Aliwan Fiesta is an annual gathering of Philippine festivals that promotes Filipino art, culture, heritage, and ingenuity for the world to see.
The annual 3-day Aliwan Fiesta which started on April 25 and ends on April 27 is organized by the Manila Broadcasting Company and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, in cooperation with the cities of Pasay and Manila.
The festival attracts thousands of spectators from different corners of Manila, nearby provinces, from all over the Philippines, and from abroad. Hence, it is dubbed as “The Philippines’ Grandest Festival of Champions” as it brings various Philippine festivals in one setting.
Now on its 16th year, Aliwan promises another vibrant and colorful festival
Prepare your bottled water, sunblock and camera as Good News Pilipinas shares this list of 4 reasons why everyone should experience this year’s Aliwan Fiesta.
3. GRAND PARADE
Aliwan’s grand parade on April 27 from Quirino Grandstand in Manila to CCP Complex in Pasay City via Roxas Boulevard will 14 feature contingents from different regions that will showcase their festivals.
The Bodong Festival of Pinukpok, Kalinga (represented by St Teresita High School);
Panagbenga Festival of Baguio City, Benguet (represented by Baguio City National High School);
The Pangisdaan festival of Navotas (represented by Hayuma Cultural Dance Troupe);
Halamanan festival of Guiguinto, Bulacan;
Dinamulag Mango festival of Zambales (represented by the town of Masinloc);
Niyogyugan festival of Quezon Province (represented by the town of Pagbilao);
Tayo na sa Antipolo Maytime festival (represented by San Jose National High School);
Sambalilo festival of – Cavinti, Laguna;
Manggahan festival of Guimaras (represented by Hubon Guimarasnon);
Buraburon festival of Burauen, Leyte (represented by Tribu Buraburon);
Pintados Kasadyaan festival of the Province of Leyte (represented by the Pasaka festival of Tanauan);
Meguyaya festival of Upi, Maguindanao (represented by Sabaken National High School);
Tarakuku festival of Mother Kabuntalan, Maguindanao (represented by Kabuntalan National High School);
The Kapatagan festival of Kapatagan, Lanao del Sur.
Participating floats in this year’s Aliwan Fiesta include:
- Palakaya of Navotas;
- Para Aqui from Paranaque;
- Bangka de Muntinlupa;
- Dayang Dayang of Pasay City;
- Singkaban of Bulacan;
- Halamanan of Guiguinto;
- Pamilya from Catanauan, Quezon;
- Masaya ang Pamilya sa Masayang Laguna from San Pablo City;
- Tagultol Fishing Festival of Atimonan, Quezon;
- IPI 60th Year-Sinulog – Cebu;
- Tacloban Through the Years;
- Panuluganen from Cotabato City;
- Siniratan a Laminan from Sultan Kudarat;
- Meguyaya Festival of Upi, Maguindanao;
- Kapasiti a Lemba from Mother Kabuntalan, Maguindanao;
- Kuyog a Kang’lal from Sultan Mastura, Maguindanao;
- Sarimanok from Kapatagan, Lanao del Sur;
- Palabuni-bunyan from ARMM.
If you’re still skeptical to be there, watch this video highlight of Aliwan Fiesta last year:
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