If you’re a resident of Manila or just happen to be dropping by, make sure to visit the next Aliwan Fiesta. Since this year’s edition is over, we congratulate the organizers and the participants for making the event such a beautiful attraction – rains, traffic and all 😀
Simply amazing were the floats which reflect Filipino artistry and ingenuity. What you can see here: the vibrant colors of the islands, the expert use of indigenous materials, and lovely festival queens atop the floats with dancers and musicians swinging to the beat of the rhythm.
Winners have been announced in the million-peso extravaganza and proclaimed first place in the Float Design competition was the entry from Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.
I took a picture of the winning float yesterday, which was simple yet exquisite. The figures in native Filipino costumes are actually moving and rotating to show they are dancing.Laoag was also the winner last year.
The float from Baguio, famous for the Panagbenga festival, was adorned with flowers (as expected), including everlasting.It got runner-up honors, along with Parul Famil Shah who was their festival queen.
The entries from Mindanao were really replete with colors, and Cotabato won second place.
More pictures of the winners:
Contingent from the Aetas, one of the indigenous communities in the Philippines.
The complete list of winners:
1st – Buyogan Festival of Abuyog, Leyte
2nd – Kasadyahan Festival of Tribu Kasag, Iloilo
3rd – Dinagyang of Tribu Paghidaet, Iloilo
Siloy sa Alcoy
1st – Laoag City’s “Abel Iloko”
2nd – Cotabato’s “Lemba”
3rd – Iloilo’s Tribu Paghidaet
Kaguinakit Ta :aya
1st – Sian Elizabeth Maynard of Cebu’s Sinulog
2nd- Romarie Ivy Cunanan of Gen. Santos City
Aliah Heitz – Kadayawan sa Davao
Parul Famil Shah- Panagbenga
Kate Lao – Pamulinawen Festival