Aliwan Fiesta

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Aliwan Fiesta is a yearly street dance competition held at the Star City Complex in Pasay City, Metro Manila and participated in by delegations from the different regions in the Philippines showcasing their own unique cultural festivals. Organized by the media outfit Manila Broadcasting Company, it was first held during the Christmas season in 2003. It later turned into an annual summer spectacle.[1] It has been dubbed the "grandest fiesta celebration" in the Philippines[2].

Aliwan Fiesta aims to harness the power of Philippine festivals to showcase how religion, culture, and tradition are woven into the fiber of Philippine society. Traditional Philippine fiestas are held annually to commemorate the foundation of a town or province, or to honor its patron saint. In Aliwan, they are brought together en masse to highlight the participating regions’ creativity and innovation.

Since its inception, this event has continuously drawn thousands of participants from various parts of the country.

Regional Competition

The Aliwan Fiesta competition features more than 3,000 dancers, musicians, and acrobats every year. Street dance routines are performed in a four-kilometer stretch along Roxas Boulevard, from Quirino Grandstand to the CCP Complex. The massive contingents from different parts of the country are accompanied by gigantic floats that feature their own muses - all depicting the most popular festivals throughout the archipelago.

In joining the national event, each regional group has to undergo a stringent process for qualification. They undergo several elimination cycles during various local festivals to determine who will get to compete in the Aliwan Fiesta. The performers then undergo weekly rehearsals, which increase in frequency in the weeks leading up to the Aliwan Fiesta.

List of Participants

Since Aliwan Fiesta started in 2003, more and more regional participants have attended the event not just for the prizes but for regional pride. Regional contingents are eager to showcase the richness of their hometown’s culture and heritage.[3][3]

Participants includes:

List of Winners

Aliwan Fiesta 2003 Winners

  • Grand Prize: Halad Festival of North Cotabato
  • 1st runner up: Tribu Atub atub, Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City
  • 2nd runner up: Sarakiki-Hadang of Calbayog City
  • 3rd runner up: Tribu Sinanduloy, Dalit Festival of Tangub City
  • 4th runner up: Sining Pakalagyan of Maguindanao

Pamaskong Aliwan 2003 Winners

  • Grand Prize: Halad Festival of Pigcawayan, North Cotabato
  • 1st runner up: Pasaka Festival of Bislig-Tanauan, Leyte
  • 2nd runner up: Mananayaw ng Makati
  • Runner up: Singkaban ng Bulacan
  • Runner up: Kasadyaan Festival of Palo, Leyte
  • Runner up: Sinukwan Festival of San Fernando Pampanga
  • Runner up: Padang Padang Festival of Parang Maguindanao
  • Runner up: Zamboanga Hermosa Festiva of Zamboanga City
  • Runner up: Pamulinawen Festival of Laoag City
  • Runner up: Sining Pakalagyan of Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao

Aliwan Fiesta 2004 Winners

  • Grand Prize: Tribu Atub atub, Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City
  • 1st runner up: Kahilwayan Festival of Santa Barbara, Iloilo
  • 2nd runner up: Kadayawan Festival of Davao City
  • Runner up: Balyuan Festival of Tacloban City
  • Runner up: Kuyog a Damak of Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao
  • Runner up: Pamulinawen Festival of laoag City
  • Runner up:Padang Padang Festival of Parang Maguindanao
  • Runner up: Kuyog a Kang’Gelal of South Cotabato
  • Runner up: Fertility Festival of Obando Bulacan
  • Runner up: Meguyaya Sarimanok festival of Nuro Upi Maguindanao

Aliwan Fiesta 2005 Winners

  • Grand Prize: Pintados de Passi Festival, Passi City, Iloilo
  • 1st runner up: Kahilwayan Festival of Santa Barbara, Iloilo
  • 2nd runner up: Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City
  • Runner up: Kadayawan Festival of Davao City
  • Runner up: Kalilangan Festival of General Santos City
  • Runner up: Meguyaya Festival of Nuro Upi Maguindanao
  • Runner up: Desposorio Festival of Hagonoy Bulacan
  • Runner up: Pasalamat Festival of Pagadian City
  • Runner up: Pasaka Festival of Tanauan Leyte
  • Runner up: Kuyog A Sagayan Festival of Sultan Kudarat Maguindanao

