CCP Complex, Manila
25 April 2009
Aliwan Fiesta is an annual event that gathers different cultural festivals of the Philippines in Star City Complex in Pasay City wherein contingents compete in dance parade and float competitions, as well as in a beauty pageant. Organized by Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) together with Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the cities of Manila and Pasay, the event is dubbed as "The Mother of All Fiestas," with prizes totaling to P3 million. Aliwan Fiesta, which began in 2003, aims to showcase the richness of different Filipino cultures and heritage not only to the people in Metro Manila but also to the rest of the world. The contingents, meanwhile, aim to promote their respective regions both economically and tourism-wise. It was originally organized as a visual extravaganza for the Christmas season, but it has since been held during the summer months of either April or May. Aliwan is a Tagalog word for "entertainment" or "amusement." (Source: Wikipedia)
I have heard of this festival from the previous years, but it was only this year that I was able to see it after taking an invitation from photoblog friends. We first went to have lunch together (read previous post) and after, we walked to the sides of the Aliw Theater to check out the preparations of the contingents. I took quite a lot of pictures, so I will break down this festival into two posts, and this post will concentrate more on the images taken before the grand street parade.
Seeing how each contingents prepare, I already got excited with how much colors and culture this fiesta had. As soon as we stepped on the festival grounds, it was pretty much a photo frenzy for us, and even if we went there together, we just did our own thing when it comes to taking pictures.
I was able to take pictures of:
... the colorful floats. These floats reflects the rich culture of the Philippines, and a way to showcase Filipino ingenuity.
... the captivating beauty. Whether they're born in the Philippines, or has a foreign blood in them, the beauty of the Filipino woman will always stand out.
... the unity. Contingents were from different parts of the country, and seeing them all in one festival grounds just made me feel proud and happy to be a Filipino.
The grand street parade started a little past 4PM. Pictures from there will be posted tomorrow. If you wish the view the whole pre-parade album, please check my Flickr Site HERE.
Happy new week ahead!
*** Jenn ***