11th Aliwan Fiesta Winners

Posted on 4/13/13 4:23 PM

Aliwan Fiesta harnesses the power of Philippine festivals to showcase how religion, culture, and tradition are woven into the fiber of our existence. Traditional fiestas, which are held annually to commemorate the foundation of a town or province, or honoring its patron saint, are brought together en masse to highlight the Pinoy’s indomitable and ebullient spirit, together with his mien for creativity and innovation. With most major fiestas rooted in the pre-colonial period, there is understandably a festival sector that celebrates Nature’s bounty. Our Filipino forebears worshipped pagan gods who, to them, were responsible for bountiful harvests on land and sea.
 The agricultural basins in the lowlands of Luzon as well as the highlands of the Cordilleras are rife with stories handed down through generations about Nature’s mystical denizens who are then honored in quaint shamanic rituals and festivities by the townsfolk.

The coming of the Spaniards, led by soldiers who brought forth the sword and the Cross, left large imprints on our national psyche.   Catholicism as defined by the friars brought with it religious fervor not much different from pagan practices, and which is seen today in the near-fanatic worship of iconic imagery highlighted during festivals in honor of the Virgin Mary, the Infant Jesus as well as the individual patron saints.  Folks in the Visayan region, cradle of Christianity in the Philippines, are among the most avid religious fiesta-goers, particularly those venerating the Sto. Nino.

Mindanao, in turn, with its majestic interplay of influences from Muslim and tribal cultures, displays the opulence of its festivals through visual narratives commemorating the coming of Islam and the staunch determination of the people to stem foreign invaders.  Being the richest in terms of natural resources, the largest island in the archipelago also celebrates the fruits of the land as well as the endless gifts of the seas.

Aliwan Fiesta is both celebratory and commemorative.  It is grassroots theatre at its best.  But in the myriad faces of its participants, we see our very selves. Regale in these festivals. . .join in the merriment. . .and be prepared to be awed. ...Makiisa, makisaya, pista'y narito na!


The 11th edition of the cultural event Aliwan Fiesta is set to award a streetdance group on Saturday with P1 million.

Organized by Manila Broadcasting Company and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Aliwan Fiesta has gathered 17 streetdance groups from across the country, each representing a popular Philippine festival.

Competing at this year's Aliwan Fiesta are champion streetdance contingents representing the Dinagsa festival of Muntinlupa, and Dalaksagaw festival of Baseco Compound, both form Metro Manila.

Also joining are groups that took part in festivals in the Cordillera Administrative Regions -- the Banagbenga festival of Baguio City; the Adivay festival of Kabayan, Benguet; and the Mango festival of Masinloc, Zambales.

Likewise, the Boling-Boling festival of Catanauan, Quezon will be represented, along with the Magahuyog festival of Sto. Tomas, Batangas; the Pandang Gitab festival of Bansud, Oriental Mindoro; and the Ang Tipulo festival of Antipolo.

Other festivals represented at the Aliwan Fiesta are Dinagyang of Iloilo; Pasaka of Tanauan, Leyte; Zamboanga Hermosa; Kalilangan of General Santos City; Kalivungan of North Cotabato; Padang-Padang of Maguindanao; Sagayan of Buluan; and Meguyaya of Upi.

2012 List of winners
 Rank  Contingent
 Champion  Tribu Pan-ay Dinagyang Festival (Iloilo City)
 2nd place  Buyogan Festival (Abuyog, Leyte)
 3rd place  Tribu Lingganay for Pintados Kasadyahan and Sinulog (Alang-Alang Leyte)
 4th place  T’nalak Festival (Sto Nino, South Cotabato)
 5th place  Lembuhong Festival (Surallah, South Cotabato)
 Runner-Up  Mamang-os at Kambingan for the Ala-eh Festival (Tuy, Batangas)
 Runner-Up  Kalivungan Festival (Alamada, North Cotabato)
 Runner-Up  Zamboanga Hermosa Festival (Zamboanga City)
 Runner-Up  Pandang Gitab Festival (Oriental Mindoro)
 Runner-Up  Salakayan for Dinagyang-Kasadyahan (Miag-ao, Iloilo)

