Thursday, January 31, 2008



Iloilo Festival Queen and Hiyas Sang Iloilo Crowned
QUEENS OF THE FESTIVAL. Anne Rency Custodio (sitting left) bags the Iloilo Festival Queen crown while Syra Anne Ycoy got the Hiyas sang Iloilo 2008 plum.(Standing, l-r)) 2nd runner-up Sharon Cansancio, 1st runner-up Natalie Grace Roberts and 3rd runner-up Carlota Caillo.

Anne Rency “Dimples” Custodio, an 18-year-old stunner from the University of the Philippines-Visayas, bagged this year’s prestigious title as Iloilo Festival Queen.

Iloilo City Cong. Raul Gonzales Jr. crowns 2008 Iloilo Festival Queen Ann Rency Custodio.
Sixteen-year-old Syra Ann Ycoy of Oton National High School won the Hiyas sang Iloilo tiara.

Custodio also took home the Best in Gown, Darling of the Press, Ms. Close-Up and Miss Fiesta Lady special awards. Ycoy got the judges’ to win the Miss Photogenic, Best in Maria Clara gown, Miss Face Value, Ms. Bambini and Ms. Ponds awards.

The 2008 edition of the Iloilo Festival Queen and Hiyas sang Iloilo climaxed in a spectacular pageant at the Sunset Terrace ballroom of Hotel del Rio Wednesday.

Coming close was 1st runner-up Natalie Grace Roberts (Ms. Talent, Ms. Boardwalk and Best in Swimsuit awardee), 2nd runner-up Sharon Cansancio and 3rd Runner-up Carlota Caillo (Best in Production Number and Ms. SunSilk awardee)

Iloilo Festival Queen and Hiyas sg Iloilo is an annual production of the Iloilo Festival Queen of Iloilo Inc. led by producer-director Eddie Juatas, Zedrick Señeres and Roland Cabrera.

Part the proceeds of this glittering affair went to the Cofradia de Señor Sto. Niño of the San Jose Parish Church of Iloilo and other religious institutions in need of financial assistance.

Zedrick Señeres

Photos by Albert F. Fajardo


Monday, January 28, 2008

Dinagyang 2008 Tribe Winners


Dinagyang Ati-ati Dance competition winners

Tribu Paghidaet of La Paz National High School is Dinagyang 2008’s grand champion. They bagged the crown in this year’s Dinagyang Ati Dance competition after winning the special and minor awards such as Best in Costume, Best in Performance and Best in Choreography.

The La Paz National High School (LNHS) won P100,000, trophy and the chance to represent Dinagyang to the Aliwan Festival in May.

Tribu Ilongganon settled for the 1st runner-up honors aside from bagging the best in music and best in street dancing awards.

Tribu Ang Taga Jaro won the 2nd runner-up honors while Tribu Silak of the Iloilo City National High School is 3rd runner-up.

The former champion Tribu Atub-Atub won 4th runner-up honors.

Tribu San Pedro of the Fort San Pedro National High School got the best in discipline plum.

Tribu Saad of Leganes, Iloilo dominated the Kasadyahan Festival. The tribe also bagged the best in production design, best in street dancing and best in music.

First timer Tribu Kasag of Banate settled for 1st runner-up honors and bagged the best in choreography and best in performance plums.

Second runner-up was Tribu Tinu-om of Cabatuan while Tribu Bayluhay of San Joaquin, Iloilo ended 3rd runner-up.

Tribu Mandurrianon of the Mandurriao National High School was 4th runner-up honors.

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TRIBU PAGHIDAET - Dinagyang 2008 Grand Champion


TRIBU PAGHIDAET – Grand Champion Dinagyang Ati Dance contest

Tribu Paghidaet of La Paz National High School is Dinagyang 2008’s grand champion in Ati Dance contest. They also bagged the minor awards: Best in Costume, Best in Performance and Best in Choreography.

