The Pride of Iloilo: Dinagyang

I had been hearing raves about Dinagyang's performance, but it was only last year when I was able to watch the grand champion's winning act. Lucky us who live in Manila, Aliwan Fiesta brings all the regional champions in Quirino Grandstand. My reaction - it was stunning. I had goosebumps as I watched them. And that's the day I promised myself Im going to Iloilo again to witness Dinagyang, upclose.


Where we stayed: Ong Bun Pension House
The room for 3 that we got was quite new compared to what Ive seen online. For the price of only P1,100 per night, we got a spacious A/C room with hot and cold shower. The location is very convenient. It is walking distance to Robinson's Mall and SM. Centrally located between Freedom Plaza and Judging area 2. Street parties are also held in this street. And wifi connection is good, and free of charge!

spacious room at Ong Bun

with hot and cold shower


Where we ate: Tatoy's, Breakthrough, Afrique's, Deco's Batchoy, and JD Bakeshop

me: ate, san po galing yung mangga nyo, sa guimaras?
tindera: sa palengke po.
me: ah ok. ^_^


Other places of interest: Miag-ao Church, Jaro Church, UP Visayas




Where we watched Dinagyang's perfromances: Street!
The night prior the much awaited street dance competition, Fhel, Mec, Nel, Carla, and I checked out the venues. We found out there would be 4 judging areas this year. The nearest to Ong Bun were Freedom plaza (#1) and #2. We thought the performance is for everyone to see, pero hindi pala. Tickets are being sold for P1,000 each! Grabe lang, it's too commercialized. Since we weren't prepared to pay such amount, we chose to be early on the street. There would be judging of street dancing too as the performers parade from one judging area to the next.

Four judging areas? Hindi ba na-consider ng organizers na low energy na ang dancers on the 3rd and 4th judging areas? Specially the dancers are going to perform on the streets too, under the heat of the sun. Trust me, wala ng energy yung iba as they dance. Oh well, that's their call.

The crowd is controlled. Barricades and police officers are everywhere. I just noticed walang pasaway sa Iloilo. Pag bawal sa area na yun, bawal talaga. That's discipline.

and this boy got the best seat

Did we regret watching in the street? Definitely not. We had more fun here. Not to mention Carla and I found the perfect spot to watch the street dance.

carinderia by the street - perfect
may upuan, may red horse, may super sarap na bbq, and restroom

May harang and crowd control, pero deadma na yan once the performers passed by. We pretended to be one of the photographers.

more fun in the barricade Ü


Dinagyang 2012 Photos

in character si kuya!


Papa Piolo?



According to some locals, Dinagyang means merry making. It was like a battle won by the soldiers. As for the feathers, the babaylans used the bird's blood as sign of good luck before the soldiers go the battle.






rock on carla! \m/

one with the crowd

hi baby!

Some were still energetic and some were not. I understand everyone sacrificed for this event. It's really not about the prize, but the pride.





happy to be part of Dinagyang 2012

There are 13 groups who performed. The grand champion looked familiar because they wore the same costume last year.
Anyway, moving on..




ang hirap ma-achieve ang dinagyang pose!

We went back to the hotel tired but truly happy, specially we were only charged less than P100 in the carinderia. Winner!

haggardo versoza to the max!

33 responses:

Chyng said...

fhel and mec, thank you. next time ulit, yes?

carla, thank you for my solo pics! i ♥ them!

ardee sean said...

events.. it's more fun in the philippines.. :P

Leah. said...

Ganda ng pictures.. and he does look like Papa P. harhar..

Hala Bira, Iloilo! Sulong sa pagbag-o! :D Namiss ko to, pero sige lang.. Next year, I'll make sure na.. Dinagyang 2013! :)

Gabz @ Pinoy Travel Freak said...

Sayang d tayo nagkita doon. :P

Ganda ng quality ng pictures. :)

Doni said...

Ohmagad ganda ng pics! Bakit sabay nanaman tayong may entry?

Kaasar di ako nakasama dyan! In fairness anlakas maka papa p. nun dancer ha..

Ganda ng entry, winner!

michi said...

will be here next week, naexcite na ko. =)

khantotantra said...

may upuan, may red horse, may super sarap na bbq, and restroom---> panalo to. yung di ka mafrufrustrate na maghanap ng pag-bladder break at stomach break. ehehehe

ansaya!

natawa ako kay papa P. lols

dong ho said...

hahaha... kakatuwa yung "gayahin ang trademark pose ni chyng". magagaya ko kaya yan. tingnan natin.

indeed iloilo's pride. si piolo?!! lol

docgelo said...

festive! ...kamuka nga ng 'ex ni kc' yung katabing mananayaw ni carla. nagulat ako when i scrolled down my screen and read your caption. sakto!

ang mura ng hotel! malinis pa. panalo!

