Gathering of the best-of-the-best festivals across the country, that’s Aliwan Festival! It began in 2003 and is now celebrated every year. Dubbed as “The Mother of All Fiestas”, the event is organized by the Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC).
A showcase of different Filipino cultures and heritage, it aims to promote tourism of the different regions in the Philippines. The event is packed with Cultural Street Dance Competition, Float Parade and the “Reyna ng Aliwan” beauty pageant.
The event is a 3 days celebration, every year it holds four major activities these are the “PasaKalye” an Inter School Dance Competition, Reyna ng Aliwan Pageant Night, Float Competition and Streetdancing Competition. The much awaited activity is on its 3rd day, kicked off by the Grand Parade of Floats represented by different provinces coming from Luzon to Mindanao. Highlighting the event is when all competing festivals show off their dance skills while parading for about four kilometers starting from Quirino Grandstand to Aliw Theater grounds located near CCP.
Aliwan is a Tagalog word for “entertainment” or “amusement” which is the main goal of the celebration. Here are the contingents who took part in this year’s Aliwan Fiesta.
- Mango Festival | Zambales
- Padang-Padang Festival | Parang, Maguindanao
- Panagbenga Festival | Baguio City
- Zamboanga Hermosa Festival | Zamboanga City
- Mahaguyog Festival | Sto. Tomas, Batangas
- Pandang Gitab Festival | Oriental Mindoro
- Dinagyang Festival | Iloilo City
- Pasaka Festival | Tanauan Leyte
- Adivay Festival | Benguet
- Ang Tipulo | Antipolo, Rizal
- Dinagsa Festival | Muntinlupa City
- Dalaksagaw | Manila
- Boling-Boling | Catanauan, Quezon
- Paraw Regatta Festival | Iloilo City
- Kalivungan Festival | North Cotabato
- Kalilangan Festival | General Santos City
- Sagayan Festival | Buluan, Maguindanao
- Meguyaya Festival | Upi, Maguindanao
The event is truly a manifestation of Filipino’s spirit of love for culture, tradition and religion. From the numerous smiling faces of its participants, we see ourselves as proud Filipinos showcasing our myriad talents, vibrant culture and heritage of the Philippines.
Here’s a sneak peek of the happenings (video from my travel buddy Paul Pantalla)