Search for Aliwan Festival 2017 Queen

Search for the annual Aliwan Festival 2017 Queen comes to a culmination when 20 Festival Queens from different regions of the country .

presentation of candidates 

Manila Broadcasting Company- President Mr. Ruperto Nicdao Jr.

Now on its 15th year, the Manila Broadcasting Company, organizer of the annual extravaganza, presented to the press the 20 official candidates during a special presentation held at Maxim’s Hotel held yesterday April 18 at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City.

contestants 1 to 10

Ms. Rowena Gandeza, representing the Manggahan Festival of Guimaras; Ms. Julie Faith Agsalud, Zamboanga Hermosa Festival; Angelica Doguiles, Pescao Festival of Zamboanga; Patricia Kate Gonzales, Antipolo Maytime Festival; Alexia Sonia Edmund, Bambanti Festival of Isabela;

Ariella Jazmine Roque, Tuna Festival of General Santos City; Cherry Rose Fernandez, Panagbenga Festival of Baguio; Liezel Libria, Sultan Kudarat Fesival of Maguindanao; Maria Ahtisa Manalo, Niyog-Niyogan Festival of Quezon; Apriel Smith, Utanon Festival of Dalaguete, Cebu;

contestants 11 to 20

Kathleen Mae Lendio, Karansa Festival of Danao City; Alyssa Charish Vivas, Kneeling Carabao Festival of Pulilan, Bulacan; Kyla Ocso, Kalivungan Festival of North Cotabato; Elaine Segura, Iloilo Paraw Regatta Festival; Marla Alforque, Sinulog Festival of Cebu;

Maria Vivien Fabella, Boling-Boling Festival of Catanauan, Quezon; Venisse Charm Costibolo, Sangyaw Festival of Tacloban City; Carmela Villaruel, Timpuyog Festival of Sarangani; Angelica Gabriel, Pasay City; and Erna Torreblanca, Masskara Festival of Bacolod.

The pageant night will be held at the outdoor stage in front of the Aliw Theater at the Cultural Center Complex on Friday, April 21, with the coronation night following the grand parade on Saturday, April 22.

There will be a trade fair , street dancing and people from all walks of life are encourage to participate . The street dancing festivities will start at the Quirino Grandstand, Manila at around past 3:00 pm and will end at the Aliw theater , Pasay City


Aliwan Festival 2013 Trade Show

Cultural Center Complex, Pasay City – Philippines

entrance to the Cultural Center Complex trade fair area

Trade exhibits is usually part of the annual Aliwan festival , there are about 100 exhibit booth showcasing different products from various provinces in the Philippines .

Dalaksagaw festival exhibit  from Baseco compound , Tondo- Manila

This booth is  selling handmade recycled items which range from plastic soda bottles , slippers and bags

 Mindoro  Oriental exhibit booth

Some of them had already set-up their exhibit on April 11  to April 13, 2013. The three day trade fair attracts several thousand of visitors  from all walks of life.  Native handicraft  made from Nito plant –Lygodium circinnatum ( a type of climbing fern )  made by Mangyans of Mindoro province  were being sold.

colorful lightning fixtures made from abaca and other indigenous materials

Biscocho , Butterscotch from Iloilo

shell crafts with FREE name inscription

JJNM Orchid and Ornamental Plants

JJNM orchid and ornamental plants is a frequent exhibitor in orchids and plant shows.

exhibit stall  full of customers

Some exhibit booths are also having their last day of sale, i have bought some key chains and some wallets for giveaways to my friends.

Northway Arts and Crafts

bags and native slippers made from water hyacinth

accessories made from indigenous materials

Aliwan Festival 2013 Part 1 :

Aliwan 2010

Aliwan festival signage

The  8th Aliwan Festival finally kicked off from April 22 to 24, 2010 . Organized by Manila Broadcasting Company, Department of Tourism , Local government units of Manila , Pasay .

What makes this years event interesting is its new route which will commence at the back of the SM Mall of Asia but the final dance showdown will still be held in front of the Aliw theater within the Cultural Center of the Philippines . The new route did not hamper the interest of  the crowd during the last day of the street dance.

Tribu Paghidaet of La Paz National High School won for the Iloilo Dinagyang Festival the million-peso grand championship in the festival street-dance competition of Aliwan Fiesta 2010.   Cotabato City’s Kanggulagna sa Maguindanao float won the P500,000 first prize in the float design competition, while  Miss Rizzini Alexis Gomez, representing the Sinulog Festival of Cebu, was crowned this year’s Reyna ng Aliwan.

Region 9’s Zamboanga Hermosa Festival garnered second place in the dance competition, with Tribu Kasag of Banate, Iloilo coming in third. Declared runners-up were Grupo Fuerte Baile for the Iloilo Paraw Regatta, Masbate’s Lapay Bantigue festival, Halamang Dilaw festival of Marilao, Bulacan, Pakalog festival of Pasig, and both the Buklod and Padang-Padang festivals from Parang, Maguindanao.

Ti-Boli inspired costume

Master craftsmen from Tanauan, Leyte took secopnd place on the float competition with Bahandi Han Dagat, just as Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao earned third prize with their Kagkawing sa Maguindanao. Declared runners-up were Baguio’s Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom, Guiguinto’s Singkaban/Halamanan float, Parang’s Kaguinakit Ta Laya, Saranggani’s Pakaradyan, Cotabato’s Ipat, Cebu’s Kingof Kings for the Sinulog, and Boling Parikitan of Catanauan, Quezon.

The search for Festival Queen (Reyna ng Aliwan) saw Angelie Joy Golingay of Iloilo Dinagyang ranking second, with Maricel Gabalfin of Mabalacat, Pampanga, Miss Shihan Go or Caloocan, and Mariel Joyce Pascua of Tampakan, South Cotabato rounding up the court of runners-up. Rizzini Gomez also won special awards for Best in Swimsuit and Best in Evening Gown, while Mariel Pascua likewise took home the Best n Festival Costume and Miss Talent awards.

Aside from the regular street dancing from select group of regional festival winners . There was a photo contest, games and flea market where over 100 commercial stalls representing the different provinces and cities from all over the country. Visitors and guests would have an instant sampling of the best produce and souvenir items for sale.

regional flea market bazaar

The stalls were having a brisk sales ! Thanks to the hundred of thousands of people from all over the country and foreigners were having a very good time .

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