Guide to Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2024

Iloilo Dinagyang 2024

Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2024: the cityscape, the sound of drums, and the deluge of people from around the globe, all as one to celebrate Señor Santo Niño, the child Jesus. With the theme “Pagdayaw kay Senor Santo Nino, Padayaw sang mga Ilonggo”, the Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2024 is set from January 12 to 28, 2024 with event highlights from January 26 to 28, 2024. The event is spearheaded by the Iloilo City Government, the Province of Iloilo, the Iloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc., and the Parroquia De San Jose Placer.

Schedule of Events

January 05, 2024
Opening Salvo Kasadyahan sa Kabanwahanan
Iloilo Freedom Grandstand, 3pm

January 12, 2024
Opening Salvo Dinagyang Festival
Iloilo Freedom Grandstand, 3pm

January 13, 2024
Miss Iloilo Coronation Night
WVSU Cultural Center, 7pm

January 19 to 27, 2024
Novena Masses
San Jose Parish Placer, 7pm

January 24, 2024
Motorcade of Senor Santo Nino de Cebu
Main Streets of Iloilo City, 1pm

January 25 to 28, 2024
Dinagyang Food Festival
Downtown Area

January 26, 2024
Fluvial Procession and Solemn Foot Procession
Iloilo River – Downtown, 1pm

January 26, 2024
Dinagyang Ilomination Streetdance
Competition and Floats Parade of Lights
Ayala – SM – Megaworld, 6pm

January 27, 2024
Festive Parade Sponsors’ Mardi Gras
Iloilo Freedom Grandstand

January 27, 2024
Kasadyahan sa Kabanwahanan
Downtown Area, 2pm

January 27, 2024
Grand Religious Sadsad
San Jose Parish Placer, 7pm

January 28, 2024
Concelebrated High Mass
San Jose Parish Placer, 6am

January 28, 2024
Dinagyang Tribes Competition
Downtown Area

January 28, 2024
Sadsad sa Calle Real
Iloilo Freedom Grandstand, Downtown Area, 3pm

January 28, 2024
Awarding Ceremony
Iloilo Freedom Grandstand

Dinagyang Tribes Competition

Tribu Taga-Baryo
Bo. Obrero National High School

Tribu Taga Baryo of Bo. Obrero National High School is managed by Raymond Jangit in collaboration with choreographer Romel Flogen. Based in Bo. Obrero in Lapuz, the tribe first joined in 2014 as Tribu Obreros under the leadership of Mercedes Clavaton. Since then, the tribe religiously takes part in the annual festivity and is now under the name Tribu Taga-Baryo.

Tribu Silak
Iloilo City National High School

Tribu Silak of the Iloilo City National High School is managed by Alpha Java in collaboration with choreographer Ramil Huyatid. The tribe’s participation in the Dinagyang Festival started in 1998, under the name ‘Tribu Lunok’, then organized by the late Ronnie Baretta. In 2005, the tribe’s name was changed to Tribu Silak; then reverted back to ‘Tribu Lunok’ in 2012; and then changed to Tribu Panayanon in 2013 until 2020. To date, the tribe will compete under the name ‘Tribu Silak’. As Tribu Panayanon, the tribe was declared champion in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2018.

Tribu Sigabong
Ramon Avancena National High School

Tribu Sigabong of Ramon Avancena National High School is managed by Salvador Besares with choreographer Brian Francisco. Formerly known as Tribu Dagatnon, the tribe started its journey in 2016. For this year, the tribe is renamed Tribu Sigabong, after the firecrackers from which the district of Arevalo is known.

Tribu Salognon
Jaro National High School

Tribu Salognon of Jaro National High School is managed by Dr Cynthia Punsalan in collaboration with choreographer George Susvilla Jr. The tribe’s journey began in 2004 after responding to an invitation from the organizers of the Dinagyang Festival. With several accolades to its name, Tribu Salognon was hailed champion in 2016 and 2017. The tribe also performed internationally – in New York, South Korea, and New Zealand, to mention a few.

Tribu Pan-ay
Fort San Pedro National High School

Tribu Pan-ay of Fort San Pedro National High School is managed by Melanie Tabaculde in collaboration with choreographer Lonelle Robles Carado. The tribe is ready to ‘take the challenge’ in participating in the 2024 tribe competition.

