The Grandest Philippine Fiesta – Aliwan

You should not miss the Biggest, the Most Colorful and Most Exciting Annual Festival event in the Philippines – Aliwan Fiesta.

Since 2003, it is always the Grandest Fiesta of Philippine Festivals and it’s official website: http://www.aliwanfiesta.com.ph says “it is a showcase how religion, culture, and tradition are woven into the fiber of our existence. Traditional fiestas, which are held annually to commemorate the foundation of a town or province, or honoring its patron saint, are brought together en masse to highlight the Pinoy’s indomitable and ebullient spirit, together with his mien for creativity and innovation. With most major fiestas rooted in the pre-colonial period, there is understandably a festival sector that celebrates Nature’s bounty. Our Filipino forebears worshipped pagan gods who, to them, were responsible for bountiful harvests on land and sea.”

This year, two Leyte contingents tightly competed for the grand champ title in the Street Dance category – the Buraburon Festival of Burauen failed to defend it’s 2018 champion title against Pasaka Festival of Tanauan now the 2019 Grand Aliwan Festival Champion. Manggahan Festival contingent of Guimaras placed 3rd.

In the Float Competition category, Tacloban’s ‘Through the Years’ float hailed as the Champion, while Cebu Sinulog’s IPI 60th year and Palabuni-bunyan of Parang, Maguindanao, placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Ms Sinulog Festival bet Nicole Vance Borromeo crowned as the Reyna ng Aliwan 2019.

WATCH!!! Aliwan Fiesta 2019

Always check the Aliwan’s official website for updates and other announcement: Aliwan Fiesta

Philippine’s Grandest Aliwan Fiesta @ Sweet 16

The Grandest Parade and Competition of all fiestas in the Philippines – Aliwan Fiesta turns 16 in 2018.

The Aliwan Fiesta tradition started in 2003 and it’s been consistent of  showcasing the fiestas of different provinces and witness them all in one BIG Fiesta event in Quirino Grandstand,  Manila and CCP Complex, Pasay. Contingents from different places in the country compete in three categories: Reyna ng Aliwan beauty pageant, Float Parade and Street Dance competition.

I remember the first time I took video footages of Aliwan Fiesta was in 2008 using my analog moibile phone camera, that’s why videos during that time had very poor qualities but regardless of this, it is always a treasure to document the historical event of Philippine culture, watching all the fiestas performances in an annual big occasion.

The following Aliwan videos have been shot using analog mobile phone cameras, compact digital cameras and the latest using smart phone digital cameras. You can see the progression or improvement of qualities.

 

The Aliwan Fiesta journey continues and I’m always excited to see the performance of all the contingents. Every performance is a masterpiece because every culture is treasured . See you all next year and in the succeeding years after.

Check out Aliwan website: http://www.aliwanfiesta.com.ph/aliwan2.5/