I just got back from SM Mall of Asia to watch Aliwan Fiesta 2010 and to take photos of the Philippines best of the best festival dancers.
The parking lot was still deserted when I arrived at the back of SMX but in just a matter of two hours, the area was completely covered by street dancers and photographers.
It was not only a gathering of street dancers, the area became a rendezvous of Pinoy young artists showcasing their indigenous costumes, unique culture and wide smile despite of the humid temperature.
The humid temperature was a blessing in disguise because in the past couple of years, rains have completely affected some of the streetdancers performance not to mention the inconvenience experienced by the spectators specially the photographers who’s eagerly trying their best to capture colorful memories while protecting their gadgets form the destructive downpour.
Some of the country’s best festivals was not present this year like the Tuna Festival of Gensan and the Kadayawan Festival of Davao but this years list of contingents were equally talented and promising.
Ilonggo’s continue to dominate Aliwan with three contingents which includes Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City, Kasag Festival of Banate Iloilo and Paraw Regatta also from Iloilo City.
Halamang Dilaw Festival of Bulacan lacks on powerful beat of the drums unlike most of the Sto. Nino Festival of the Visayas but its elegance and colorful costumes made their presentation really really worth watching.
I decided not to finish the street dancing competition since I have a prior commitment but I really enjoyed covering the event.
till next Aliwan Fiesta 2011:)
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