
  • 7 PM AWARDING CEREMONY – Freedom Grandstand

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Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2015 Winners

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Major Awards

Champion – Tribu Panayanon of Iloilo City National High School
1st runner-up – Tribu Paghidaet of La Paz National High School
2nd runner-up – Tribu Ilonganon of Jalandoni National High School
3rd runner-up – Tribu Salognon of Jaro National High School
4th runner-up – Tribu Ilawodnon of Fort San Pedro National High School
Minor Awards

Opening Salvo Best in Costume – Tribu Salognon
Opening Salvo Best in Music – Tribu Salognon
Best Choreographer – Tribu Panayanon
Best in Costume Designer – Tribu Paghidaet
Best Headdress – Tribu Panayanon
Best Musical Director – Tribu Ilonganon
Best in Discipline – Tribu Paghidaet
Best Music – Tribu Ilonganon
Best in Costume – Tribu Paghidaet
Best in Street Dancing – Tribu Salognon
Best Choreography – Tribu Panayanon
Best Performance – Tribu Panayanon
Kasadyahan Regional Festival Competition
Major Awards

Champion – Tatusan Festival of Caluya, Antique
1st runner-up – Pantat Festival of Zarraga, Iloilo
2nd runner-up – Kaing Festival of Leon, Iloilo
3rd runner-up – Pintaflores Festival of San Carlos, Negros Occidental
4th runner-up – Salakayan Festival of Miagao, Iloilo
Minor Awards

Best in Costume – Pintaflores Festival of San Carlos City
Best in Music – Kaing Festival of Leon, Iloilo
Best Musical Director – Kaing Festival of Leon, Iloilo
Best in Street Dance – Kaing Festival of Leon, Iloilo
Best in Choreography – Tatusan Festival of Caluya, Antique
Best Choreographer – Tatusan Festival of Caluya, Antique
Best Performance – Tatusan Festival of Caluya, Antique
Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2015

Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2015 – Ariane Gabriella
1st runner-up – Vyel Marie Brodit
2nd runner-up – Zairah Marie Agsaluna
Tambor Trumpa Martsa Musika Elementary
3rd Place – Sambag Elementary School
2nd Place – Alimodian Elementary School
1st Place – Dingle Central Elementary School
Tambor Trumpa Martsa Musika High School
3rd Place – Iloilo National High School
2nd Place – Ramon Avancena National High School
1st Place – Dingle National High School
Sponsors Mardi Gras
GRAND WINNER – St. Therese Colleges
Best Float – M.Lhuillier
Festival Music – University of San Agustin
Costume – St. Therese Colleges
Choreography – Jollibee

Medical student crowned Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2015

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A 22-year-old medical student from Iloilo Doctor’s College, Ariane Gabriela, was crowned Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2015 Wednesday night, January 21.

Gabriela bested nine other candidates during the coronation night at the University of San Agustin (USA) Gymnasium, Iloilo City.

She also bagged several minor and major awards such as Best in Interview, Best in Talent and Ms. Rebisco.

Named 1st runner-up was Vyel Marie Brodit 20, economics student of the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV).

Meanwhile, Zairah Marie Agsaluna was adjudged 2nd runner-up and won Best in Evening Gown, Best in Swim Wear, Best in Festival Costume, Ms. Sophie Paris and Ms. YSA Skin Care and Body Expert.

Miss Universe 2010 fourth runner-up Venus Raj was one of the hosts.

Rigor Gorospe – Champion, Male Model of the World, WCOPA; Sam Ajdani – Mister World Philippines 2015; PO2 Mariano Flormata Jr. a.k.a Neil Perez – Mister Philippines International 2014; and Bea Rose Santiago – Miss International 2013 were among the judges. IMT
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Ten Western Visayas major festivals will showcase their wares in the Kasadyahan Regional Cultural Competition 2015 on Jan. 24.
Local Government Units, schools and other institutions/organizations will bring in the best festivals in their own locality.
The tribe/contingent is composed of minimum of 50 and maximum of 70 dancers/performers; minimum of 20 costumed props men; and maximum of 30 instrumentalists.
The dance presentation depicts a festival of a locality or local culture, customs and traditions of the region. It also features environmental awareness/protection and cultural practices.
Dance movements and costumes suit the concept to the tune of live or taped/recorded music.
Each competing group carries the “theme” of its local festival clearly shown and expressed in the storyline.



