Aliwan Festival 2008: A Showcase of the Best Filipino Fiestas





The street dancing and float design contenders for this year’s Aliwan Festival were in high spirits despite of the heavy rains that poured a few minutes before the scheduled start of the program.  






Billed as the “biggest and grandest Philippine festival ever,” the Aliwan Festival is a showcase of the Best Filipino Fiestas gathered in one event. The street dancing and float design competition started at the Quirino Grandstand and took a four kilometer parade along Roxas Boulevard to end at Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex.




This year’s contenders were: Pasig’s Pakalog Festival, Pangisdaan Festival of Navotas, Panagbenga Festival of Baguio, Lang-ay Festival from Bontoc Mountain Province, Pamulinawen Festival of Laoag City, Gakit Festival of Angadanan, Isabela, Desposorio Festival from Hagonoy Bulacan,







Boling-Boling of Catanauan, Quezon, Penafrancia Voyadores and Pilgrims Festival of Naga, Pintaflores of San Carlos City Negros Occindetal, Saad Festival Leganes, Iloilo, Dinagyan Festival from Ilo-ilo, Halad Festival of Midsayap North Cotabato, Sinulog Festival of Cebu City, Sinulog sa Carmen of Cebu,





Alikaraw Festival of Hilongos Leyte, Buyogan Festival from Abuyog, Leyte,Bakhawan of Zamboanga Sibugay, Cotabato City’s Shariff Kabunsuan Festival, Meguyaya Festival from Upi, Shariff Kabunsuan, Kang’ Gelal of Sultan Kudarat, Buklod Festival of Parang Maguindanao, Kalilintad Festival Mamasapano, Maguindanao, Lamitan Basilan’s Lami-Lamihan Festival, and Kadayawan Festival of Davao City, 




According to the organizers, there were more than 3,000 performers who joined the competition for street dancing, float design and the search of Reyna ng Aliwan. All vied for the prestige and pride of being the best fiesta in the Philippines and the 3 million pesos worth of prizes.


The Grand prize for the street dancing competition was brought home by Cebu City’s Lumad Basakanon. 2nd and 3rd place were awarded to Tribu Iloganon Dinagyan Festival of Iloilo and Sinulog sa Carmen of Carmen Cebu respectively.


To the Aliwan Festival 2008 contenders, Bravo!


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12 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Where and when this festival celebrated?

  2. Looks amazing! definitely well named the mother of all festivals!

  3. This is cool, you should just travel the PI and report on the festivals here! That would be a nice job… Nice post keep it up!

  4. ….tx nyo me to all stretdncing lovers..09077217927…

    GO TRIBONG HALAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. hey! do you have sanduguan,sangandaan,kalibongan festival

  6. its tribu paghidaet who won not tribu ilonganon on dinagyang festival representative..

  7. Glad to here from you again pusa. The recent Aliwan was our first time to witness the event.

  8. I have no news about this incident MArk. Who would do such a cruel thing? Feel free to leave a comment regarding this incident. Thanks for visting our page.

  9. I’m not sure if I have a picture of Tribu Alikaraw riS. I may have posted it in another article related to Aliwan Festival.

  10. hey.
    donT you havE a piC of the tribu alikaraw?

  11. wat’s the dish on the thumb tacks incident of the contingent from Zamboanga sibugay??? e-mail me! thanks a lot…!!!!!!!!

  12. thanks for sharing these wonderful photos!!! too bad i totally forgot about this aliwan festival =(

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