The Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2009 “On Higher Ground”

Written on December 28, 2008 – 2:45 am | by Etravel |

The much awaited festival of Iloilo, The Dinagyang Festival 2009, is on the move and was kick-off last December 1, 2008. The executive committee of the Dinagyang Festival is prepparing for this festival to fulfill its objective giving another best festival for tourist and local visitors. The local government of Ilolo together with the Executive Committee of the Dinagyang Festival 2009 and the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Incorporated (IDFI) promise to visitors especially the balikbayans and tourist that the Dinagyang Festival 2009 will be a fun-filled celeration and full of excitement.

The Dinagyang Festival which is voted thrice as the Top Tourist Event in the Philippines is celebrating its festivities on January 16 to 25, 2009. The highlights will be on the 25th which is the fourth Sunday of January 2009. The Dinagyang Festival 2009 will again draw thousands of local and tourist visitors. What these visitors especially balikbayans and tourist want to again the Ilonggo’s paint themselves in black and dark brown and dressed in colorful costumes that dances to the loud non-stop beating of the drums and shouting “Viva Señor Santo Niño!”

The cultural highlights of the Dinagyang Festival 2009 is the street dancing parades and competition called the Kasadyahan and the religious highlight isthe fluvial procession where devotees carry the image of the Santo Niño (the image of the Child Jesus).

The Dinagyang Festival 2009 theme is “On Higher Ground”. The organizer, Executive Committee, Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Incorporated (IDFI) and the Iloilo local government are working very hard to make this Dinagyang Festival very successful and wants to maintain its recognition as the Best Tourism Event in the Philippines.

Iloilo Dinagyang Festival Participants

Iloilo Dinagyang Festival Ati Competition January 25, 2009

Tribu Paghidaet, Tribu Ilonganon, Ang Taga Jaro, Tribu Silak, Tribu Atub-Atub, Tribu Panagat ( formerly Tribu  Parianon), Tribu Pag-asa, Tribu Pana-ad, Tribu Molave, Tribu Aninipay, Tribu Milagrosa (formerly Tribu Baryohanon), Tribu Bantu, Tribu Hamili, Tribu Angola, Tribu Himala, Tribu Himal- us, Tribu Bola- Bola

Iloilo Dinagyang Festival Kasadyahan Competition January 24, 2009

Tribu Jimanban – New Lucena, Tribu Bayluhay – San Joaquin, Tribu Saad – Leganes, Tribu Tultugan – Maasin, Iloilo, Tribu Mandurriaonon – Mandurriao, Tribu Kasag of the Kasag Festival – Banate

Iloilo Dinagyang Festival Kasadyahan Non- Competing Tribe January 24, 2009

St. Therese MTC- College Dance Group, Annie Divinagracia-Sartorio School of Perfroming Arts, Kawilihan-University of San Agustin, Sigrab Perfroming Arts – University of Iloilo, Panayana – West Visayas State University, Irong-Irong – West Visayas State University

Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2009 Schedule of Activities

October 22, 2008 4:00 P.M Kapamilya Dance Shown, Grand Launching SM City Event Center
November 30, 2008 4:00 P.M. Dinagyang Idol Singing Robinsons Place Iloilo
December 1, 2008 2:00 P.M. LOCAL LAUNCH SM City Event Center
December 12-15, 2008 NATIONAL LAUNCH Tiendiesitas, Greenhills Shopping Center and
Malll of Asia
December 10-11, 2008 1:00 P.M. Dinagyang Kapamilya Dance Show Down,
Elimination round
SM City Event Center
December 13, 2008 4:00 P.M. Dinagyang Idol Elimination/Dancing (20)
Robinsons Place Iloilo
December 19, 2008 – (Friday) 2:00 P.M. PAMUKAW Assembly Area: Promenade passing Iznart, J.M.
Basa to Freedom Grandstand
January 4, 2009 4:00 P.M. Dinagyang Idol Elimination/Ramble (15)
Robinsons Place Iloilo
January 5, 2009 8:00 A.M. Launching of tree for Life Nursery ICHNS
11:00 A.M. Ms. Iloilo Dinagyang 2009 Courtesy Call Mayor’s Office
January 6, 2009 3:00 P.M. Ms. Iloilo Dinagyang 2009 Presentation of
SM City Iloilo, Event Center
January 7, 2009 3:00 P.M. Ms. Iloilo Dinagyang 2009 Fashion Show
“Elegance by Alta Moda”
Robinson’s Place Iloilo
January 8, 2009 4:00 P.M. Ms. Iloilo Dinagyang 2009 Swimsuit Competition SM City Iloilo, Event
January 10, 2009 Ms. Dinagyang 2009 Talent Competition Robinson’s Place Iloilo
January 10-25, 2009 Dinagyang Tourist Assistance Center SM City Iloilo
4:00 P.M Ms. Iloilo Dinagyang 2009 Photo Exhibit SM City Iloilo, near Saint Cafe
Dinagyang Throungh the Years & Exhibit of
SM City Iloilo, Foodcourt Hallway
January 10-17, 2009 4:00 P.M. GMA 7 – Debate Elimination Rounds SM City Iloilo, Event Center
January 11, 2009 4:00 P.M. Ms. Iloilo Dinagyang 2009 Headress & Casual
Wear Competition
SM City Iloilo
January 12, 2009 4:00 P.M. Ms. Iloilo Dinagyang 2009 Newspaper Gown
Competition & Talent Showcase
SM City Iloilo
January 14-22, 2009 Masses San Jose Parish Church
January 14, 2009 – Wednesday 2:00 P.M. Iloilo Songbirds Years SM City Iloilo, Event Center
5:30 P.M. Turning Over Ceremony for Incoming Hermano &
Hermana Mayor
San Jose Parish Church
January 14-15, 2009 Ms. Iloilo Dinagyang 2009 Rehearsal
January 16, 2009 – (Friday) 2:30 p.m. Mass for opening Salvo of Tribe Dancers San Jose Parish Church
3:00 P.M. OPENING SALVO Judging Area
5:00 P.M. Exhibit of Student-Generated Project WVSU Cultural Center
6:00 P.M. Multiple Intelligences in motion with PDA
Winners Laarni & Bugoy
WVSU Cultural Center
January 16-18, 2009 10:00 A.M. The Ist SM Dinagyang Motosports SM City Iloilo, Parking Lot
January 17, 2009 – Sunday 7:00 P.M. Coronation Night, MS. ILOILO DINAGYANG 2009 Colegio de San Jose Auditorium
SM Little, Warriors Dinagyang Costume Contest SM City Iloilo
January 17-18, 2009 Warriors Parade SM City Iloilo
January 18, 2009 – (Sunday) 8:00 AM- 12:00 NN Medical Mission San Jose Parish Church
10:00 A.M. Dressing up Dagoy SM City Iloilo, Event Center
4:00 P.M. SM Little Dinagyang Warriors SM City Iloilo, Event Center
4:00 P.M. Dinagyang Idol 2009 Opening Salvo;Showcase of
(2)combined talents (10 contestants)
Robinsons Place Iloilo
January 19, 2009 9:00 A.M. Healing Mass San Jose Parish Church
4:00 P.M. SM Department Store Dinagyang Show with
Dingdong Dantes
SM City Iloilo
January 19-20, 2009 – (Monday and Tuesday) Night Final Rehearsal, Dinagyang Ati Tribes 2009 Dinagyang Parade Route
