Posted by March 14, 2013on
The Philippines’ Festival of Champions is fast approaching. Aliwan Fiesta 2013 promises to be bigger and grander this year! Organized by the Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) in cooperation with the Cities of Manila and Pasay, aliwan Fiesta brings to MetroManila the country’s biggest, most colorful, and the loudest festivals from all over the country in a three day Grand Cultural Extravaganda.
Aliwan fiesta is a good event for Filipinos to explore the rich cultural diversity of the Philippines. Through events like these we get to learn and discover the unique practices and dances of other places.
And who are the frontrunners for this year’s competition? Here’ I will give you a list of the Who’s who for this year’s Aliwan Fiesta 2013. Of course nothing is definite. There will always be some surprises and disappointments. But I have high hopes that these group would finish on the Top 5 or at the very least, top 10. In no particular order:
Dinagyang Festival (old photo, 2011)
1. Dinagyang Festival, Iloilo City – The Defending Champion. They are gunning for a 4peat this year. This year they will be represented by Tribu Panayanon, formerly the Tribu Lunok of Iloilo City National High School. I love their portrayal of the Ilonggo foktale about Bakunawa, or the Sea Monster, who caused the eclipse by eating the moon.
2. Sinulog Festival, Cebu City – The Former aliwan Fiesta Hall of Famer winner is back in Aliwan. I am one of the happiest when I learned that Lumad Basakanon from Basak San Nicolas will comete in this years competition. The group won first runner up in sinulog Festival 2013, Free Interpretation category.
3. Zamboanga Hermosa Festival – The group finished First Runner Up in 2010. And every time they oin the competition, they never fail impress the judges, thus they are always on the elite Top 10 list.
4. Pasaka Festival, Tanauan Leyte – I have seen them perform last June in Pintados Kasadyaan, The Festival of Festivals of the Province of Leyte. I was actually one of the judges there. They finished first runner up. They may not have won the title in Leyte, but I am still confident that they can finish at least atop 5 here in Aliwan Fiesta.
5. Sagayan Festival, Buluan Maguindanao – I have high hopes for this group. The recently won as the grand Champion of Kalilangan Festival in General Santos City. The group’s head choreographer is Allan Laguyo. The same guy who handled Purok Sison Elementary school who represented the Lembuhong Festival of Surallah South Cotabato during the previo9ous Aliwan Fiesta competitions. Last year, Sir Allan trained the dancers of Bambad National high School of Isulan South Cotabato. They finished First runner up in T’nalak Festival in south cotabato, and won the Grand Prize in Kadayawan sa Davao 2012.
6. Padang Padang Festival, Parang Maguindanao – If I am not mistaken, their head choreographer also handled last year the Notre Dame of Santo Nino of Koronadal, South Cotabato representing the Tnalak Festival. (Could somebody confirm this?) They won the Tnalak Festival in 2012, and finished First runner up in kadayawan sa Davao 2012.
7. Meguyaya Festival- Th festival showcases the colorful culture of the Teduray people of Mindanao. They have always been joining the Aliwan fiesta and never fails to enter the Top 10 every time they join the competition. Their colorful costume coupled with quick choreography makes the group a crowd favorite from among the Mindanao delegations.
8. Pandang Gitab Festival, Oriental Mindoro – Another Festival from Luzon that could possibly make an upset. They were 5th (or 4th?) during the festival’s 2011 edition.
So there you go. My list for this year’s Aliwan fiesta 2013.
Lumad basakanon photo by Don Trivino
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