50th Anniversary of Cultural Center of the Philippines Commemorative Stamp

Cultural Center of the Philippines marks 50th anniversary with series of events, among which is the unveiling of their commemorative stamp and first day cover.


The unveiling was headed by CCP Chairman of Board of Trustees, Margie Moran-Floirendo, VP and Artistic Director-Chris Millado, Mr. Rodolfo del Rosario and Phlpost OIC APMG for Marketing Mr. Maximo Sta Maria, III.


Cultural Center of the Philippines commemorative stamp

Cultural Center of the Philippines

The Cultural Center of the Philippines was founded in 1969 has been producing and presenting music, dance, theater, visual arts, literary, cinematic and design events from the Philippines and all over the world for more than forty years. Its nine resident companies, namely, Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theater, Tanghalang Pilipino, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, the Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, UST Symphony Orchestra, Philippine Madrigal Singers and the National Music Competition for Young Artists Foundation (NAMCYA) present a regular season of productions, workshops and outreach performances.


Commemorative stamps and first day covers will be available in these following branches of PHLPOST.

1. Manila Central Post Office
Contact: Ms. Salome Arao
(02) 527-0108
2. Postal Area 8 – Cagayan De Oro
Contact: Ms. Cecille Araco Cotapte
3. Postal Area 7 – Davao
Contact: Mr. Rey Navarez Basilan
4. Postal Area 4 – San Pablo
Contact: Ms. Nena Panganiban
5. Postal Area 5 – Mandaue City
Contact: Mr. Rachel Betos
6. Postal Area 2 – Baguio City
Contact: Ms.Marites Paredes


Aliwan Festival 2013

Quirino Grandstand, Luneta , Ermita, Manila-Philippines

quirino grandstand

Dinagyang Festival, which was represented by Tribu Panayanon of the Iloilo City National High School, bested 16 other regional festivals from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Mango festival from Zambales

Dalaksagaw festival of Baseco, Tondo , Manila

Baseco Compound’s Dalaksagaw, an acronym for “dasal, lakbay, sayaw, at sigaw” — celebratory modalities instituted by the Augustinian friars of Intramuros who have jurisdiction over the area.

Dinadyang Festival participant

Dinagyang festival won the champion prize of P1-million cash on top of P10,000 prize as Best in Music and another P10,000 as Best in Costume.

Second place award was given to Kalivungang Festival of Midsayap, North Cotabato winning P500,000 cash prize.

a roving van

Aliwan street dancing festival is one of the biggest festival in the country , with the best provincial festival winners vie for the national title. The event is well advertise in major newspapers , blogs, posters and even roving vans

girls clad in flower costume

Miss Iloilo Dinagyang – Ms.Victoria Emily Oke was also declared as first runner up in the search for Reina ng Aliwan 2013, which was won by Jaime Ferrell of the Sinulog Festival of Cebu. Oke won P50,000 cash and another P5,000 as Best in swimwear candidate.

traditional costume from Maguindanao province


Dinagyang Festival – Iloilo City

Kalivungan Festival – Midsayap, North Cotabato

Meguyaya Festival – Upi, Maguindanao

Padang-Padang Festival – Parang, Maguindanao

Adivay Festival – Benguet

Ang Tipulo Festival – Antipolo City
Mango Festival – Zambales
Pandang Gitab Festival – Oriental Mindoro
Pasaka Festival – Tanauan, Leyte
Sagayan Festival – Buluan, Maguindanao

Best in Music: Dinagyang Festival
Best in Costume: Dinagyang Festival
Best in Folkloric Interpretation: Adivay Festival of Benguet

Ms. Victoria Emily Oke

Pasay City float which celebrates their 150th founding anniversary

Bahandilan Float – Alang-alang Leyte- winner first place


1st Place
Bahandilan Float – Alang-alang Leyte

2nd Place
Balinali Sang Gadung Float – Mangundadatu, Maguindanao

3rd Place
Gak’t Kastili sa Banobo Float – Northern Kabuntulan, Maguindanao

Runners up
Pusaka Float – Maguindanao
Datu Odin SInsuat Float – Maguindanao
Sagayan Float – Buluan, Maguindanao
Niyog-Puso ng Quezon – Catanaun, Quezon
Panagbenga Festival – Baguio City
Panimbang A tarakoku – Mother Kabuntalan, Maguindanao
Sinulog Float – Cebu City

Padang Gitab festival participant

The town of Bansud, Oriental Mindoro will present the Pandang Gitab festival, culled from the folkloric dance pandanggo sa ilaw which originated from the fisher-folk of Lubang island.

ladies dress in traditional costume from Mindoro

Note : Unlike last year, the street dancing competition and parade started a bit late.  According to an insider source, the organizers decided to move the street dancing to a later time slot due to the summer heat which can cause some participants to collapsed due to heat exhaustion .

Here is part 2 : Aliwan Festival Trade Exhibit https://renz15.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/aliwan-festival-2013-trade-show/

Aliwan festival was supported by   Smart Communications, Tanduay, Alaska, My Juiz, Cherry Mobile, Coca Cola, 7-11, Hanabishi, Republic Chemicals, Unique Toothpaste, Pride Detergent, M. Lhuillier, Dunkin’ Donuts, Sulit.Com, Solaire, Manila Ocean Park, and Islands Souvenirs, Department of Tourism , Cultural Center of the Philippines, City of Manila , City of Pasay   Aliwan Fiesta is now on its 11th year.  The grand culminating parade on April 13 kicks off from Quirino Grandstand and making its way to the Aliw Theater’s outdoor stage at the CCP Complex, where the awarding ceremonies were held.

For inquiries, call 832-6125, email siarcega@mbcradio.net, or log onto the official website at http://www.aliwanfiesta.com.ph

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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