2011 List of winners
 Rank  Contingent
 Champion  Tribu Pan-ay Dinagyang Festival (Iloilo City)
 2nd place  Dinagyang-Kasadyahan Festival (Zarraga, Iloilo)
 3rd place  Uswag Surallah Lembuhong Festival (Surallah, South Cotabato)
 4th place  Calacatchara Dance Group Calacatchara Festival (Calaca, Batangas)
 5th place  MINSCAT Calapan and Baco Catholic School Pandang Gitab Festival of Lightsl (Oriental Mindoro)
 Runner-Up  Tribu Pakalog Pakalog Festival (Santolan, Pasig)
 Runner-Up  St Louis University Panagbenga Festival (Baguio)
 Runner-Up  Zamboanga City High School Zamboanga Hermosa Festival (Zamboanga)
 Runner-Up  Tribu Teduray Kalimudan Festival (Sultan Kudarat)
 Runner-Up  Catanauan Abaruray Boling-Boling Festival (Catanauan, Quezon)

2010 List of winners
 Rank  Contingent
 Champion  Tribu Paghidaet (Dinagyang, Iloilo)
 2nd place  Zamboanga Hermosa Festival (Zamboanga City)
 3rd place  Tribu Kasag (Banate, Iloilo)
 Runner-Up  Grupo Fuerte Baile (Paraw Regatta, Iloilo)
 Runner-Up  Pasaka Festival (Tanauan, Leyte)
 Runner-Up  Lapay Bantigue festival (Masbate)
 Runner-Up  Halamang Dilaw festival (Marilao, Bulacan)
 Runner-Up  Pakalog festival (Pasig City)
 Runner-Up  Buklod (Parang, Maguindanao)
 Runner-Up  Padang-Padang festival (Parang, Maguindanao)

2009 List of winners
 Rank  Contingent
 Champion  Buyogan Festival - Abuyog Leyte
 2nd place  Tribu Kasag (Banate, Iloilo)
 3rd place  Tribu Paghidaet (Dinagyang, Iloilo)
 Runner-Up  Siloy sa Alcoy (Alcoy, Cebu)
 Runner-Up  Karatong (Dulag, Leyte)
 Runner-Up  Ibon-Ebon (Candaba, Pampanga)
 Runner-Up  Kalilangan (General Santos City)
 Runner-Up  Kadayawan (Davao City)
 Runner-Up  Lapay Bantigue (Masbate)
 Runner-Up  Lambayok(San Juan, Batangas)

2008 List of winners
 Rank  Contingent
 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)

2007 List of winners
 Rank  Contingent
 Champion  Sinulog Festival of Cebu City
 2nd place  Tribu Ilonganon of Iloilo Dinagyang
 3rd place  Alikaraw Festival of Hilongos, Leyte
 Runner-Up  Disposorio Festival of Hagonoy, Bulacan
 Runner-Up  Zamboanga Hermosa 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 representing
Iloilo Dinagyang

 2006 List of winners
 Rank  Contingent
 Champion  Sinulog Festival of Cebu City
 2nd place  Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City
 3rd place  Pintados De Pasi 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  Tultugan 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

2005 List of winners
 Rank  Contingent
 Champion  Pintados de Pasi Festival of Passi City, Iloilo
 2nd place  Kahilwayan Festival : Cry of Sta. Barbara, Sta. Barbara Iloilo
 3rd place  Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City, Iloilo
 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 Festvial of Pagadian City
 Runner-Up  Pasaka Festival of Tanauan, Leyte
 Runner-Up  Kuyog A Sagayan Festival of Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao

2004 List of winners
 Rank  Contingent
 Champion  Tribu Atub-Atub of Dinagyang Festival, Iloilo
 2nd place  Kahilwayan Festival of Sta. Barbara, Iloilo
 3rd place  Up Kadayawan Festival of Davao
 Runner-Up  Balyuan Festival of Tacloban City, Leyte
 Runner-Up  Kuyog A Damak of Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao
 Runner-Up  Pamulinawen of Laoag City
 Runner-Up  Padang-Padang Festival of Parang, Maguindanao
(Tribung Pamanok)
 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 Pamaskong Aliwan

Keep posted for the winners of  Aliwan Fiesta 2013.

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