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Miss Dinagyang 2008 winners


Miss Dinagyang 2008 'with a cause'

DINAGYANG BEAUTIES - (L-R) 2nd runner-up Sherry Loraine Bermejo, Miss Dinagyang 2008 Vena Ardales and 1st runner-up Diana Angelie Jainga.
Miss Dinagyang 2008 breaks away from the “crown-and-sash” image and will be working for a cause, pageant organizer Rowena Diaz said.

Diaz stressed the candidates have conceptualized tourism advocacy projects which they defended last Jan. 16. She added the winning project would be officially presented to the Department of Tourism for funding.

“They had to identify and realize projects that could be promoted by a beauty queen – apart from being without any cause at all, no meaning or purpose – not just the usual ribbon cutting and appearances during big events,” Diaz explained.

“We are planning to man a one-stop tourism information center where they (winners) could manage campaign materials and brochures,” she told reporters.

Ms. Dinagyang 2008 is Vena Ardales, a 19-year-old BS Medical Technology student of Central Philippine University (CPU).

Ardales took on the crown from outgoing Ms. Dinagyang Cara Jeanne Sullano who is also from CPU.

Joining Ardales’ court are 1st runner-up Diana Angelie Jainga, 17 and taking up BS Nursing from CPU; 2nd runner-up Sherry Loraine Bermejo, 21 and BS Nursing student of West Visayas State University; 3rd runner Rita Guevarra, 20 and a graduate of cruise ship management; and 4th runner-up April de la Cruz, 16 and a student of Iloilo National High School, the youngest among the candidates.

For the first time, the coronation night of Ms. Dinagyang was opened to public with the pageant proper capped at Freedom Grandstand yesterday.

The show went on as rains stopped in the evening in time of the beauty contest, drawing crowds.

As the 10 candidates paraded in their casual wears, playsuits and evening gowns, and articulated in the final interview, five ladies had emerged grand winners just before midnight.

The organizer has laid down the rules for the Ms. Dinagyang who “shall not at anytime commercially exploit her title in anyway while all her activities must be approved in writing.”

The winner “shall conduct herself with decorum during her reign and shall not commit immoral, illegal or any act or behavior which could disrepute, ridicule or contempt to the Ms. Dinagyang image and reputation.”

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Dagoy - The official mascot of Dinagyang festival


About Dagoy

Dagoy is towering six feet and nine inches tall, three-dimensional mascot that has evolved from just a mere icon. His birth is a product of imagination and desire, not just by a single person but also of people who are working diligently to make the Dinagyang festival a part of everyone's day-to-day life.

Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. (IDFI) Executive Director Ben Jimena related that the mascot now is the once caricature used by the marketing group headed by Francis de la Cruz as a promo material. This happened in 2002, the first time time the festival was handled by the foundation.

Chris Bayani, an artist from Manila, drawing inspiration from his adopted daughter, delicately prepared a sketch of the icon that was later made as the official logo of the festival. His faces then were seen on posters, T-shirts and streamers everywhere. Years later, the foundation tapped the expertise of the San Pablo Sineng Laya Corporation based in Las Piñas, Manila to prepare a life-size mascot of "Dagoy".

Dagoy's first public appearance was on December 11, 2004 at the The Fort in Taguig during the official launching of the festival in Manila. He made his presence felt in Iloilo City during Pamukaw on December 18, 2004.

He has also attended the opening of the Dinagyang exhibits at SM City Iloilo on January 10, 2005, his first public appearance for that year. Jimena stressed though that aside from the Dinagyang-related activities, he is also expected to attend various special occasions of the city to make the public more aware of the festival. "Wherever Dagoy goes, people will be reminded of the Dinagyang festival", Jimena stressed. "Once Dagoy shakes your hand, it simply means that you are welcome in Iloilo". Jimena described Dagoy as a friendly Aeta kid. He's a loveable child and very attractive to other children.

Dagoy wears a fiber glass head dress bearing the picture of Santo Niño. The dominant colors are black and gold. He also has a camel-colored bahag, the typical attire of Aetas. He is holding a drum made of fiber glass bearing the logo of Iloilo City government printed at the center. His hands and feet are adorned with multi-colored bracelets similar to the one being worn by ati-ati

He is expected to have a change in outfit every year, though Jimena said that they are going to copy the costume of the tribe that will be declared as best in
costume every Dinagyang contest.

