Posted by April 15, 2013on
It’s a fact. Aliwan fiesta is getting bigger and better each year. This year we saw 17 festivals compete for the 1Million Peso Grand Prize at the Aliwan Fiesta 2013 edition.
Based on the last eight Aliwan Fiestas that i have covered. Seventeen is quite a small number. But this is also very understandable as there’s also a trend that the number of contingents actually goes down during the election year.
We may have seen fewer contingents this year, but the intensity of the competition is still there. This year we saw four first timers enter the Top 10.
During the entire streetdancing competiton, it was clear that Iloilo City’s Dinagyang Festival is set to take home their 4th straight Aliwan Fiesta Crown. But the battle for the second to tenth place is quite tough. One could not easily say which festival is going home with the Half Million Prize as the second place winner.
One thing is sure, Almost all of Mindanao Contingents have leveled up. Everyone has improved. The costumes are really eye-catching, the choreography has also improved. Kudos to all the choreographers who has really made so much effort in incorporating folklore, legends and local practices into their dances.
This is how Aliwan fiesta should be. a festival showcasing the cultural diversity of the Philippines.
I am emuch delighted to see the performances of Kalivungan Festivalof Midsyap North Cotabato, Padang Padang Festival of Parang Maguindanao, Meguyaya Festival of Upi Maguindanao and Adivay Festival of Kabayan Benguet.
Padang-Padang Festival and Meguyaya Festival are no strangers to me. These festivals have been joining the Aliwan for quite sometime now, but has never been near the top 5 spot.
A few weeks ago, I made my forecast. (Read: This was even before the competition) In no particular order my top 5 were Dinagyang from Iloilo, Zamboanga Hermosa, Meguyaya Festival, PadangPadang Festival, and Sagayan Festival.
Right after the competition, I changed my Top 5 to Dinagyang, Meguyaya, Padang Padang, Kalivungan, and Adivay.
I was surprised at Kalivungan Festival. I have seen their prior performances in youtube as well as their blocking rehearsal performance. The dance was not really polished. but they have greatly improved. Very good execution.
Adivay Festival of Kabayan Benguet is one of the biggest surprises of all. Adivay is a first timer, so nobody really expected them to shine during the Saturday’s competition,. They were actually the Champion of this year’s Panagbenga Festival in Baguio City.
Thsyear, we also witnessed another first in aliwan fiesta. This time they gave out special awards for the StreetDancing Competition.
Iloilo City’s Dinagyang Festival bagged the Best in Costume and Best in Music Award, while the Adivay Festival won the Best in Folkloric Interpretation.
At the end of the day, Iloilo Dinagyang claimed their fourth straightAliwan Fiesta title. It as a convincing win, I must say. I like the concept of dinagyang this year. They portrayed the Ilongo folklore Bakunawa. the mythical sea dragon that eats the moon from the heavens which causes the lunar eclipse.
Aside from the Grand Street Dancing competition, there’s also the Reyna ng Aliwan and the Float Competition.
Cebu Sinulog’s Jamie Herrell won the fifth straight Reyna ng aliwan for Cebu. foour of these five titles courtesy of Cebu Sinulog Festival. Last year’s reyna ng aliwan was from toledo City Cebu representing the Hinulawan Festival. I dunno if any town city or province can still beat this 5-year streak. Cebu is indeed a province of pretty ladies.
For the float Category, It was also a convincing win (at least for me!) for Alang lang Leyte. The float is entitled Bahandi han Eastern Visayas. the float showcases the jewels of the region that they are truly pruoud of. among them the Basey Banig, San Juanico Bridge and other products. Festival dancers dressed in various costumes were also on the float.
All in all, it was a grande celebration of the Cultural diversity of the Philippines. Once again we show to the world that we are a nation of love to party. We are a nation of talented dancers, musicians, and artisans. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!
Aliwan Fiesta 2013 is a great success. In the 11th year of Aliwan Fiesta this is probably the most attended edition ever. There were just so many photographers and spectators from Quirino Grandstand, along the stretch of Roxas Boulevard down to Aliw theater.
Congratulations to Manila Broadcasting company for successfully stagin the aliwan Fiesta this year. Next Year naman! I hope that by 2014 more festival would compete. I am hoping to see Surigao’s Bonok Bonok Marajaw Karajaw, Bacolod MassKara Festival, Camiguin’s Lanzones, Pintaflores festival of San Carlos city, Kadayawan sa Davao, Talakudong of Tacurong, Buyogan of Abuyog, Lingganay of alang alang leyte, and Lumad Basakanon of Cebu Sinulog Festival.
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