This year marks the 40th anniversary of Dinagyang Festival. Significantly, as Dinagyang reaches its 40th year it has gained recognition as a world-class festival attracting visitors from all over the world.
With five days left before the higlights of the Dinagyang Festival 2008, the city government along with the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. (IDFI) assured their readiness for the big event.
Security preparations for the Dinagyang festival is already in place with the deployment of more than 600 personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
The committee on kiosk of the Dinagyang 2008 decided to situate the kiosks belonging to fraternities along Iznart Street, City Proper. They will not be situated near the food fest area occupied by members of the Iloilo Hotels Restaurant and Resorts Association (IHRRA) along Delgado Streets.
The Iloilo City Sports Council (ICSC) has prepared some athletic activities to complement the celebration of the world-renowned Dinagyang Festival this year.
Being adjudged as the country's best tourism event, Dinagyang Festival has attracted even the northernmost province of Batanes to have their place promoted by joining the celebration.
Both local and foreign tourists had a glimpse of the participating tribes for the 2008 Dinagyang Festival Tribes Competition when the opening salvo blasted off along selected streets of this city last Friday.
Seventeen participants mostly from Luzon will showcase their best in a fireworks competition to be held at the old airport runway in Mandurriao district as an added attraction to the forthcoming Dinagyang festival.
Thirty-four restaurants under the Iloilo Hotels Restaurants and Resorts Association (IHRRA) will participate in the weeklong food festival starting January 21-27, 2008 along Delgado Street.
Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. (IDFI) Executive Director Ben Jimena said the pledges for the 2008 Dinagyang festival reached to some P9 million. The foundation needs some P12.75 million to finance the entire celebration.
Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will not be arriving in the city to witness this year's Dinagyang festival.
The Philippine Association of Pyrotechnics and Fireworks Manufacturers and Dealers in the country will hold its 1st Iloilo Dinagyang Pyrolympics 2008 dubbed as “Luces in the Sky”. The aerial fireworks competition is one of the special events in the Dinagyang festival.
Indeed the City of Iloilo is fit to be called the “festival capital of the country.” This City Mayor Jerry Treñas said as the city prepares for the array of festivals set this first quarter of 2008. The city will hold four major festivals to be ushered by the Dinagyang festival this third week of January.
Police Regional Office (PRO) 6 regional director Chief Supt. Wilfredo V. Dulay, Sr. ordered the creation of task groups to plan out security measures for the coming two biggest festivals in the region, the Ati-atihan of Kalibo, Aklan and Dinagyang of Iloilo.
The Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. (IDFI) yesterday released the remaining P810,000 subsidy to 15 participating tribes in this year's Dinagyang celebration. The recently released fund is part of the P3,025,000 allocated for the subsidy of tribes.
To ensure that the highlight of Dinagyang Festival on Jan. 27 will not be interrupted the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. (IDFI) would rent a generator set to be used as standby power at the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand.
Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. (IDFI) chair Lee Chuan said the foundation suffered financial setback after sponsorships coming from two telecommunication firms Smart and Globe have reduced. The two companies pledged to give sponsorship of P1,250,000 each.
Managers of the four tribes that were earlier reported to have threatened to disrupt the highlights of the Dinagyang Festival in protest of their non-inclusion in the tribes subsidy have assured their full support and commitment for the success of the celebration.
The committee on kiosks of the Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. (IDFI) busted a modus operandi of a kiosk applicant for this year’s food festival. As a result, nine applications were canceled by the committee.
For the first time in 40 years of staging the Dinagyang Festival, the organizer has decided to come up with a collector’s item in the form of ‘Dagoy’ doll which is the festival’s official mascot.
The list of competing tribes for Dinagyang 2008.
In 1968, the replica of the Image of Sr. Sto. Nino de Cebu was brought to Iloilo City by Fr. Sulpicio Enderes, OSA, with a delegation of the Confradia de Cebu. The image and party were welcomed at the airport by then Parish Priest of San Jose, Fr. Ambrosio Galindrez, OSA, then Iloilo City Mayor Reinerio Ticao and devotees of Sr. Sto. Nino. The image is still enshrined at the San Jose Parish Church , where the novena in his honor is held every Friday.
Dagoy is the towering six feet nine inches tall three dimension mascot that has evolved from just a mere icon.
The list of Hermanos and Hermanas since 1969.
Participating tribes in the Dinagyang competition this Sunday, Jan. 25, show a glimpse of their performances during last Friday's opening salvo.
Miss Dinagyang 2008, Dinagyang Dolls