And YES! It has been an excellent festival after all. It has already satisfied first time attendees in opening their eyes towards various colorful and cultural tribal fests through street dance parades, beauty pageants and floats, and its featured eye-catching bazaars from different Philippine regions, while it has managed to pursue captivating the repeating attendees’ eye in making them relive the glorious days that every Filipino region culture has to bring each year (the street dance parades are in fact contests of the tribal dance champions from different regions). What made the festival more worth is its free entrance, thus the easy access where the attendees only need to spend their money on transport and shopped products in bazaars. A series of unbearable external circumstances – lack of seats, terrible seat location that did not allow us (me and a friend whom I went to the festival to) to take good photos, being unable to finish the show as it was late and difficulty in looking for transport on our way home to name a few – may have come our way but those did not impede us in enjoying what the festival had to offer.
The following are the pictures taken (some came from the Aliwan Fest official website) during the colorful fest.
Founded in 2003, Aliwan Fiesta is an annual event featuring various Philippine cultural festivals that include street dance parades, floats and beauty pageant competitions as to showcase the richness of each Philippine regional culture both among Filipinos and foreigners.
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