Tribu Paghidaet
La Paz National High School

Tribu Paghidaet of La Paz National High School is managed by Ligaya Montelijao and choreographed by Steven Jacosalem. One of the oldest participating tribes, Tribu Paghidaet first joined the festival in 1999. The tribe was named after the Lady of Peace and Good Voyage thus the name ‘paghidaet’, meaning peace.

Under its 18 years of participating in the Dinagyang Festival, the tribe has garnered six championship awards.

Tribu Mandu-riyaw
Mandurriao National High School

Tribu Mandu-riyaw of Mandurriao National High School is managed by Hyde Pilla in collaboration with choreographer Robert Lapating. Before it participated in the Dinagyang tribe competition, Tribu Mandu-riyaw was a fervent competitor in the Kasadyahan competition under the names Tribu Babaylan, Tribu Kalinaw, Tribu Pandurriaonon, and Tribu Madyaas. The tribe then transitioned to the Dinagyang competition in 2011

Tribu Ilonganon
Jalandoni National High School

Tribu Ilonganon of Jalandoni National High School is managed by Arlene Joy Alonzaga in collaboration with choreographers Gerlin Francisco and Errol Villalobos. The tribe was founded in 1984 but started its journey in 2005 when it competed for the Dinagyang open category. To date, the tribe has two championships to its name, one in 2006 and another in 2009.

Dinagyang Ilomination Tribes

Tribu Iafa
District of Molo

Tribu Iafa, representing the district of Molo, is managed by Ross John Peconcillo in collaboration with choreographer Gilbert Barsanas.

About the District of Molo: Molo, a district in Iloilo City, is the most densely populated compared to other districts. Unbeknownst to many, Molo was the original ‘Parian’ (Chinese district or Chinatown) of Iloilo City. Molo used to be a separate municipality before it was incorporated into the then-municipality of Iloilo via Act No. 719 of 1903. It is also lauded as the ‘Athens of the Philippines’, as it was the center of learning in the Visayas. It is also the birthplace of prominent figures and illustrados, including philosophers, political leaders, and government officials, to mention a few.

Tribu Manduryaw
District of Mandurriao

Tribu Mandurriao, representing the district of Mandurriao, is managed by Karl John Alaban in collaboration with choreographer Johnrey Collado.

About the District of Mandurriao: Iloilo’s central business district. Mandurriao, one of the seven districts of Iloilo City, is the second-largest by land area as well as the third most populous. It is the site of the developing Iloilo midtown area and is seen as the commercial and financial hub of Iloilo City.

Tribu Sidlangan
District of Lapuz

Tribu Sidlangan, representing the district of Lapuz, is managed by Linane Soncio in collaboration with choreographer Peter Deocos.

About the District of Lapuz: Lapuz is one of the seven district of Iloilo City and by far the smallest by land area and population. It is home to the Iloilo International Port Complex as well as the Iloilo Fastcraft and Roro Terminal.

Tribu Sagasa
District of La Paz

Tribu Sagasa, representing the District of La Paz, is managed by Francis Mike Vito in collaboration with choreographer Joemar Sustento.

About the District of La Paz: La Paz is one of the seven districts in Iloilo City. Before it became a district, it was a part of Jaro and was referred to as “Ilawod”, in contrast to Jaro as “Ilaya”. The name La Paz was taken from the district’s patron saint, Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje. The patron saint was referred to as the Lady of Peace and Good Voyage. Thus, the term ‘La Paz’ means ‘peace’ in Spanish.

Tribu Buntag-Tala
District of Jaro

Tribu Buntag-Tala, representing the District of Jaro, is managed by Ruby Dumalaog in collaboration with choreographer John Paul Patrimonio.

About the District of Jaro: Cited as the ‘center of faith’, Jaro became a base for Catholic missionaries in evangelization initiatives in Panay and Western Visayas. Back then, Jaro was not an independent parish but was a ‘visita’ of La Villa de Jaro. It was later declared an independent parish in 1587.

