Hala Bira! Iloilo Dinagyang Festival Na!

Men painted in back, dressed in colorful bahag, chanting “Hala Bira!” and “Viava Señor Santo Niño!”, and dancing to the hypnotic beat of the drums all day long.

This is the typical scene that you get to see during the annual Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City. This grand event is held every 4th Sunday of January in honor of the Santo Niño. Several bleachers are set up in strategic corners of the city for a good view of the ati performing their prayer ritual for the Infant Jesus. Aside from the streetdancing competition there are also other activities held leading to the grand highlight, like the fluvial parade and the Kasadyahan Competition.

Witness one of Philippines’ most grandest festival in honor of the Santo Niño

Check the Festival Schedule below:

Dinagyang Festival 2007 Schedule

October 23, 2006 (Monday)
4:00 PM Motorcade and Launching of 2007 Iloilo Dinagyang Festival (Plaza Libertad to Sm City Iloilo Activity Center)
December 8, 2006 (Friday)
4:00 PM Launching, Jaro Fiesta sa Dinagyang Festival 2007 (Jaro Plaza)
December 9, 2006 (Saturday)
4:00 PM Press and Public Presentation of Official Ms. Iloilo Dinagyang 2007 Candidates

December 15, 2006 (Friday)
2:00 PM Pamukaw 2007 (Assembly Area: Capitol Parking Lot passing Iznart, J.M. Basa to Freedom Grandstand)
December 16, 2006 (Saturday)
2007 Iloilo Dinagyang Festival National Launch Metro Manila Film Festival Parade of Stars Visayas-Mindanao Leg (City Parade

December 25, 2006 – January 14, 2007
10:00 AM to 9:00 PM Contest Period of Tonku Dinagyang – Best dinagyang Headdress open Competition (Food Festival Area Robinsons Mall)
January 13-28, 2007 (Saturday to Sunday)
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM 1st Mayor Cup basketball Tournament (Iloilo Sports Complex)

January 13-14, 2007 (Saturday to Sunday)
4:00 PM Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2007 Talent Competition and Fashion Showcase (Amigo Terrace Hotel)
January 15-30, 2007 (Monday to Tuesday)
10:00 AM to 9:00 PM Display period of Tonku-Dagyang “Dinagyang Best Headdress Competition” (Food fest area – Robinsons Mall)
January 17, 2007 (Wednesday)
4:30 AM – 5:00AM Opening Salvo Walk with Sr. Sto. Nino Penitential Foot Procession (San
Jose Parish Church to 9 Barangays around San Jose church)
5:30 PM Turning Over Ceremony for Incoming Hermano and Hermana Mayores 2007 (San
Jose Parish Church)
January 17-18 2007 (Wednesday-Thursday)
5:00 AM Opening Salvo for Feast of Sr. Sto. Nino (San Jose Parish Church)

5:30 PM Novena Mass in English (San Jose Parish)

January 19 2007 (Friday)
8:00 AM – 10:00 PM Kasadyahan Opening Salvo
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Press Conference Ms. Iloilo Dinagyang Festival 2007 (Amigo Terrace
Hotel Anthurium)
1:00 PM Re-enactment of first arrival of the image of Sr. Sto. Nino from Basilica
de Sto. Nino de Cebu, Cebu City (Iloilo Airport)
2:00 PM Mass for opening salvo Dinagyang ATI (San Jose Parish Church)

3:00 PM Opening Salvo, Dinagyang ATI (Plaza Libertad to Main Streets in the City)

9:00 PM Kasadyahan Parade Rehearsal (Dinagyang Parade Route)

8:00 PM – 10:00PM Pre-final judging Ms. Iloilo Dinagyang Dinner with Judges, Foundation
and Production Staff (Amigo Terrace Hotel)
January 19-27, 2007 (Friday – Sunday)
10:00 AM – 9:00 PM Dinagyang Booth Exhibits on Display “Pasundayag sang Katribuhan” (3rd
floor SM City)
January 20, 2007 (Saturday)
6:00 AM Opening Parade of Jaro Fiesta sa Dinagyang Festival 2007 Jaro Plaza
8:00-10:00 AM Assembly of Children at San Jose Church for Mass Street Dancing for Barangay
Children around Plaza Libertad San Jose Parish
6:00 PM Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2007 Coronation Night WVSU Cultural Center
January 21, 2007 (Sunday)

5:30 AM – 9:00 PM Dinagyang Half Marathon Robinsons Place, Iloilo-Mabini-Gen. Luna, Diversion Road, to Pavia and back on same route
8:30 AM – 12:00 NN Mass for Barangay Children with Games and Snacks
8:30 AM – 12:00 NN Medical and Dental Mission

7:00 PM Dinagyang Golf Awards Nite for Golf Winners Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center

January 22, 2007 (Monday – Wednesday)
10:00 AM – 12:00 NN Healing Mass for Aged, Sick, and Abandoned and Lunch