Aliwan Fiesta 2006 Winners

  • Grand Prize: Lumad Basakanon Sinulog Festival of Cebu City
  • 1st runner up: Tribu Ilonganon Dinagyang Festival, Iloilo City
  • 2nd runner up: Pintados de Passi Festival of Passi City, Iloilo
  • Runner up: Halad Festival of Pigcawayan North Cotabato
  • Runner up: Kahilwayan Festival of Santa Barbara, Iloilo
  • Runner up: Pamulinawen Festival of Laoag City
  • Runner up: Tlutugan Festival of Maasin, Iloilo
  • Runner up: Pasalamat Festival of Pagadian City
  • Runner up: Padang padang Festival of Parang Maguindanao
  • Runner up: Babaylan Festival of Bago City, Negros Occidental

Aliwan Fiesta 2007 Winners

  • Grand Prize: Lumad Basakanon, Sinulog Festival of Cebu City
  • 1st runner up: Tribu Ilonganon, Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City
  • 2nd runner up: Alikaraw Festival of Hilongos Leyte
  • Runner up: Desposorio Festival of Hagonoy Bulacan
  • Runner up: Zamboanga Hermoza Festival of Zamboanga City
  • Runner up: Kalilangan Festival of General Santos City
  • Runner up: Pasalamat Festival of Pagadian City
  • Runner up: Padang padang Festival of Parang Shariff Kabunsuan
  • Runner up: Babaylan Festival of Bago City negros Occidental
  • Runner up: Kahilwayan Festival of Santa Barbara Iloilo

Aliwan Fiesta 2008 Winners

  • Champion: Lumad Basakanon - Sinulog of Cebu City
  • 2nd place: Dinagyang (Iloilo)
  • 3rd place: Sinulog (Carmen, Cebu)
  • Runner-Up: Alikaraw (Hilongos, Leyte)
  • Runner-Up: Saad (Leganes, Iloilo)
  • Runner-Up: Buyogan (Abuyog, Leyte)
  • Runner-Up: Desposorio (Hagonoy, Bulacan)
  • Runner-Up: Tribung Halad (Midsayap, Cotabato)
  • Runner-Up: Pamulinawen (Laoag, ILocos Norte)
  • Runner-Up: Kadayawan (Davao)

Aliwan Fiesta 2009 Winners

  • Festival Dance Competition
    • Champion: Buyogan Festival of Abuyog, Leyte
    • 2nd Place: Tribu Kasag from Banate, Iloilo (Kasadyahan Festival)
    • 3rd Place: Tribu Paghidaet of La Paz National HIgh School, iloilo (Dinagyang Festival)
    • Runner Up Honors:
      • Siloy sa Alcoy
      • Karatong
      • Ibon-Ebon
      • Kalilangan
      • Kadayawan
      • Lapay Bantigue
  • Float Design Competition
    • Champion: "Abel Iloko" of Laoag City
    • 2nd Place: "Lemba" of Cotabato
    • 3rd Place: Tribu Paghidaet of Dinagyang
    • Runner up Honors:
      • Limbonan
      • Panagbenga
      • Ibon-Ebon
      • Pakaradyan
      • Lambanugan
      • Kaguinakit Ta:aya
      • Aeta
  • Festival Queen
    • Queen: Sian Elizabeth Maynard (Sinulog, Cebu City)
    • 2nd Place: Romarie Ivy Cunanan (General Santos City)
    • Runner-up Honors:
      • Aliah Heitz (Kadayawan, Davao City)
      • Parul Framil Shah (Panagbenga, Baguio City)
      • Kate Lao (Pamulinawen, Laoag City)

Controversies

During the 2006 Aliwan Fiesta, there were reports that the judges were allegedly "intimidated" by the presence of Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Ace Durano, a former congressman of Cebu. It was reported that he allegedly secretly "lobbied" for Sinulog Festival to bag that year's overall championship.

Many of those present during the competition of 28 festivals all over the country at the Quirino Grandstand swore the performance of Sinulog Festival was a repeat of their last year's choreography, unlike the Pintados de Pasi and Dinagyang Festival, two groups from Panay Island that enjoyed enormous financial support from their respective local government units (LGUs) and private sponsors, not to mention the all-out backing of their foundations.

During the 2008 Aliwan Fiesta, an altercation took place between the musicians of Sinulog Festival of Carmen, Cebu and Alikaraw Festival of Hilongos, Leyte. Representatives from the Sinulog camp claimed that they were attacked by the team members of Alikaraw, while the latter said it was the other way around. The fight was quickly pacified by the organizers.

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