Tribu Ilonggohanon
District of City Proper

Tribu Ilonggohanon, representing the District of City Proper, is managed by Zedrick Tumulak in collaboration with choreographer Ria Espanola.

About the District of City Proper: Iloilo City Proper, also referred to as ‘downtown’ and ‘ciudad’, is one of the seven districts of Iloilo City and is the second most densely populated district (after Molo). It is the civic center of the city and houses the city and provincial government. It is the current economic and financial center of Iloilo. Its prized gems included the 19th and 20th-century buildings that line up J.M. Basa, popularly referred to as Calle Real.

Tribu Kahirup of Pavia
District of Arevalo

Tribu Kahirup of Pavia, representing the District of Arevalo, is managed by Charlie Guyos in collaboration with choreographer Ariel Sogueco.

About the District of Arevalo: Arevalo is the westernmost district in Iloilo City as it borders Oton to the west. It is sometimes referred to as the ‘flower capital of Iloilo’ due to its collection of ornamental plants. It is also known for its firecrackers, fireworks, resorts, nightlife, and beaches. Apart from that, it is also home to many cultural and heritage sites such as the Santo Niño de Arevalo Parish and the Camiña Balay na Bato (Avanceña Ancestral House).

Kasadyahan sa Kabanwahanan

Kasadyahan Festival, now known as Kasadyahan sa Kabanwahan, is celebrated every fourth week of January and preludes the Dinagyang Festival. According to the Province of Iloilo, it is the ‘Festival of Festivals’ and gathers performances from respective municipalities in the province.

The Kasadyahan Festival was introduced sometime in the 80s to highlight the rich cultural heritage of the province and showcase the best of Western Visayas. To date, the festival is proudly presented by the Iloilo Provincial Government, in collaboration with the Iloilo City Government and the Iloilo Festivals Foundation Inc (IFFI).

For 2024, the Province of Iloilo puts its tourism catchphrase, ‘Fun, Foodie, Friendly Iloilo’, to center stage. The mantra matches the province’s vision encapsulated in MoRProGRes Iloilo, a Movement for a Robust, Progressive, Globally Competitive, and Resilitient Province of Iloilo. Read: Guide to Kasadyahan Festival

Banaag Festival | Anilao
Celebrated every first Week of November

Anilao is a fourth-class municipality in the province of Iloilo, 42 kilometers (26 miles) from Iloilo City. As of 2020, it has a population of 30,500+ people and is politically subdivided into 21 barangays. The municipality takes pride in its annual event, the Banaag Festival, recalling historical practices when local sentinels light a torch to warn residents of incoming pirates.’ The celebration, meanwhile, was initiated by Vice Mayor Therese ‘Matet’ Debuque more than a decade ago. To date, the Banaag Festival is one of the most sought-after tourism events in the province.

Cry of Jelicuon Festive | New Lucena
Celebrated every last Week of October

New Lucena is a fourth-class municipality in the province of Iloilo. As of 2020, it has a population of 24,314. Before its name, New Lucena was known as ‘Jimanban’, which was a part of the municipality of Cabatuan. Moreover, the ‘new’ in New Lucena was added in 1955. New Lucena is centrally located in the province of Iloilo, and it is 24 kilometers (15 miles) from Iloilo City. Politically, it is subdivided into 21 barangays. Tourism highlights include the famous Mila’s Hill Inland Resort, an initiative of the Jarfel Corporation.

The Cry of Jelicuon is an homage to the revolutionaries led by General Martin Delgado who fought for freedom during the Spanish rule. General Delgado led his voluntaries to Barrio Hilicuon, nestled in the boundary of Santa Barbara, Cabatuan, and New Lucena, and cried ‘long live independence’. (Sonza, Philippine Free Press, 1953). Essentially, the Cry of Jelicuon commemorates the heroic acts of the revolutionaries against Spanish forces.

Hirinugyaw Suguidanonay Festival | Calinog
Celebrated every last week of October

Calinog is a first-class municipality in the province of Iloilo. In a 2020 census, it has a population of 62,853 people. Politically, it is subdivided into 59 barangays, four of which are in the población area. Event highlights in the town include the Hirinugyaw-Suguidanonay, a festival coined from the Visayan term ‘jubilation’ and is celebrated in honor of the Child Jesus, similar to the Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City.

