aaaaliiiiwaaaaan naaaa!

april is the time of the year which i look forward to not because i turn another year wiser, but because i will again experience one of the best  visual delights in manila.

now on its 11th year, aliwan fiesta will bring colors to the ordinary and busy thoroughfares in the metropolis once more in the most awaited street dance and float parade competition. 
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hosted by the manila broadcasting company (MBC) and the cultural center of philippines (CCP), aliwan fiesta 2013 will surely attract local and foreign tourists as each province showcases its own culture and heritage through its colorful costumes and ethnic dances.
i am as excited as the contingents in this annual event touted as “the grand festival of champions”. 
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since its conception in 2003, i have been a patron and spectator of this three-day festival for six years now. being a manila resident, it was easy for me to go to the ccp complex even on the opening day. my mission? to look for new ethnic accessories, native house decors, and furniture.  
it was in 2006 when i started attending this gathering. that year, i was able to mingle and dance with the street dancers. unfortunately, the documentation that we had here was first posted at friendster (the popular social networking site before facebook banished it from the net), and i failed to keep my back-up files (there i go again). it was one colorful experience i had with my family and nieces, making them realize their very rich filipino heritage.
in 2007, i went to the venue witnessing the participants’ professionalism and sacrifices as they continued with the street parade in the rain. year 2008 had me dropping by the stalls on the last day of the festival after my monthly check-up at the san juan de dios hospital.
when we transferred to las pinas city in 2010, i had to schedule my visit to the same area after missing it in 2009.
clearly at the start of this article, i am sure to be in attendance for this year as it is an enjoying tour around our country in just a day. 

so, come and be part of these festivities and experience entertainment or amusement (meaning of the tagalog word “aliwan”) as we continue to promote the beauty of the philippines.

below is the aliwan fiesta 2013 schedule of activities from
april  11, 2013   –PasaKalye: Inter School Dance Competition
april  12, 2013   –Reyna ng Aliwan Pageant Night
april 13, 2013 – Streetdance and Float Parade Competition,Reyna ng Aliwan Coronation, and Awarding Ceremony for the Aliwan 2013 Festival Winners
and here is the official list of aliwan fiesta contingents who will compete for the one million grand prize in the street dancing and half a million prize for the best float.
1) Ang Tipulo Festival of Antipolo City
2) Pamulinawen Festival of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
3) Panagbenga Festival of Baguio City
4) Bangus Festival of Dagupan City, Pangasinan
5) Mango Festival of in Iba, Zambales
6) Pandang Gitab Festival of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro
7) Mahaguyog Festival for Batangas’ Ala-eh
8) Fiesta de Toros of Nasugbu Batangas
9) Unod Festival of Castilla, Sorsogon
10) Lumad Basakanon for the Sinulog of Cebu
11) Tribu Panayanon for Iloilo Dinagyang
12) Salakayan of Miag-ao for Iloilo’s Kasadyaan
13) Kabankalan’s Sinulog for Negros Occidental
14) Pasaka Festival of Tanauan, Leyte
15) Tuna Festival of General Santos City
16) Padang-Padang Festival of Parang, Maguindanao
17) Sagayan Festival of Buluan, Maguindanao
18) Zamboanga Hermosa Festival of Zamboanga City
19) Kalivungan Festival of Midsayap, North Cotabato
oh, my! i really don’t want to miss this affair! 
SLR camera, where art thou? 🙂

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2 thoughts on “aaaaliiiiwaaaaan naaaa!

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  1. Then, request the hubby to ship that DLSR cam for you as a birthday gift 🙂

    My first first time to know about this festival which is annually held in April. I do have my appreciation for anything ethic ( dance, songs, festivals and parade ) but I don’t go out of my way to watch it except on the small screen or see colorful pics in magz–why not see it live this time? But definitely we won’t bump into each other probably because you’re out there dancing on the street with the participants, haha…

    btw, I remember you when I saw this? I am pretty sure you haven’t forgotten Ramayana. See it in ethnic art.


  2. hehehehe…easier said than done as regards requesting. 🙂 got more priorities than the cam, friend. 🙂 it can wait.

    i think there was a year when they had this in may which was already a rainy month.

    most definitely! got to join in the dancing. you know my feet – sometimes uncontrollable when they hear upbeat music. hahahahaha…:-)

    thanks for sharing the link. i will always have the heart for ethnic arts. how i wish i were gifted to paint, too.


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