Aliwan Fiesta 2019 Highlights Unity Amid Diversity

Aliwan Fiesta 2019 Highlights Unity Amid Diversity

Aliwan Fiesta will once again open to the public on April 25 to 27. A series of grand visual spectacles are set at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex with Manila Broadcasting Company, Star City, and CCP working hand-in-hand with the cities of Manila and Pasay to make the celebration possible. 

The fiesta aims to show local and foreign audiences the richness and diversity of Filipino culture in a single venue. It also harnesses the power of Philippine festivals to showcase how religion, culture, and tradition are woven in the fiber of our existence. 

Gathering together champion street dance contingents from the different regions, along with a bevy of beauties, and master craftsmen who painstakingly construct floats using the most arresting mechanical and technical ideas, Aliwan Fiesta has invited local government units to bring to the fore local pride through their artistic talents, resources, and produce – all depicting traditional folklore. Fabulous prizes are at stake in this much-awaited event, which features the best of these fiesta islands. 

Competing in this year’s festival dance category are the following:

Bodong Festival of Pinukpok, Kalinga (represented by St Teresita High School)

Panagbenga Festival of Baguio City, Benguet (represented by Baguio City National High School)

Pangisdaan festival of Navotas (represented by Hayuma Cultural Dance Troupe)

Halamanan Festival of Guiguinto, Bulacan

Dinamulag Mango Festival of Zambales (represented by the town of Masinloc)

Niyogyugan festival of Quezon Province (represented by the town of Pagbilao)

Tayo na sa Antipolo Maytime Festival (represented by San Jose National High School)

Sambalilo Festival of - Cavinti, Laguna

Manggahan Festival of Guimaras (represented by Hubon Guimarasnon)

Buraburon festival of Burauen, Leyte (represented by Tribu Buraburon)

Pintados Kasadyaan Festival of the Province of Leyte (represented by the Pasaka festival of Tanauan) 

Meguyaya Festival of Upi, Maguindanao (represented by Sabaken National High School)

Tarakuku Festival of Mother Kabuntalan, Maguindanao (represented by Kabuntalan National High School)

Kapatagan Festival of Kapatagan, Lanao del Sur

Participating floats include YKalinga; Panagbenga; the Palakaya of Navotas; Para Aqui from Paranaque; Bangka de Muntinlupa; Dayang Dayang of Pasay City; Singkaban of Bulacan; Halamanan of Guiguinto; Pamilya from Catanauan, Quezon; Masaya ang Pamilya sa Masayang Laguna from San Pablo City; the Tagultol Fishing Festival of Atimonan, Quezon; IPI 60th Year-Sinulog – Cebu; Tacloban Through the Years; Panuluganen from Cotabato City; Siniratan a Laminan from Sultan Kudarat; Meguyaya Festival of Upi, Maguindanao; Kapasiti a Lemba from Mother Kabuntalan, Maguindanao; Kuyog a Kang'lal from Sultan Mastura, Maguindanao; Sarimanok from Kapatagan, Lanao del Sur; and Palabuni-bunyan from ARMM. 

Aliwan Fiesta 2019 opens on April 25 with a three-day shoppers bazaar along Sotto Street at the CCP Complex, and a Pasakalye concert featuring Ben and Ben, Juan Karlos, This Band, and Extreme Lab. 24 lovely young ladies representing the different festivals all over the country then take to the outdoor stage in front of the Aliw Theater on April 26 for the Reyna ng Aliwan Pageant night. Festivities will culminate with the grand parade and street dance showdown, which kicks off at Quirino Grandstand at 4 pm on April 27, traversing Roxas Boulevard enroute to the CCP Complex, and capped by the awarding ceremonies at 9 p.m. 

This year’s edition of the much-awaited grand festival of champions is supported by Pride Detergent, Unique Toothpaste, White Rose Cojic Whitening Soap, Smart Dishwashing Paste, Star Wax, Tanduay, TM, Dunkin’ Donuts, Symdex D, Asian Institute of Computer Studies, Senokot, GES Led Lights, Whiteflower, and Nature Spring Mineral Water. For details, check out Aliwan Fiesta official Facebook page, or log onto