Hirinugyaw Suguidanonay is a celebration offered to Santo Nino, the Child Jesus. ‘Hirinugyaw’, a local term for revelry, is paired with ‘suguidanonay’, another local term for storytelling. It is also a tribute to the indigenous people called ‘Sulod’ or ‘Sulodnons’, which translates to persons living in closet-like territories, specifically that of Panay Bukidnon. The Sulodnons are known for their rich culture, especially epic tales often referred to as Hillinawod, directly translated as stories of the Halawod River. It tells of adventures by fictional characters Labaw Donggon, Humadapnon, and Dumalapdap.

Kaing Festival | Leon
Celebrated every third week of November

Leon is a second-class municipality in the province of Iloilo. In a 2020 census, it has a population of 51,990 and is 36 kilometers (22 miles) from Iloilo City. Leon is known as the ‘vegetable basket of the province’ due to its supply of asparagus, cabbages, Baguio beans, sayote, eggplants, carrots, and other vegetables. Politically, it is subdivided to 85 barangays.

Tourism highlights in the town of Leon include the famous Bucari Mountain Range, dubbed the ‘summer capital of Iloilo’ and ‘vegetable garden of Iloilo’, as well as the Pineridge Bucari Mountain Resort, Bucari Pine Forest and Waterfalls, and the Leon Church.

Kaing, which directly translates to a basket made of bamboo strips, is a local find in Leon, well known for its bountiful harvest of fruits and vegetables. To locals, the festival celebrates the town’s abundant harvest.

Kasag Festival | Banate
Celebrated every third week of December

Banate is a fourth-class municipality with a population of 33,376 as of 2020. the coastal town is known for its fishing and agricultural practices, as well as its variety of produce such as rice, sugarcane, beans, coconut, and bananas. It is also known as the Kasag, or crab, capital and is also known for its krill, shrimp paste or ginamos, and fresh fish.

The Kasag Festival celebrates its unique seafood bounty, especially kasag. The festival was initiated in 2007 as a promotional means to market its industry. To date, it is a well-loved gastronomic festival in the province of Iloilo.

Katagman Festival | Oton
Celebrated every third week of May

Oton is a first-class municipality in the province of Iloilo. As of 2020, it has a total population of 98,509. It is also a part of the Metro Iloilo – Guimaras area centered on Iloilo City. Eleven kilometers (6.8 miles) west of Iloilo City, Oton is bordered by the municipality of Tigbauan to the west, San Miguel to the north, Pavia to the northeast, Panay Gulf to the south, and the district of Arevalo, and Iloilo City to the east. Politically, it is subdivided into 37 barangays.

The town’s economy is fueled by a growing number of properties – Gaisano Oton, Puregold Oton, and Vista Mall are located in this town. Other tourist attractions include Anhawan Beach Resort and Spa, Adhara Eco Boutique Resort, and Sheridan Boutique Resort to mention a few.

The Katagman Festival is a celebration of the town’s founding anniversary. It is celebrated every May 3rd and is participated by constituent barangays. The celebration began in 2003 and is worded Katagman, from the former name of San Antonio. The festival was previously called Ogtonganon Festival.

Pantat Festival | Zarraga
Celebrated every third week of December

Zarraga is a fourth-class municipality in the province of Iloilo. As of 2020, it has a population of 27,305. Just 16 kilometers (9.9 miles) from Iloilo City, Zarraga is politically divided into 24 barangays. Tourism highlights in the town include the following: Zarraga Church, and various inland resorts.

Pantat Festival is a celebration of the town’s flourishing pantat (catfish) industry. It is often lauded as one of the biggest celebrations in the second congressional district of the province.

Saad Festival | Leganes
Celebrated every first week of April

Leganes is a fourth-class municipality in the province of Iloilo. As of 2020, it has a population of 34,725. It is nestled 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) from Iloilo City and the town is made up of houses, farms, and light agricultural spaces. Moreover, Leganes is part of the Metro Iloilo – Guimaras area. Politically, it is subdivided into 18 barangays.