Night Final rehearsal, Dinagyang Ati Tribes
January 22-26 (Monday – Friday)
8:30 AM 4th DUBAI National Bowling Championship (St. Elizabeth Bowling and Billard
January 22 – 28, 2007 (Monday – Sunday)
10:00 AM – 9:00 PM Trade and Exhibits (SM City)
January 23-24, 2007 (Tuesday – Wednesday)
7:00 AM Dinagyang Golf 2007 5th Mayor Jerry P. Trebas Cup (Iloilo Golf and Country Club, Sta. Barbara Iloilo)
January 24, 2007 (Wednesday)
5:00 PM Coronatio of Queen Juana 2007 and nino Dinagyang 2007 (San Jose Parish Church)
January 25, 2007 (Thursday)
7:00 PM Dinagyang Golf 2007 Awards Night for Golf Winners (Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center)
5:00 PM Dinagyang Best Competition Night Final rehearsal Kasadyahan 2007 (Dinagyang Parade Route)
January 25-28, 2007 (Thursday – Sunday)
2:00 PM – 12 MN Iloilo Hotel and Restaurant Association Food Festival (Delgado St., Iloilo City)
January 26, 2007 (Friday)
5:30 AM & 7:00 AM Novena Mass and Chaplet to Sr. Sto. Nino (San Jose Parish)
3:00 PM Fluvial Procession and Foot Parade (Assembly: Fort San Pedro, Custom House, Iznart St., J.M. Basa St., Plaza Libertad and San Jose Church)
4:00 PM Blessing of Children, Pregnant Mothers and Sto. Nino Images (San Jose Parish)
7:00 PM Kapuso Night (Freedom Grandstand)
7:00 PM Judging of Dinagyang Ati-Best Costume and Gawad Hangaway – Dinagyang
Best Warrior Competition (SM City Iloilo Activity Center)
January 26-27, 2007 (Friday – Saturday)
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM 2nd Iloilo Dinagyang Badminton (Iloilo Sports Complex)
January 27, 2007 (Saturday)
5:00 AM Dawn Procession Walk with Mama Mary to Fort San Pedro (San Jose Church to Fort San Pedro)
7:00 AM Mass for Kasadyahan (San Jose Parish Church)
8:00 AM Kasadyahan Competition (Freedom Grandstand and other Stages)
8:00 AM 1st Mayor Jerry p. trenas Jetski Cup (Villa Regatta, St. Nino Sur, Iloilo City Motorcross Furnace)
4:30 PM Solemn Foot Procession to Sr. Sto. Nino (San Jose Parish Church, Rizal
St., Iznart St., Plazoleta Gay, J.M. Basa St., Plaza Libertad and back to San Jose Parish Church
7:00 PM Dinner for a Cause (La Paz Plaza)
7:00 PM Religious Sad-sad to Sr. Sto. Nino (In front of San Jose Parish Church)
8:00 PM Hinugyaw (Provincial Capitol)
8:00 PM Handog ng Bombo Radyo at Star FM sa Dinagyang (Freedom Grandstand)
4:00 PM – 12:00 MN MBC Night Plazoletagay
Children’s Fancy Dress Ball arade and Coronation (Jaro Plaza)
January 28, 2007 (Sunday)
6:30 AM Solemn Concelebrated Mass for Dinagyang Ati-Tribes (San Jose Parish Church)
8:00 AM Dinagyang Ato Competition (Freedom Grandstand and other Stages)
7:00 PM Concert (Freedom Grandstand)
7:00 PM 2006 Awarding Ceremonies (Freedom Grandstand)
January 29, 2007 (Monday)
5:30 PM
Thanksgiving Mass with all members of dinagyang 2007 Festival Executive and Working Committees, Dinagyang Ati and Kasadyahan Tribes, Sponsors and Friends (San Jose Parish Church)

Byahilo: Your Journey Begins Here

Upcoming Festivals to watch out for!

Sinulog 2010
Ati-atihan 2010
Dinagyang 2010
Panagbenga Festival 2010
Philippine International hot Air Balloon fiesta 2009 Clark Pampanga

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  • alex

    Iba talaga ang Dinagyang ng Iloilo. BRAVO Dinagyang ng Iloilo, totoo at tunay na pinakamagandang festival ng Pilipinas.

  • pod

    It is really an Authentic and the Best Festival of the Philippines, if you can see this festival you want to go back there again just to watch it .Really, a real World Class Presentation and performances.

  • hello kitty girl

    my mom is from dingle ilo ilo i’ve never been there,i always plan to visit my mom’s place to visit the other paryentes there sad to say its never happen up to now,how sad….. sad was never happen cause my grannys die last year.

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  • marg

    You can visit also http://www.dinagyang.com

    Aton ini!

  • david

    May, just go to flickr.com and search for “dinagyang” latest photos. You can also visit the photobucket.com and search “dinagyang 2007”. You can see alot more actions of Dinagyang 2007.

    The festival is really great. The performance of all participants are awesome.
    Truly the “Best Tourism Event in the Philippines”.

  • may

    more picture please!

  • miss dinagyang 2007

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  • Ramy

    Oh yes!!!! The beat is on for Iloilo City’s Dinagyang festival!
    The Best Tourism Event of the Philippines!!!

    Would like to see more photos of dinagyang 2007.