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



Grand Picnic Day with Big Celebrities at Jollibee Family Bee Day Celebrations

Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park , Manila-Philippines

a family enjoyed a grand picnic day celebrations at luneta park

Thousands of families converged in 5 different venues across the country and enjoyed a fun- filled afternoon during Jollibee’s Family Bee Day , dubbed as the grandest picnic ever!

 Twirlie mascot with some participants

The event is held simultaneously at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, Bayanihan Park in Pampanga ,  Nuvali footall field in Laguna , Plaza Independencia in Cebu and Crocodile Park in Davao.

Jollibee Family Bee Day welcome arch

The event started at around past 1:00PM with people from all walks of life enjoyed the entire afternoon walking , enjoying fun filled games , live musical presentations, family bonding , free foods,  freebies and on- the spot raffle contests where lucky individual or family can win gift certificates and party packages courtesy of Jollibee Food Corporation and its sister companies .

Mr. Champ together with a group of children

Mr. Chris Urbano – social networking website sensation ( Maputing Cooking )

Mr. Chris Urbano is an Australian foreigner who orders Kaligayahang Manok (Chicken Joy) at Jollibee store using straight Tagalog words, video became viral and hot online. He  was trending in social networking websites and earned positive feed backs from netizens.

stilt walkers

Celebrities includes Ms. Marian Rivera , Mr. Erik Santos and Moonstar88 trooped to Nuvali football grounds, Yum endorser Ms. Julie Barretto , Ms. Shaina Magdayao , Mr. Rayver Cruz and 6Cyclemind wowed audiences at the Bayanihan Park .  Mr. Gerald Anderson, Ms. Julie Ann San Jose and Sponge Cola thrilled families and friends at Plaza Independencia while Ms. Maja Salvador , Mr. Slater Young and Imago entertained picnic goers at the Crocodile Park in Davao .


The crowd is quite impressive at the Quirino grandstand area, There were at least 3,500 to 5,000 people . Top billed performers includes Mr. Martin Nievera, Ms. Klarisse de Guzman and Callalily top-billed the list of performers who entertained families at the Quirino grandstand.

Jollibee employees and crews happily gave away food packages to the participants of the event.

employees and staffs

Red Ribbon booth also sells a lot of delicious snacks  from its mamon to cakes

Mr. Harvey Ong and Mr. Joseph Tambuntiong

Mr. Harvey T. Ong is the vice president of  marketing -Jollibee Food Corporation and Mr. Joseph Tambuntiong -President of Jollibee Philippines ,graciously “welcomed” all the participants and invited media . ” We are very excited to mount an event of this magnitude that celebrates the Filipinos’ love for bonding over good food . We are very happy with the turnout and pleased to see everyone enjoying the company of other people who they treat like family . Talagang dito sa Jollibee , ang sarap maging pamilya “, said Jollibee vice president for marketing Mr. Harvey T. Ong.

L-R Mr. Zoren Legaspi, Maverick Peter , Maria Cassandra and Ms. Carmina Villaroel

After a short but meaningful press-conference and a short question and answer portion, the family graciously pose for a souvenir shot along with Jollibee executives .

family group photo

Ordinary hot summer afternoon into fun-filled celebration with exciting entertainment for some of the country’s leading celebrities and bands, outdoor fun and games , and great foods . The country’s number #1 family fast-food chain truly enabled thousands of families to celebrate the grandest picnic ever!  We hope that the company organize again an event like this one next year 2015! Beeda ang Saya to Everyone !!!

Note: I would like to ” Thank” Mr. Niel Mugas for extending the invitation .and the rest of Stratworks Inc. for the warm hospitality extended .

Website links:

Jollibee Food Corporation:

Greenwich :

Red Ribbon :

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

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, or log onto the official website at

Manila Oceanarium

The Manila Ocean Park ( MOP) is an oceanarium at the back of Quirino grandstand in Manila . It is owned by China Oceanis Philippines Inc., a subsidiary of China Oceanis Inc., a Singaporean-registered firm that has operated four oceanariums in China .

There is also a hotel called H20, restaurants, souvenir shops and a place to find relaxation and watch the famous Manila bay sunset.

garoupa – lapu-lapu

Operating Hours
Manila Ocean Park is open from 10am – 9pm, Mondays through Sundays. Special tours may be requested and booked earlier than tour schedules.

Entrance Fee
The Entrance Fee for adults is PHP400 (approximately US$10) and PHP350 (approximately US$9) for children.

Security Checks
Everyone entering the Park is subject to a security check. Bags, parcels and/or items shall undergo inspection before entry.

Flash photography is not allowed as this scares the marine animals. Photography, videotaping, recording of any kind, broadcast or transmission for commercial purposes is not allowed.

Guests with Special Needs
Guests of Manila Ocean Park requiring special assistance can bring their own wheelchairs to the Park. Guests bringing in small children may be allowed to use their strollers inside the Oceanarium. A limited number of wheelchairs and strollers may be rented for a nominal fee at the entrance.

Personal Conduct
Interactive kiosks and projections, as well as educational materials and other equipment, have been installed within the Manila Ocean Park to enhance the learning experience. Guests are free to use the equipment under minimal supervision; however, it is expected that care shall be taken during its use.

First Aid
First Aid Stations are available at the front desk and second floor activity center.

The Manila Ocean Park is located behind the Quirino Grandstand, in Luneta,  Manila. For more information, contact +(632) 567.7777 and +(632) 567 2309

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