April 26, 2019
A collection of grand visual spectacles now known as the Aliwan Fiesta once again gathers champion streetdance contingents from the different regions to celebrate the country’s biggest and most popular festivals in a single venue.
Mounted by the Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC), Star City, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), in cooperation with the cities of Manila and Pasay, the annual attraction kicked off yesterday at the CCP Complex and will run until Saturday, April 27.
Traditional fiestas, which are held annually to commemorate the foundation of a town or province, or honoring its patron saint, are brought together to highlight the Filipino’s indomitable and ebullient spirit, along with his mien for creativity and innovation. The event harnesses the power of Philippine festivals to showcase how religion, culture, and tradition are woven into the fiber of the nation.
Along with a bevy of beauties, and master craftsmen who painstakingly construct floats using the most arresting mechanical and technical ideas, Aliwan Fiesta has invited local government units to bring to the fore local pride through their artistic talents, resources, and produce – all depicting traditional folklore. Fabulous prizes are at stake in this much-awaited event, which features the best of these fiesta islands.
Competing in this year’s festival dance category are the Bodong Festival of Pinukpok, Kalinga (represented by Saint Teresita’s High School); Panagbenga Festival of Baguio City, Benguet (represented by Baguio City National High School); the Pangisdaan Festival of Navotas (represented by Hayuma Cultural Dance Troupe); Halamanan Festival of Guiguinto, Bulacan.
Dinamulag Mango Festival of Zambales (represented by the town of Masinloc); Niyogyugan Festival of Quezon Province (represented by the town of Pagbilao); Tayo Na Sa Antipolo Maytime Festival (represented by San Jose National High School); Sambalilo Festival of Cavinti, Laguna; Manggahan Festival of Guimaras (represented by Hubon Guimarasnon).
Buraburon Festival of Burauen, Leyte (represented by Tribu Buraburon); Pintados Kasadyaan Festival of the Province of Leyte (represented by the Pasaka Festival of Tanauan); Meguyaya Festival of Upi, Maguindanao (represented by Sabaken National High School); Tarakuku festival of Mother Kabuntalan, Maguindanao (represented by Kabuntalan National High School); and the Kapatagan Festival of Kapatagan, Lanao del Sur.
Participating floats include Ykalinga; Panagbenga; the Palakaya of Navotas; Para Aqui from Parañaque; Bangka de Muntinlupa; Dayang Dayang of Pasay City; Singkaban of Bulacan; Halamanan of Guiguinto; Pamilya from Catanauan, Quezon; Masaya ang Pamilya sa Masayang Laguna from San Pablo City, the Tagultol Fishing Festival of Atimonan, Quezon.
IPI 60th Year-Sinulog, Cebu; Tacloban Through the Years; Panuluganen from Cotabato City; Siniratan a Laminan from Sultan Kudarat; Meguyaya Festival of Upi, Maguindanao; Kapasiti a Lemba from Mother Kabuntalan, Maguindanao; Kuyog a Kang’lal from Sultan Mastura, Maguindanao; Sarimanok from Kapatagan, Lanao del Sur; and Palabuni-bunyan from ARMM.
Twenty-four lovely young ladies representing the different festivals all over the country take to the outdoor stage in front of the Aliw Theater tonight for the Reyna ng Aliwan Pageant. Festivities will culminate with the grand parade and streetdance showdown, which kicks off at Quirino Grandstand at 4 p.m. tomorrow, traversing Roxas Boulevard en route to the CCP Complex, and capped by the awarding ceremonies at 9 p.m.
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