January 19-25, 2009 Dinagyang Mallwide Festival Sale SM City Iloilo
January 20, 2009 – Tuesday 10:00 AM Lunch Date for the Elders around the Barangay San Jose Parish Church
January 21, 2009 – (Wednesday) 7:00 a.m. Arrival of Pilgrim Image of Señor Santo Niño
from Cebu City
Iloilo Port Terminal
4:00 P.M. Coronation of Queen Juana 2009 & Dinagyang Niño
San Jose Parish Church
Night Final Rehearsal, Kasadyahan 2009 Dinagyang Parade Route
January 22, 2009 10:00 A.M. THE WORLD’S BIGGEST LAPAZ BATCHOY BOWL LaPaz Plaza, Iloilo City
January 22-25, 2009 – (Thursday-Sunday) 2:00 P.M.-12 MN Iloilo Hotel Resort & Restaurant Association
Food Festival (IHRRA)
Delgado St., Iloilo City
January 23, 2009 – (Friday) 8:00 a.m. TAMBOR TRUMPA MARTSA MUSIKA Freedom Grandstand
10:00 A.M. GMA 7- Debate Grand Finals SM City Iloilo, Event Center
2:00 P.M. Dinagyang Kapamilya Dance Showdown, Grand
Finals with Guest Artist Rayver Cruz
SM City Event Center
1:00 p.m. FLUVIAL PROCESSION from Fort San Pedro Drive
Inn to disembark in front of Customs House and followed by Solemn Procession
to San Jose Church
San Jose Parish Church
5:00 P.M. – 2:00 A.M. Handog ng Bomboo Radyo @ Star FM Featuring
Callalily & Jennifer Lee
SM City Iloilo, Parking Lot
5:30 P.M. Santo Niño mass in English to be followed by
blessings of children, pregnant mothers Santo Niño images
San Jose Parish Church
6:00 PM GMA, Kapuso Night Freedom Grandstand
7:00 P.M. LUCES IN THE SKY SM City Iloilo
January 23-24, 2009 2nd ILOILO DINAGYANG 2009 AGE-GROUP SWIMFEST Iloilo Sports Complex
January 23-25, 2009 SM Street Party & Food Festival SM City around Mall
January 24, 2009 – Saturday 7:00 A.M. Mass for Kasadyahan San Jose Parish Churh
8:00 A.M. KASADYAHAN Competition Freedom Grandstand and other stages
SPONSORS MARDI GRAS Freedom Grandstand & other stages
7:00 PM Religious Sad-sad to Sr. Sto. Niño San Jose Parish Church
11:00 P.M. BLOOMFIELDS SM City Iloilo, Parking Lot
January 25, 2009 – (Sunday) 6:30 A.M. Concelebrated high mass for devotees, Tribes,
Gov’t. Officials, LOMAS in attendance
San Jose Parish Church
8:00 A.M. DINAGYANG CONTEST Freedom Grandstand and other stages
4:00 P.M. Dinagyang Fashion Show SM City Iloilo, Event Center
4:00 P.M. Dinagyang Idol 2009 Elimination/Showcase of Two
(2) combined talents and Grand Finals (10 contestant
Robinsons Place Iloilo
5:00 P.M. Salvo of A Thousand Drums Iloilo Sports Complex
7:00 P.M. Closing & Awarding with PAGCOR’s Wanders &
Fireworks Iloilo Dinagyang Awarding Ceremonies
Iloilo Sports Complex
11:00 P.M. TM Power Piso Dinagyang Party with Parokya ni
SM City Iloilo, Parking Lot
January 26, 2009 – (Monday) 5:30 P.M. Thanksgiving Mass with all members of 2009
Iloilo Dinagyang Festival Working Committees
San Jose Parish Church

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  1. 2 Responses to “The Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2009 “On Higher Ground””

  2. By Propinoy on Jan 30, 2009 | Reply

    Dinagyang Festival maintain its high performance not only in street dancing but in devotion “On the Higher Ground”.

  3. By luvsmissy on Jan 30, 2009 | Reply

    More innovation on Dinagyang Festival next year, its a great experience to witness the Best Tourism Event in the Philippines…

    Viva Sr. Sto. Niño

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