Before its name, Leganes was formerly known as ‘Valencia’, named by early founders after the town’s patron saint, San Vicente Ferrer of Valencia. The church, a tourism highlight, is known as the ‘Mecca of Iloilo’ and is the most visited site in the town. Event and tourism highlights for Leganes include ‘Biraw Paraw’ (the town’s tourism event), Gethsemane Retreat House and Orchard, and Leganes Church.

The Saad Festival is a cultural presentation depicting the life of the town’s venerated icon and patron saint, San Vincent Ferrer, often referred to as the ‘angel of healing’. One of the town’s practices, the ‘palapak’, relates to the act of pressing the image of the saint on the head of the devotee and is a widespread act during this festival

Tultugan Festival | Maasin
Celebrated every December 29

Maasin is a third-class municipality in the province of Iloilo. In a 2020 census, it has a total population of 38,461. It is 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Iloilo City. Politically, it is subdivided into 50 barangays. The Tultugan Festival celebrates the town’s bamboo industry.

Sadsad sa Calle Real

  • Tribu Parianon
  • Tribu Panaad
  • Tribu Molave
  • Tribu Ibata sa Paghiliugyon
  • Tribu Aninipay

Schedule of Religious Activities

Other Events and Activities

Iloilo Dinagyang Festival History

The sought-after Iloilo Dinagyang Festival is held every fourth of January every year. It commemorates the arrival of Malay settlers and the barter of Panay Island from the Ati natives. It all began way back in 1967 with the arrival of the replica of Señor Santo Niño, the child saint, from Cebu at the San Jose Parish in Iloilo. Back then, the festival was merely Iloilo Ati-Atihan resembling the other Ati festivals in nearby provinces. The term ‘Dinagyang’ was first coined by Ilonggo broadcaster Pacifico Sudario, which means ‘merrymaking’.

In a bid to make the festival unique, the name was made official. Also, to promote local tourism, the tribal competition was put into play through the effort of the local government and the Ministry of Tourism.

Fifty years later. The Iloilo Dinagyang Festival is now a much-awaited, world-class event joined by locals and tourists from around the world. Over the years, the festival flourished. It gained an international following through tribe performances expressed through music and dance.

The festival also contributed to the economy, not to mention tourism, and the development of the city by pooling tourists and producing entrepreneurial opportunities for locals. Moreover, tribe members were also allowed to perform internationally – in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan, to mention a few. Selected tribe members are even flown every year to participate in the annual Philippine Independence Day in the United States.

Dinagyang Festival, a strong contender in Aliwan Fiesta

Iloilo Dinagyang Festival is also a frequent winner in the annual Aliwan Fiesta. Dubbed ‘The Metro Manila of All Fiestas’, Aliwan Fiesta is organized by Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) together with the Cultural Center of the Philippines with prizes amounting to Php 3,000,000. Dinagyang was the champion from 2010 to 2013, and 2017. As of date, the festival is a strong contender in Aliwan.

The festival not only highlights the tribal competition but also puts a spotlight on a number of events – liturgical celebrations, fluvial procession, a parade of lights, pageantry, and more. The Kasadyahan Festival preludes the tribe competition and is participated by different municipalities. In Dinagyang’s 50th year last 2018, Kasadyahan was upgraded to Fiesta Filipinas and invited by the Department of Tourism to compete and present provincial and municipal festival performances.

Miss Iloilo Dinagyang is also an addition to Dinagyang’s roster of events – not to mention the parade of brands that sponsor more events along Diversion Road or in the city. Last 2018, the festival’s 50th year, Sarabia Jewelry signed as the official jeweler of Miss Dinagyang, and the pageant was endowed with an official crown.

To further narrate the journey of the festival, the historic Iloilo Freedom Grandstand was taken down after its last Flag Raising Ceremony, on February 5, 2018. It was relocated along Muelle Loney Street facing the historic Iloilo River to pave the way for the redevelopment of Sunburst Park.

The new grandstand is named ‘Dinagyang Grandstand’, and later reverted to ‘Iloilo Freedom Grandstand’ and was blessed on January 11, 2019 – following the Iloilo Dinagyang Festival Opening Salvo. Sunburst Park, where the former grandstand stood, was turned over by the Tourism Infrastructure Enterprise Zone Authority.

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