Cebu’s Lumad Basakanon reclaims Aliwan crown

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Five years after since they were elevated to the Hall of Fame, participants of Lumad Basakanon representing the famed Sinulog Festival of Cebu reclaimed the Aliwan Fiesta street dance championships, besting contingents from various regions of the Philippines.

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‘Pit Señor!’ The intricately garbed dancers of Lumad Basakanon champion the Sinulog Festival and their devotion to the Sto. Niño

‘Pit Señor!’ The intricately garbed dancers of Lumad Basakanon champion the Sinulog Festival and their devotion to the Sto. Niño

In 2009, Lumad Basakanon won their third consecutive championship, which, like their 2014 performance showcased a perfectly synchronized tribal dance for Señor Sto. Niño.

The Meguyaya Festival of Upi, Maguindanao took second place; while T’nalak Festival of Sto Niño, South Cotabato emerged third. The Pamulinawen Festival of Laoag placed fourth; with the Caragan Festival of Mabalacat, Pampanga emerging as fifth place winner overall.

In the float design competition, the Bambanti Festival of Isabela won the top plum, with the Utanon Festival of Dalaguete, Cebu earning second place, and the Indayog Ti Sabsabong of Baguio, aptly depicting the Panagbenga Festival, winning third.

Visayan stunner Steffi Aberasturi made it a twin victory for Sinulog as she bested 16 other candidates for the Reyna ng Aliwan title, giving Cebu its sixth straight win in the annual beauty pageant.  Shaira Lenn Roberto of Bulacan was named first runner-up; while Michelle Monte of Iloilo, Hazel Mae Trasmonte of Kabankalan, and Maria Gigante of Bantayan Island were all chosen as second runners-up.

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