Drum and Bugle/Lyre (Glockenspiel) Contests on January 23, 2015 from 800 A.M. – 1200 Noon. Assembly area is at the Provincial Capitol from 7:00 A.M. going to Freedom Grandstand in parade formation. Contest shall be performed at Freedom Grandstand.

1. The contest is open to all public and private elementary and secondary schools in the City of Iloilo. Schools outside the Division of Iloilo City are invited to join on a First Come, First Serve basis.

2. Membership should not be more than one hundred (100) bonafide pupils/students duly certified by the school head, Drum and Lyre is the competition for elementary level while Drum, Lyre and Bugle for secondary level.

3. Musical instruments that are allowed to be used shall be limited to any form of drums and mallet. Cowbell, cymbals can be used by the group. Mallet instruments should be carried either vertically or horizontally and only the carrier of each respective instrument should play such instruments. Recorders may be used by Elementary groups.

4. Drums should not be suspended or propelled on any form of wheel carriage, sled, etc. other than the customary way.

5. Sticks, beaters or mallets should be used. Only one (1) instrument can be used or played by the participant.

6. Singing, chanting, talking or shouting either in unison or individually while in competition is not permitted except for the drum major or leader issuing orders or instructions to the unit.

7. All members of the corps should do the drill or formation and not the majorettes alone.

8. Contestants are required to perform two (2) pieces, an Ilonggo Folksong which should be the first to be performed, and a free choice medley composition.

9. Performance time is ten (10) minutes for every participant including entrance and exit. Five (5) points will be deducted from the total points for every minute in overtime performance.

10. The ranking system should be used in determining the winner and the decision of the Board of Judges is final and irrevocable.

11. The following are the criteria to be used in judging the drum and lyre (glockenspiel), bugle contest.

A. Drill Formation ———————— 40%

Variety of formation and alignment —- 20%
Precision and execution of movement -10%
Cadence and Discipline ——————10%

B. Music ——————————————— 60%
Tone/Pitch/Balance and Dynamics ————–30%
Orchestration (Rhythm, Tempo & Ensemble) – 30%
TOTAL ——————————————-100%



At least 17 fiestas from all over the country have confirmed their participation in First Philippine Festival Costume Expo as a special event of 2015 Iloilo Dinagyang Festival on Jan. 22-25.
These festivals are Ammungan of Nueva Vizcaya, Ati-Atihan of Kalibo, Sinulog of

Cebu, Singkaban Desposorio of Bulacan, Higantes Festival of Angono, Padang-Padang of ARMM, T’nalak of South Cotabato, Kalilangan of General Santos City, Halad Festival of Midsayap, Kalivungan of Cotabato Province, Daragang Magayon of Albay, Lumban of Laguna Province, Buglasan of Dumaguete, Buyogan Festival of Abuyog in Leyte, Bagnet of Narvacan in Ilocos Sur, and Sakuting of Dolores Town in Abra.

A new event added to the celebration, the expo brings in a showcase of costumes of major festivals in the country.
Aside from the costume exhibit at Provincial Capitol Fountain area at ground floor, the parade of festival costumes each worn by a pair of models is an added attraction for the Ati competition on Sunday morning.
This is a joint endeavor of Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation. Inc (IDFI) and City Tourism & Development Office (CTDO) in cooperation with Department of Tourism Region VI (DOT 6), Iloilo Tourism Officers Association (ITOA) & GMA TV Network.



The Sponsors Mardigras 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 Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2015. It will be held on January 24, 2015 (Saturday) and will start at 2:00 P.M. from Freedom Grandstand. A brief opening ceremony will be held to signal the start of the parade.