Nicole said...

me: ate, san po galing yung mangga nyo, sa guimaras?
tindera: sa palengke po.
me: ah ok. ^_^

boom! Haha! Ang gaganda ng pictures! Enjoy na enjoy. :)

kat said...

Ganda ng photos mo, chyng! The accommodation is a steal. Thanks for the tip.

Untied Escape said...

Chyng talent na rin yang pag hunt mo ng budget friendly hotel ha, steal talaga. Dami nyong date ni Carla! Super nice!

Panalo c Papa P!

marxtermind said...

Si Teacher Carla may hawak na red horse! hahaha!

Chyng, may pulis sa lukid may hinuhuli ba un? Hahaha! =)

So OK lang pla kahit sa street, pede magpasaway! Sa Sinulog kasi ang hirap may naninita! =)

Photo Cache said...

super galing ng kuha mo chyng, pang travel magazine.

blissfulguro said...

tama ka nga chyng... bongga nga ang chorva ko dito sa post na ito... hahaha... kamusta naman ang blue tongue ko kasama si papa piolo!

mali ang caption mo sa mga solo pics mo. dapat; si chyng at ang mabigat na lente! ;p

at parang blog ko lang talaga at rereply ako sa iba...

@docgelo - ako naman ngayon ko lang napansin na si papa p. yun nung nakita ko :)

@gladys - dami na nga namin date talaga... kakatuwa

@marx - pag teacher di na pwedeng may hawak na serbesa?! hihihi... kung alam mo lang marx... ;p

thanks chyng! again and again...

Rizalenio said...

Wagi ang mga larawan!!! The best, Chyng. Hahahaha. Si Piolo nga!!! In karakter din ba? Parang bongga sya kumendeng. Tingin ko lang. :)

Senyor Lakwatsero said...

binalak ko ding pumunta ng dinagyang this year after watching their performance at aliwan last year pero ayun, di natuloy, hehehe. abangan ko na lang uli sila sa aliwan :-) great pictures as usual, chyng!

Sumi Go said...

Gaganda ng photos ate Chyng! Winner talaga! :D Gusto ko din maka-witness ng festivals like Dinagyang. Btw, nawindang ako kay papa Piolo XD

lakwatserong tatay said...

astig...nakakainggit...sana next time makasama ko sa mga gala mo...and of course gusto ko rin makakita nito...^_^

Wella Daynne said...

Ahh! Nice photos!! Nkkainggit.:) Too bad wasn't able to make it to Dinagyang.:/

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carlo said...

ikaw na ang certified source ko ng hotel accommodations :)

Edmaration etc said...

Ang saya naman dito Ms. Chyng. Napaka-colorful talaga ng Dinagyang. The photos speak about it. :))

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

i love your outfit dear! yun tlga una ko na notice! haha sayang d ko na naman to na witness, mukhang nahihilig ka na sa festival ah. ngreat captures as usual.

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

i love your outfit dear! yun tlga una ko na notice! haha sayang d ko na naman to na witness, mukhang nahihilig ka na sa festival ah. ngreat captures as usual.

Ichan said...

astig! iba tlga ang fiesta sa pilipinas! pang inis ung banat ni ate sa mangga! pupunta rin po b kau ng caracol sa makati?

Chyng said...

^ hi!
that's feb26 no? maybe. let's see =)

kg said...

nice! so colorful! i love festivals! :)

yung room nyo, in fairness, ang mura ha! :)

Ardee Mangawang said...

I missed the festival! Ngayon lang ako nakarating....

Nice photos! Makulay!
I will definitely come back.

jouz said...

well super ganda ng mga pics..hope nxt yr mkauwi ako dyan sa pinas..ang saya pala ryan..well nkita ko yong aliwan trhu internet..4 me dinagyang is d best..cgurado pagbakasyon ko dyan,manunuod tlaga ako ng dnagyang sa iloilo..thnx sa mga super pics..

Maui @ thetravelure said...

Ang saya ng pictures nyo and your entry! Di ako nakauwi this year but I heard it (Dinagyang) was extra crazy-fun this time! Glad to know nagenjoy kayo at nakamura pa! :D

GirlsRunTheWorld said...

Hi Chyng what lens did u used?

Chyng said...

^ hi, canon 18-200

mirka said...

Funny yung last pic, ikaw na yung huhulihin ng pulis. Mam dun lang po kayo sa kabilang side. :))

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