THE annual showcase of a culturally diverse Philippines in the cities of Manila and Pasay unfolds on April 23 to 25 when the Aliwan Fiesta takes to the streets on its 13th year.
The sizzling summer spectacle produced by Manila Broadcasting Company, Star City and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, in cooperation with the two metro cities, will feature the best of the islands as regional street dance champions from the country’s major fiestas converge in what is touted as the biggest tourism draw to the capital this summer. A float design competition, the search for festival queen (Reyna ng Aliwan), and a rhythm showdown among festival instrumentalists will also be part of this year’s festivities.
Kicking off the line-up of events for the 2015 Aliwan Fiesta is the much-awaited shoppers’ bazaar which opens on April 23 along Sotto Street at the CCP Complex. Regional products from various provinces taking part in the festival will be on sale at very popular prices.
“Tugtog ng Aliwan” takes place the same night with seven instrumental ensembles slugging it out in a rhythm competition for the P100,000 grand prize.
The “Reyna ng Aliwan” pageant night follows on April 24, with 20 lovely young ladies vying for fame and fortune along with the possibility of landing modeling contracts and the chance to shoot for major national beauty titles.
The grand parade on April 25, featuring 15 floats and 17 street dance contingents in their grand showdown for the national championship will kick off at Quirino Grandstand at 4 p.m. and make its way toward the Aliw Theater at the CCP Complex, where the awarding ceremonies follow immediately after. Morisette Amon, Nicole Asensio, DJ Elmer Dado with Gruppo Tribale, the Whiplash, Ebe Dancel, and Gloc 9 make up the evening’s roster of guest performers.
Lumad Basakanon of Cebu, 2014’s champion and the only Hall of Fame awardee of the Aliwan Fiesta, makes its bid for a fifth championship for the Sinulog Festival over Panagbenga of Baguio City, Benguet; Sakuting Festival of Dolores, Abra; Pamulinawen Festival of Laoag, Ilocos Norte; Bato Art Festival of Luna, Isabela; Halamanan Festival of Guiguinto, Bulacan; Desposorio Festival of Malolos, Bulacan; Pandang Gitab Festival of Oriental Mindoro; Candle Festival of Candelaria, Quezon; Boling-Boling Festival of
Catanauan, Quezon; Mayaw-Mayaw Festival of Pinabacdao, Samar; Manaragat Festival of Catbalogan, Samar; Kalivungan Festival of Cotabato; Shariff Kabunsuan Festival of Cotabato City; Sambuokan Festival of Mati, Davao Oriental; Meguyaya Festival of Upi, Maguindanao; and the Sagayan Festival of Datu Piang, Maguindanao.