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    Aliwan Fiesta- 2012

     

    What is Aliwan Fiesta?

    The pictures and videos in this i-Report were taken yesterday, April 14,  at the CCP Complex in Pasay City, Philippines. Yesterday was the last day of the 4-day celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Aliwan Fiesta in the Philippines. Aliwan Fiesta is actually an annual event that gathers the various 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 (roughly US$70,000). Aliwan Fiesta, which began in 2003, aims to showcase the 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." For 2010, the colorful banner at the Roxas Blvd. entrance proclaimed the fiesta as THE PHILIPPINES GRANDEST FIESTA.

    Aliwan Fiesta is actually an annual event that gathers the various cultural festivals of the Philippines in Star City Complex in Pasay City wherein participants compete in dance parade and float competitions, as well as in a beauty pageant. The said 'grand festival' was organized by the Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) together with Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the cities of Manila and Pasay. The said event is sometimes dubbed as "The Mother of All Fiestas" here in the Philippines. The prizes given in the said event can total up to P3 million (roughly US$70,000). The said grand festival started out in 2003 and it aims to showcase the various cultural celebrations and diverse heritage of the Filipinos not only to residents Metro Manila but also to the rest of the world.

    The teams of participants, meanwhile, aim to promote their respective regions both economically and tourism-wise. It was originally conceived 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." In year 2010, the colorful banner at the Roxas Blvd. entrance proclaimed the event or extravaganza as THE PHILIPPINES GRANDEST FIESTA.

    The Grandeur of the Aliwan Fiesta

    Aliwan Fiesta is more than just a festival. It is more than just the dancing, the merriment and/or the parade. Aliwan is about assembling and using the power of Philippine festivals to showcase how culture, religion and traditions are intricately woven into our very existence. Filipinos are proud of their cultural traditions, and they would like to show to the whole world that they want to preserve their cultural heritage.

    A town's fiesta is held annually in the country to commemorate the foundation of a certain village, town or province or honoring its patron saints. The traditions and customs in celebrating a town's fiesta can bring Filipinos together to celebrate life and to show their creativity in expressing their joyfulness through various artworks and group-performances like the dance.

    “While some purists and scholars decry street dance festivals as purely tourism-driven events that are non-reflective of true traditional culture, I have always regarded street dance as contemporary artistic expression of local arts and culture that should be respected for its creative value and admired for what it has contributed to community building,” says former Cultural Center of the Philippines president Nestor Jardin.

    “Following a revised criteria for selection of winners, Aliwan has stressed the importance not only of artistic excellence but also the adherence to local culture and practice. Participants have strived to look deeper into their treasure trove of local dances, music, legends and rituals to produce a performance that brilliantly portray the facets of their culture,” shares Jardin.

    Aliwan Fiesta is indeed the 'Mother of all Fiestas' in the Philippines. Such event gives Metro Manilans like me the opportunity to witness the various ways of celebrating fiestas in the other regions of the country that we've never visited yet. Aliwan Fiesta is a grand festival that makes Filipinos feel proud of their very own cultural heritage.

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