Dinagyang Festival 2012 - List of Winners

A new set of winners emerged during the Dinagayang Festival 2012 held on January 22, 2012. The main part of the festival is the street-dancing where a number of “tribes”, called “tribus” (see list of tribes here), who are supposed to be Ati tribe members, dance in celebration. All dances are performed to drum music, with participants don on colorful indigenous materials and body paints.

This year, the Tribu Pan-ay of Fort San Pedro National High School (FSPNHS), the grand champion of last year's competition and also champion of last year's Aliwan Festival - The Philippines' Festival of Champions retained their crown being this year's Dinagyang Festival Champion. Its eagle-inspired costume and movements coupled with its masterfully crafted rhythm received standing ovation from the audience, composed of foreign and local tourists, at the main performance area at the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand.

It also won minor awards for best in costume designer, best in musical director, best in music, best in choreography and best in performance. Its choreographer, Rommel Flogen, was declared the best. Each minor award is worth P10,000.

Meanwhile, Salakayan Festival (Miag-ao, Iloilo) won the grand champion prize in the “Kasadyahan” category held on Saturday, January 21, 2012. Both champion, tribu Pan-ay and Salakyan Festival will represent Iloilo during the Aliwan Fiesta 2012 in Manila on April of this year.

Watch the thanksgiving performance of Tribu Pan-ay at Iloilo City Freedom Grandstand here:

Also here:

Here are the winners of the ILOILO DINAGYANG FESTIVAL 2012:

Opening Salvo:
Best in Costume – Tribu Pan-ay
Best in Discipline – Tribu Pan-ay
Best in Performance – Tribu Pan-ay
Best in Street Dance – Tribu Lunok
Best Headdress – Tribu Paghidaet

Special Awards:
Best in Discipline- Tribu Paghidaet
Best Costume Designer- Tribu Pan-ay
Best Musical Director – Tribu Pan-ay
Best Choreograper – Tribu Pan-ay

Minor Awards:
Best in Music – Tribu Pan-ay
Best in Performance- Tribu Pan-ay
Best in Choreography – Tribu Pan-ay

Major Awards (Ati-ati Tribes Competition Winners):
Champion: Tribu Pan-ay - Fort San Pedro National High School
1st RU: Tribu Lunok - Iloilo City National High School
2nd RU: Tribu Ilonganon - Jalandoni National High School
3rd RU: Tribu Paghidaet - Lapaz National High School 
4th RU: Tribu Atub-Atub- Barangay Veterans Village, Iloilo City
Kasadyahan Regional Cultural Contest 2012 Winners:
CHAMPION - Salakayan Festival (Miag-ao, Iloilo)
1st Runner-up - Tribu Mandaragat, Binirayan Festival (Antique)
2nd Runner - Sinulog sng Urakon Festival (Sibunag, Guimaras)
3rd Runner-Up -Sinadya Sa Halaran Festival (Capiz)
4th Runner-up - Tribu Maragtas (WVSU, Iloilo)
The Dinagyang is a religious and cultural festival in Iloilo City, Philippines held on the fourth Sunday of January, or right after the Sinulog In Cebu and the Ati-Atihan in Aklan. It is held both to honor the Santo NiƱo and to celebrate the arrival on Panay of Malay settlers and the subsequent selling of the island to them by the Atis.

Photo Credit: DINAGYANG FESTIVAL (Iloilo, Philippines)
Video Credit: The owner of the video

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