The Pride of Aliwan Fiesta 2011

Over 5,000 dancers, musicians, and artisans gather in Manila to compete for the annual Aliwan Fiesta. Think of the most celebrated festivals all over the Philippines, including the streetdancing, costumes, and vibes. They're all here in Manila to showcase their winning performances. And the best part - we can watch it for free! ^_^


Im thankful Dom invited me to witness it this year. Else, tatamarin na naman ako pumunta. We arrived in Quirino Grandstand 2 hours prior the event, just in time to mingle & talk with the participants, and take photos of course.

(as the competition proper started, Dom and I jumped over the bakod, looked for a good seat, and just watched the performances)


Hermosa Festival of Zamboanga

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Kampamagayon Festival

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Sosogon Festival of Sorsogon City

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Lembuhong Festival of South Cotabato

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Calacatchara Festival of Batangas

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Ibon Ebon Festival of Candaba, Pampanga

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Tribu Pantat, Kasadyahan Festival of Iloilo

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Kalimudan Festival of Sultan Kudarat

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Kalilangan Festival of General Santos

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Pakalog Festival of Pasig City

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Every performance is a feast in the eyes, but this one's the most outstanding. My jaw dropped upon watching them. Super showmanship!




all eyes on Dinagyang


all natural hair -wigs not needed!


in character agad siya!


yosi break muna


men from the province look very appealing, agree? ^_^


the winning getup - head over feet

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Aside from the colorful costumes and props, and the impressive performances - it's more overwhelming to know that:
- the participants have arrived in Manila as early as April 7. That's 9 days prior the competition.
- they reached Manila via bus! (very long road trip from Mindanao, grabe!)
- public schools around the metro become their temporary homes. (not very comfortable at all)
- their respective local governments sponsor their food and fare.
- the kids have daily allowances.
- the kids cant roam around Manila yet, not until the competition is over. (sana nakapag-OceanPark sila before going home)
- a teacher is assigned to 7-8 students, and she's liable if that student made a mistake while performing (seryoso talaga sila to make this perfect!)
- incomparable dedication makes everyone of them a winner.
- winning the competition is never about the prize - it's all about the PRIDE.


my Iloilo, my city
my Dinagyang, my Pride
winner of Aliwan Fiesta 2011


No wonder, Dom and I got interested to be part of their winning team!


Thank you Dom! Next time yung real thing na! Or if not, please invite me to your future trips - down south, yes? Salamat at Ayu-ayu! =)


1st part of audition palang - failed na! =)


waves to Sidney Snoeck and Enrico Dee, nice meeting you!

please let me know if anything needs to be corrected here

44 responses:

Chyng said...

Next time, dont miss the chance to watch these premier festivals' float and parades for free - and around Manila lang. Sulit! =)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

I saw their performance in youtube... true winner talaga sila... i missed it na naman... sana next year maka-attend nako... sama ako pag nag audition kayu... sabihin ko nalang ilonggo din ako, sweet naman ako eh... baka maniwala sila... hahaha!!!

Rambling Sensations said...

Before my first Aliwan, tinatamad din ako pumunta. But after watching the festival last year, I vowed to never miss the event. Pagaling sila ng pagaling. Even Dinagyang's entry this year was better that last year's.

Mr. Chan said...

sobrang makukulay ang kuha mo.

i've never attended any festivals :)

sana makapunta din ako minsan :)

Thanks Chyng for posting

thehappywife said...

grabe ang ganda! nice photos sis, very colorful at buhay na buhay. :)

Con Tour said...

Sayang chyng, hindi mo yata nakuhaan ang Bukidnon-Kaamulan. Di sana maski hindi ka nakarating ng Bukidnon, parang mo na ring narating ito dyan sa Aliwan Festival. Hinanap ko nga eh, sa pictures mo. South Cotabato lang. Very colorful talaga. I like it. Parang mahawa na ako ni Enrico Dee nito ah, na line talaga niya ang festival. Maganda pala talaga pag festival?

empi said...

Mas nag enjoy siguro ako kung nakapunta ako sa event na yan.

adventurousfeet said...

sabi mo di ka pa nakapagfestival, yan so proud of this post! lahat ng festival nawitness mo agad! hehe!

MarLiesTravels said...

ms. chyng! every april ba ito lagi? thanks!

nice pics as usual! keep it up! :)

blissfulguro said...

ibang klase talaga ang mga training niyang mga 'yan... 'pag 'di ka sanay sa mura eh iiyak ka... magaling talaga ang "dinagyang" group... dance troupe din kasi dati sa west visayas state university ang coach nila kaya mabangis...:) nakakabilib talaga ang dedication ng mga coach at participants...

tina said...

wow ang kulay! ang ganda ng pextures :) Hi Dom din! :)

XOXORSTEEN said...

wuhooo.PROUD ILONGGO HERE! <3

Mel said...

Hailing from Iloilo and having seen in person the Dinagyang festivities for years (I haven't for the past 6 years though), I can say these kids' dedication and passion for what they do is amazing.

I'm hoping to snag a chance to enjoy the festivities again next year when I visit my hometown. :)

nina said...