Just like any other kid Dagoy was christened on January 14, 2005, a symbol of welcoming him to the Christian world, on the day of opening salvo at the San Jose Parish church in Plaza Libertad, Iloilo City. From there he will be placed side by side with the Santo Niño de Cebu in an open van and they are going to tour the city, following the route of parade.

In the coming years, expect more innovations to come, according to Jimena. He said their group never gets tired thinking of what is best for the festival. And the birth of Dagoy after 36 long years is just but one of these innovations they have made.


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Iloilo Dinagyang 2008 Schedule of Activities


Dinagyang 2008 Schedule

Iloilo City's biggest and most colorful religion and cultural festivity --- the Dinagyang Festival once again attracted a myriad of domestic and foreign visitors, most of them have joined their local hosts in this one-of-a-kind festivity complete with all the frenzied merrymaking and non-stop street party.

Dinagyang had its humble beginnings in the devotion to the Señor Santo Niño that began to take root in the hearts of Ilonggos some 40 years ago.

  • January 14, 2008 (Monday)
Robinsons Place Iloilo

  • January 14-27, 2008 (Monday-Sunday)

10:00 am-9:00 pm Trade and Exhibits/ Dinagyang Pasalubong Center
UGF between Pizza Hut & Pancake House, SM City

  • January 15-28, 2008 (Tuesday-Monday)

Display period, Tongku-Dagyang
SM City Lower Ground Floor

  • January 15, 2008 (Tuesday)

SM Activity Center

  • January 16, 2008 (Wednesday)

5:00 am Opening salvo for Feast of Señor Santo Niño (penitential
procession around nine (9) brgy. of San Jose Parish
San Jose Parish Church to 9 brgy.
5:30 pm Turning over Ceremony for incoming Hermano & Hermana
Mayor San Jose Parish Church

  • January 16, 27, 2008 (Wednesday-Sunday)

6:00 am Santo Niño Mas in Ilonggo
San Jose Parish Church
7:00 am Santo Niño Mass in English: (Pilgrim: City Parishes)
San Jose Parish Church
8:30 am Santo Niño Mass in English: (Pilgrim: City Schools)
San Jose Parish Church
5:00 pm Chaplet to Santo Niño
San Jose Parish Church
5:30 pm Santo Niño Mass in English: (Pilgrim: Gov’t Agencies)
San Jose Parish Church

  • January 18, 2008 (Friday)

2:30 pm Mass for opening Salvo of Tribe Dancers
San Jose Parish Church
Plaza Libertad to main streets in the City
7:00 pm Coronation night, MS DINAGYANG
Freedom Grandstand

  • January 18-27, 2008 (Friday-Sunday)

Dinagyang Photo Exhibits on Display
SM City, Lower Ground Floor Unleased Area 4x4 sqm

  • January 19, 2008 (Saturday)

Iloilo Centennial Convention Center
8:00 am Praising Dance of Children
San Jose Parish Church
9:00 am Santo Niño Mass Barangay Children
San Jose Parish Church
10:00 am-11:30 am Parlor games and snacks for children
San Jose Parish Church

  • January 20, 2008 (Sunday)

8:00 am-12nn Medical-Dental Mission
San Jose Parish Church
8:00 am 6th MBCI National Mountain Bike Race
SM City, Parking Lot
10:00 am SM Storyland’s Little Dinagyang Warrior
Costume Contest, SM City
5:30 am-9:00 am Dinagyang Half marathon
Robinsons Place, Iloilo-Mabini-Gen. Luna-Sen. Benigno Aquino Ave.
To Pavia & back on same route

  • January 21-26, 2008 (Monday-Saturday)

8:30 am * 4th DUBAI National Bowling Championship
St. Elizabeth Bowling and Billiard Alleys (SEBBA)

  • January 21-27, 2008 (Monday-Sunday)

