Rockers to shake up Manila Bay’s traditional fiesta



The annual gathering of the Philippines’ top cultural fiesta performers in various events along Roxas Boulevard and the CCP Complex—known as the Aliwan Fiesta celebrations—is getting an unexpected spin this year with top rock bands Callalily and Banda ni Kleggy headlining its major concert on April 14.

Callalily is the popular alternative rock band headed by Kean Cipriano, whose hits include “Magbalik”, “Pasan” and “Susundan,” among others; while Kleggy Abaya’s Banda ni Kleggy, is also expected to bring the house done with their novelty tracks like “Discolamon,” “Mahal Kita Pramis,” and “Experto.”

According to Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC), which has been mounting the grand fiesta since 2002, the inclusion of the rock bands should bring in more youngsters to this cultural initiative, which ultimately shines the spotlight on the best fiestas and dances across the country in the capital.

Joining Callalily and Banda ni Kleggy for the Aliwan Music Jam, are R&B artist Luke Mejares, belter Acel, and DJ Tom Taus along with MBC disc jockeys Papa Jack of 90.7 Love Radio and Tanya Chinita of 101.1 YesFM.

Banda ni Kleggy

Banda ni Kleggy

Meanwhile, on April 15, the festival muses from around the country will compete in the Search for Reyna ng Aliwan, which will be hosted by 2014 Miss Earth and 2013 Aliwan Festival Queen Jamie Herrell together with DZRH Television’s Dennis Antenor, Jr. Singer Paolo Valenciano and actor Alex Medina have been invited to serenade the festival queens.

Finally, the main event, the streetdance championship will kick off at the Quirino Grandstand on April 16 at 4 p.m. and will traverse Roxas Boulevard all the way to the Aliw Theater grounds at the CCP Complex where the culminating showdown will be held. Taking part in the grand national showdown among regional festival champions are Tribu Katbalaugan for the Manaragat Festival of Samar, the Niyugyugan Festival of Quezon, Laguna’s Anilag Festival, Baguio City’s Panagbenga, Maguindanao’s Meguyaya and Sagayan Festivals, Boling-Boling of Catanauan, and Iloilo Dinagyang’s Tribu Salognon and Tribu Panayanon. Floats from different municipalities from all over the archipelago will also join the Grand Parade.


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