So ano, mag fe-festival ka na ba sa probinsya? :D

pusang kalye said...

at kaya pala wala ka sa TBR event andito ka. diba isa to sa mga goals mo this year.immersion sa mga festivals? does this count? so, anu ang verdict? fan kanaba ng mga festivals ngyn. nauna pa to kesa sa La Union post.asan na? inaantay ko na.:D

Kristel said...

Amazing colorful photos Chyng! :D Ang saya!

khantotantra said...

well prepared ang mga participants sa costume nila. sayangs at di ko alam na may gantong fiesta combinations. astig. different fiesta from diff place

Photo Cache said...

all out talaga sa costume. i wonder if their costumes are sponsored by businesses.

kg said...

ok ang aliwan dahil para ka na din umikot ng pilipinas to watch the festivals. :)

markpogi said...

Dapat nandyan din ako no thanks to work. XD

Ok talaga mag-shoot sa Aliwan Fiesta. Libre na, within Metro Manila lang. XD

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

Ngayun lang ako di nakapag Aliwan, nagliwaliw ako sa Romblon kasi.. Sayang..

JeffZ said...

Phil festivals in one event!.. sulit nga at di na magbbyahe ng malayo.. though iba pa rin if you're right there at the moment.. pero not bad na to.. :)

TBR kasi kami nun, nakikinig sa talk ni lolo Anton.. hehe :) at concert ng The Script sa gabi.. di ko pwedeng mamiss un!.. hehe :)

Malditang "Kura"cha said...

naks! one time big time pala yang festival na yan. May na cross out ka na naman sa goals mo.. mahusay! Sayang I missed it. Uy nga pala...agree ako kay Anton, asan na ang La union na yan? Excited much.

Ian said...

gusto ko tuloy mapanood ang Masskara Festival sa Bacolod kaso parang imposible sa overbook ng flights by that time.

lovelace2200 said...

Ang ganda ng mga pictures! At ang bongga ng mga costumes nila. I didn't know about this Aliwan Fiesta pero mukhang enjoy panoorin to knowing na sobra pala tong pinaghahandaan ng mga participants.

Axel said...

Hindi mo naman kasi ako inaya dito eh.. hehe.. Looks very nice, I've always wanted to watch this festivals, what more kung sa mismong mga provinces sila mapapanood di ba?? Yun ang gusto ko talaga ma-experience..

C A R L A said...

wow! dedicated talaga sila, mindanao - luzon by bus! ganda talaga ng kulay ng photos, chyng! i hope i can attend next year :) are you coming to cebu?hehe

Allen said...

Eto! Etong eto ang pang-travel magazine! Anyway, tama ka jan Ate cHYNG... Kaming mga taga province ay appealing talaga. ehem.

Arvin U. de la Peña said...

ayos ang panonood ng ganyan na festivals.....hanep ang mga costumes..

killerfillers said...

Ang ganda naman ng picture akala ko nasa Brazil ako.:p Ang masaklap lang napakalapit lang ng PICC pero di ko pa napuntahan.

the geek said...

try to visit iloilo next year, chyng. january for dinagyang 2012.

it is now in the hall of fame as best tourism event.

the geek said...

and i forgot to add that some of the members of tribu pan-ay will go to new york this june. they were invited to perform there.

:)

dong ho said...

saya nung nandun at sa tamang oras yung pagdating natin. buti na lang may nahanap pa tayong upuan sa taas.

oo nga. kelan pala audition?

yep. south we go!

lakwatsera de primera said...

Agree sulit talaga and it's already the showcase of the best of the best, (Nameet mo na pala sina Enrico at Sydney, gusto ko din sila mameet in person :)

Robbie said...

Wow parang Sinulog lang! And nice shots. This year ko lang nalaman na may ganitong festival sa Manila. =)) Sayang same date ito nung Bloggers Fest eh.

Rizalenio said...

I was stuck in a traffic that time and wanted to get out of the car to shoot. May appointment lang ako sa MOA. The best mga photos & your with Dom pa. Sana bumaba talaga ako para nakita ko mga idols ko. :)

akasha said...

wow chyng! new layout, eh? nice pics! :)

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

love the new template chyng! =) ayan sana maka comment na ako this time,may topak ata blogspot that day.
anyway, kakainis, lage ko tong na-mi-miss na Aliwan, isa sa mga gusto kong ma-experience tlga. sana nxt year. tlgang nakatalikod si Dom na naman. hehe

buhayprinsesa said...

wow chyng blog make over? hehe..
i want to attend a festival din pero wala pang chance eh.. sana may mag invite din saken hehehe

pusang kalye said...

me pagka-sentimental talaga akong tao. maganda to---sleek tas palakihan talaga ng pics pero syempre lab ko yung dati.hahaha.masassany din siguro me. anu, nawala yung mga contacts mo no sa blog roll? :D, awts, bat nakikita ko lagi dito si anik anik blogger?hahaha.mukha nya laging unang bumabalandra.attitude.hahahha

Pinoy Boy Journals said...

after reading this post, Chyng, i doubt if ever i will miss next year. grabe wow! parang mother of all festivals dahil lahat nagsama-sama! pero may mga issue daw between team performances?

Tripper10 said...

Grabe ang gaganda naman po ng mga kuha nyo..:)

Makukulay...

dess said...

This make me proud of being ilongga :-)

Donnie Ray said...

huwaw! sana this 2012, iloilo pa rin ang manalo! i'm proud to be ilonggo! ^_^

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