SM City Food Court Hallway
SM City Iloilo
Dinagyang Tourism Assistance Center
SM City, Lower Ground Floor and other malls

  • January 22 &23, 2008 (Tuesday-Wednesday)

Night Final Rehearsal, Dinagyang Ati Tribes 2008
Dinagyang Parade Route

  • January 22, 2008 (Tuesday)

10:00 am Healing mass for the sick, aged and abandoned children
San Jose Parish Church

  • January 23, 2008 (Wednesday)

8:00 am Arrival of Pilgrim Image of Señor Santo Niño from Cebu City
Iloilo Port Terminal
9:00 am Santo Niño Mass in English
5:00 pm Coronation of Princess Isabel 2008 and Niño Dinagyang 2008
San Jose Parish Church
3:00 pm Dinagyang Boxing Tournament
SM City, Front Covered Walk
5:00 pm Coronation of Princess Isabel 2008 & Dinagyang Niño Ambassador 2008, San Jose Parish Church
night final Rehearsal, Kasadyahan 2008
Dinagyang Parade Route

  • January 23-25 2008 (Wednesday-Friday)

7th Mayor Jerry P. Treñas Cup Golf Tournament
Iloilo Golf and Country Club
5:00 pm Dinagyang Showband Showdown (Grand Finals)
SM Activity Center

  • January 24-26, 2008 (Thursday-Saturday)

Open Darts Tournament
Marymart Center

  • January 24-76, 2008 (Thursday-Sunday)

2:00 pm-12mn Iloilo Hotel Resort & Restaurant Association (IHRRA) Food
Festival, Delgado St., Iloilo City

  • January 25, 2008 (Friday)

Freedom Grandstand
San Jose Auditorium
2:00 pm Dinagyang Kapamilya Dance Showdown
SM Activity Center
San Jose Parish Church
5:30 pm Santo Niño mass in English to be followed by blessings of
children, pregnant mothers Santo Niño images
San Jose Parish Church
• Best Dinagyang lead Dancers
Robinsons Mall
4:30 pm Blessing of children, pregnant mothers and Sto. Nino Image
8:00 pm Mayor Jerry P. Treñas Cup Golf Awarding
Iloilo Grand Hotel
5:00 pm-12mn Freeedom Grandstand

  • January 25-26, 2008 (Friday-Saturday)

Badminton Cup
January 25-27, 2008 (Friday-Sunday)
SM City Activity Center

  • January 25, 2008 (Friday)

SITTI with Eillen Sison/ Guarana band
8:00 am-6:00 pm 3rd Iloilo Dinagyang Badminton 2008
Iloilo Sports Complex

  • January 26, 2008 (Saturday)

5:00 am Dawn Procession walk with Mama Mary
San Jose Parish Church to Fort San Pedro
6:00 am Healing mass
Fort San Pedro
7:00 am Mass for Kasadyahan
San Jose Parish Church
8:00 am KASADYAHAN Competition
Freedom Grandstand and other stages
2:00 pm University of the Philippines Centennial Parade
Freedom Grandstand to UPV
4:30 pm Solemn Foot Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sr. Sto. Niño
San Jose Parish Church, Rizal St., Iznart St., Plazoleta Gay.,
JM Basa St., Plaza Libertad & back to San Jose Parish Church
8:00 pm Religious Sad-sad to Sr. Sto. Niño in front of San Jose Parish
8:00 pm ABS-CBN Hinugyaw
Provincial Capitol
8:00 pm Handog ng Bombo Radyo at Star FM sa Dinagyang
SM City, Parking Lot
RMN and Pronto Parledo Komposo sa Kahanginan
SM City Iloilo Activity Center
Sarabia Manor Hotel

  • January 26-27, 2008 (Saturday-Sunday)

6:00 pm-12mn Dinagyang Food Festival
SM City, Parking Lot

  • January 27, 2008 (Sunday)

6:30 am Concelebrated high mass for devotees, tribes, gov’t. officials, LOMAS in
attendance, San Jose Parish Church
Freedom Grandstand and other stages
Paseo Robinson’s Place
5:30 am-7:00 pm Regular Sunday Mass
San Jose Parish Church
8:00 am Dinagyang Photo Contest
7:00 pm 2008 Iloilo Dinagyang Awarding Ceremonies
Freedom Grandstand

  • January 28, 2008 (Monday)

5:30 pm Thanksgiving Mass with all members of 2008 Iloilo Dinagyang Festival Working Committees, San Jose Parish Church


Monday, January 21, 2008

Dinagyang Festival


The Best tourism event in the country...

