Dinagyang Monument Competition

To mark the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines, a Dinagyang Monument Regional Design Competition will be held.

The winning design in the competition will be used as the Dinagyang Monument Bronze Commemorative Statue along the Iloilo Esplanade near the University of San Agustin. 

CONCEPT: Bronze monument depicting the giving of the Sto. Niño to Queen Juana of Cebu, to its rediscovery, and the giving of the image to Iloilo which gave birth to the Dinagyang Festival 
Sto Nino USA

Concept Narrative of the Dinagyang Monument

The Dinagyang Monument is envisioned to be a set of tableaux of bronze sculptures, prominently placed at the Esplanade of Iloilo City, from where both the Ilonggos and the tourists can have a glimpse of the endearing cultural identity of the place. Its aim is to become a platform of commemoration of the rich history, culture and identity of the City and her people. Specifically, it celebrates how the devotion to the Holy Child Jesus, who is celebrated locally in the traditional Dinagyang, has become part of the cultural landscape of the Filipino community.

Themes &

The Dinagyang Monument will be erected in celebration of the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines in which the Augustinians have been greatly involved in.

The bronze monument is eyed as a landmark which is similar in height to the existing Datu Paiburong Monument erected at Esplanade 1, with the same material as that of the St. Augustine Scholar Statue found at the Plaza de San Agustin of the University of San Agustin.

The following elements must be incorporated into the monument design:

  1. Classical style
  2. A 360-degree artistic view
  3. The monument must contain these requirements:
    • The main character of the monument must be the Sto. Niño
    • There must be the stories of the giving of the Sto. Niño to Queen Juana, the rediscovery of the image during the arrival of the Augustinian friars, and the giving of the Sto. Niño to Iloilo which gave birth to the Dinagyang Festival
    • Pedestal complementing the monument
    • Design should be based on historical, archaeological and cultural research

Guidelines and Submission of Entries

1. Each participant is only allowed to submit one (1) entry. His or her entry must be an original work, exclusively conceptualized and executed by the participant for the Dinagyang Monument Regional Design Competition in celebration of the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines. The entry must not have been exhibited before, revised, and recognized in other competitions within Western Visayas or outside the region. A notarized certificate of original design is required.


The competition is open to:

Western Visayans, or citizens of Western Visayas

Who are at least eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of submission of initial entry;

With valid Tax Identification Number (TIN) issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)

Competition organizers*, as well as their relatives by consanguinity or affinity up to the third civil degree are not eligible to participate in the design competition.


Prizes and Awarding of Winners

1. The three (3) finalists shall be exhibited in the University of San Agustin.

2. The winner and selected design will be posted on the University of San Agustin Official
Website and social media accounts.

3. The prizes are as follows:
       a. 1st Prize: PhP200,000.00
       b. 2nd Prize: PhP100,000.00
       c. 3rd Prize: PhP50,000.00
       d. 4th and 5th Prize: PhP10,000.00 each

Calendar of Activities and Deadlines

16 February 2021 
Launching of the Dinagyang Monument Regional Design Competition

17 May 2021
Deadline of submission of entries, application form, and documentary requirements

15 July 2021
Announcement of the three (3) finalists (through the official website and social media accounts). Finalists will be notified by the University of San Agustin via e-mail.

16 August 2021 
Deadline of submission of the maquettes and technical drawings until 5:00 PM at the  Philanthropic, External and Alumni Relations Office, G/F Dolce Garcia Hall, University of San Agustin, General Luna St., Iloilo City.

28 August 2021
Awarding of Winners

Donors for the Dinagyang Monument Design Competition

The University of San Agustin together with the Zonta Club of Iloilo City, Inc., Office of the Iloilo Provincial Government, Office of the Congressman of the Lone District of Iloilo City, Office of the Iloilo City Government, National Historical Commission of the Philippines, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and the Friends of St. Augustine would like to thank the following donors for their generosity in making the Dinagyang Monument Design Competition a success.

Madamo guid nga Salamat!

Atty. Dwight Trasadas 50,000.00
Cong. Julienne Baronda 100,000.00
Jojo Ang/ International Builders Corp 100,000.00
Dr. Leila dela Llana 25,000.00
Samuel So Jr. 50,000.00
Putli Fuerte 10,000.00
Jot Tiongco-Plotner 5,000.00
Frances Aurelia Rubin-Halanes 10,000.00
Darlene Ardena-Go 10,000.00
Arlene Martin 5,000.00
Rollin Tabuena- Ma Daisy Tabuena 10,000.00
Max de los Reyes 10,000.00
Virma Yas 4000

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