The parade will feature the colorful costumes and floats of business corporations and companies, local government units (including barangays), tertiary schools, civic clubs and associations, civil society organizations and fraternities and sororities.

Each group wearing festive costumes or t-shirts with company logo and name, and accompanied by 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.

This year’s parade will showcase colorful floats bedecked with flowers, balloons and ribbons prominently displaying the company name and logo together with the name: “Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2015”. It will also display this year’s theme: “Sum it up to the top.”
The following awards await the winners of the competition:
1. Best Float
2. Best Festival Music
3. Best Costume
4. Best Choreography
5. Grand Winner – the group with the highest average score in the four categories

The winners will receive the official Dinagyang Trophy which will be given during the awarding ceremonies on January 25, 2015.
Assembly area is from Mapa Street fronting the Freedom Grandstand, Rizal Street all the way to Plaza Libertad area.
The parade routes will be as follows: Freedom Grandstand => J.M. Basa Street => Iznart Street => Provincial Capitol.
All groups must exit at General Luna Street or Bonifacio Drive, whichever is convenient to the group.
Participating groups may perform in front of the Freedom Grandstand or at the Provincial Capitol judging area provided the same should not exceed three (3) minutes.

An automatic deduction of 10 points will be made from the total point score in excess of three (3) minutes.
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.
Registration is now ongoing. Registration forms may be secured from the City Tourism Office, City Hall, Iloilo City or can be accessed through the website www.dinagyangsailoilo.com.

2015 Dinagyang Festival to have new features

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ILOILO CITY, Nov. 7(PIA)—The Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2015 will have more dances, less props, a showcase beyond the usual, according to the organizers.

Iloilo Tourism Officer Ben Jimena said his office and the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation aims a nationwide reach with more performances for the At-Ati competition, rather than too much noise and voluminous props.
“We will reduce the pros, introduce the pairing up of tribes with young students in colourful costumes to create impressive appearance,” Jimena said.

On the other hand, Kasadyahan will become a national cultural festival with all the other regional festivals joining.

“Some 30 festivals are expected to join their festival costumes to be worn by Ilongga models and paraded down the streets,” Jimena said.

The event is a four-day National Festival Costumes Expo, where two venues are identified for the exhibits, namely, The Calle Real whose renovated is expected to be completed before the year ends and the Iloilo Business Part at the Megaworld.

Meanwhile, Ati-Ati tribes and the Kasadyahan tribes are starting to assemble their groups and doing initial rehearsals.
(JCM/ESS/PIA-Iloilo) – See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/911415344747/2015-dinagyang-festival-to-have-new-features#sthash.B1Pmhs7Z.dpuf

1st Costume expo up for Dinagyang 2015


ILOILO CITY, December 26 (PIA) —  The 1st Philippine Festival Costume Expo will be a new attraction for the multi-awarded Dinagyang Festival in 2015.

In a media release, Department of Tourism (DOT)-6 Regional Director Helen Catalbas said the Dinagyang Festival should not rest on its laurel but should continue introducing new features every year to attract more visitors.

“We welcome this component of Dinagyang 2015 because more festival visitors mean more visitors going to other places of interest in Iloilo City and province as well as other places in Western Visayas located outside Iloilo”, she said.

Major festivals of the country are invited to join the 1st Philippine Festival Costume Expo slated on January 22 to 25, 2015, and showcase their important cultural facets – the costumes and accessories that represent the colors and character of their festival.

The activity will highlight the cultural significance of fashion and fabric that define people’s attire and the history of the place through the clothes worn by locals.

The festival costume expo also aims to emphasize the important role of artisans dedicated to costume designing in the making of the festival, among others.

The event will include an exhibition and parade of festival costumes and accessories.

The 1st Philippine Festival Costume Expo is spearheaded by the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation, Inc. and the City Tourism and Development Office, in partnership with DOT-6, Iloilo Tourism Officers Association (ITOA) and Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP). (JCM/LTP/DOT/PIA-Iloilo)

– See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2421419323182/1st-costume-expo-up-for-dinagyang-2015#sthash.qDBUuZrG.dpuf