Dinagyang Profile

The devotion to Señor Santo Niño started way back in 1521. The cross of Magellan and the image of Holy Child Jesus, the oldest and most historical relic in the Philippines, stands today as the two monuments that speak of the glorious discovery, foundation and Christian civilization of the Philippines. The image of Santo Niño was given to Queen Juana, wife of King Humabon of Cebu, as gift after she submitted herself to Christianization thru baptism in the Catholic faith and from then on, devotion to the Child Jesus flourished and grew.

Dinagyang is the most unusual of Ilonggo worship. Señor Santo Nino is the object dramatized offerings and prayers. It is a colorful cavalcade in honor of the Child Jesus amid the cracking beats of drums, shouts of "Viva Señor Santo Niño" and thundering "hala bira" of tribe members. Dinagyang has both religious and cultural activities supported by the San Jose Church , Iloilo City Government and Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc., in promoting the Ilonggo culture and traditions for tourism. An expression of worship and thanksgiving, this festival instills faith and love for God and country among our people. Truly, Dinagyang showcases Iloilo's best and without Senior Santo Nino, there would be no Dinagyang.

Dinagyang History

Attributed now to the annual, socio-cultural-religious festival of lloilo City, the word Dinagyang was coined by an old-timer, llonggo writer and radio broadcaster, the late Pacifico Sumagpao Sudario, and first used to name the festival when it was launched in 1977. lloilo City's Dinagyang has its early beginnings in 1968, when a replica of the image of Señor Santo Nino was brought from Cebu City to the San Jose Parish Church by Fr. Sulpicio Ebderes, OSA with a delegation of Cofradia del Sto. Nino, Cebu members. The image and party were enthusiastically welcomed at lloilo City by then parish priest of San Jose Church, Fr. Ambrosio Galindez, OSA, then Mayor Renerio Ticao, and the devotees of the Sto. Niño in
the City of Iloilo.

The image was brought to San Jose Parish Church and enshrined there up to this time, where a novena in His honor is held every Friday. Meanwhile, the Cofradia del Santo Nino, lloilo Chapter, was organized and the first set of officers were elected. to name a few: Fr. Ambrosio Galindez; Fiscal Vicente Gengos, first president of the Cofradia; Felisimo Almalvez; Aurelio Deriada; The late Tommy Panaguiton; Doroteo Fuentes; Mr & Mrs Esperidion Alcubilla & Dominador Rivera Jr. The first parish feast of Senor Santo Nino was celebrated in 1969, a year after his arrival in lloilo City. The culmination of the nine-day novena was the Fluvial Procession. In the early morning light of dawn, the revered Santo Niño image is borne on a decorative banca in a fluvial procession, starting from the mouth of the Iloilo River at Fort San Pedro, winding all the way to the lloilo Provincial Capitol which stands on the bank of the lloilo River.

If the festival had to be developed into a major tourist attraction, it would be so big in magnitude and the Cofradia thought that it could no longer cope with the demands tourist come-on. The year 1976 also brought another feature of the festival. Street revelry and audience participation were introduced and encouraged. At that point, the Santo Niño is met by the Hermano-Hermana Mayor, devotees, and Ati-atihan tribes. With the Santo Niño leading the foot procession starts, passing through the main streets of the city and ending up at San Jose Church, where a high mass is then celebrated. Every year since then, the image is venerated through religious celebration, with the Ati-atihan tracing its roots to the barter or purchase of Panay Island by the 10 Bornean datus from the Ati King, Marikudo, in the 13th century.