ALIWAN FIESTA 2013: THE GATHERING OF PHILIPPINE FESTIVALS

Cancelled out of town trip with my friends brought me to Aliwan Fiesta 2013.  I was hesitant to watch and shoot because of the hot weather and I am not into festivals but since I live near the area and some friends will be there,  I gave in.

Aliwan Fiesta is a yearly event that gathers different festivals of the Philippines. Organized by Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) and Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), its main objective is to showcase  various Filipino culture and heritage in one event. Aliwan Fiesta is divided into three catergories: the Cultural Dance Contest, Float Parade and Reyna ng Aliwan Beauty Pageant.

We arrived past 3PM at the venue and the show hasn’t started.  I roamed around the vicinity to observe. Some of the performers practiced their routine, some of them prepared their props and of some them are resting, saving their energy for their act later. Most of the visitors, including me were at the area Tribu Panayanon watching their dance and drums routine.

THE COLORS AND THE BEATS (DINAGYANG FESTIVAL – TRIBU PANAYANON OF ILOILO CITY)

PLATOON LIKE FORMATION (MAHAGUYOG FESTIVAL OF STO. TOMAS, BATANGAS)

CHILLAX BEFORE THE PERFORMANCE (MEGUYAYA FESTIVAL OF UPI MAGUINDANAO)

Since we don’t have a photographer’s pass. We just squeezed ourselves to  Quirino Grandstand and found a good spot between the judge’s area and photo pit. Other spectators discovered how to get in our spot and it started to get crowded.  I must admit that I was annoyed by others who constantly bump and shoot with their cameras in my line of sight (read as: in front of my face).

LEYTE’S SINULOG, IT MIMICS THE COLORFUL LIFE UNDER THE SEA (PASAKA FESTIVAL OF LEYTE)

SINULOG DANCE IS THE TRADITIONAL AND RITUAL DANCE IN HONOR OF STO. ÑINO (PASAKA FESTIVAL OF LEYTE)

STO. NIÑO EVERYWHERE (PASAKA FESTIVAL OF LEYTE)

SUNFLOWER LADIES (ADIVAY FESTIVAL OF BENGUET)

After getting tired of standing and jockeying for position, I just decided to sit at the back and wait for the Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City. They are the the first to be inducted as Aliwan Hall of Fame winning five times (including three straight ) and three second place finish. I was surprised that we have a contingent in the said event, the Dalaksagaw Festival of Baseco, Tondo, Manila. Tondo Represent!

GETTING READY FOR ACTION (TRIBU PANAYANON – DINAGYANG FESTIVAL OF ILOILO)

We left after Dinagyang Festival’s performance because we were very tired and hungry. I read in the news that Dinagyang Festival won again as the grand prize, that makes them champion for 4 consecutive years. I guess I have to make plans on watching them on the actual Dinagyang Festival.

RUN! RUN! RUN! (TRIBU PANAYANON – DINAGYANG FESTIVAL OF ILOILO)

DISPLAY OF TECHNICOLOR OUTFITS (TRIBU PANAYANON – DINAGYANG FESTIVAL OF ILOILO)

HIGH ENERGY DANCE ROUTINE (TRIBU PANAYANON – DINAGYANG FESTIVAL OF ILOILO)

FIERCE BUT GRACEFUL (TRIBU PANAYANON – DINAGYANG FESTIVAL OF ILOILO)

HEART POUNDING BEATS, FACE AND BODY PAINTING WITH BRIGHTLY COLORED COSTUMES (TRIBU PANAYANON – DINAGYANG FESTIVAL OF ILOILO)

THIS IS SPARTAAAAA! NOT! (TRIBU PANAYANON – DINAGYANG FESTIVAL OF ILOILO)

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7 responses

  1. Victor Rolfe

    Hi,

    I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed your photography of the Aliwan Fiesta!

    I was looking for either a Facebook “like” button or a Share on Twitter button – but i could not see either. I don’t know anything about WordPress…

    Anyway, I will share the link manually on my facebook page!

    Best regards,

    Vic Rolfe

    Mobile phone numbers: Belgium: +32 483 414 279 UK: +44 758 555 1226 Philippines: +63 939 544 8560

    ________________________________

    April 18, 2013 at 10:42 am

  2. gaganda ng pix mo koyang, panalo!

    check mo din pix ko sa website ko http://www.eacayanphoto.com, salamat!

    April 18, 2013 at 3:18 pm

  3. Why Leyte’s sinulog version? In Leyte we have the PINTADOS-KASADYAAN FESTIVALs OF FESTIVAL in honor of senior santo niño. The top winners are supported to join sinulog and aliwan if they want to compete. Just like dinagyang (for santo niño). anyway i love reading and seeing your photos.

    April 18, 2013 at 5:57 pm

  4. the lady on your first photo is my favorite! ang galing nya sumayaw…. she was parting the photographers out of her with a wave of her hands while dancing on the street!

    April 18, 2013 at 9:16 pm

  5. Shan

    It was our Alma Mater school represented Tribu Panayanon and I was also there to support. You may watch the Dinagyang Festival Live in Iloilo City either 3rd or 4th Sunday of January. Thank you so much for the capture and posting them way to go!

    April 19, 2013 at 10:57 am

  6. marvin

    where was this taken? is it in Quirino Grand Stand or in front of Aliwan?

    April 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm

  7. @victor
    many thanks man!

    @ezra
    many thanks for the appreciation!

    @chan
    thanks for the additional info

    @ian
    she is my favorite too! she is very graceful.

    @shan
    wow! i really hope i can them live in iloilo.

    @marvin
    quirino grandstand sir

    April 24, 2013 at 11:06 am

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