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Festival of Festivals: Aliwan Fiesta 2016 Schedule of Activities

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Aliwan Fiesta 2017 photo by Iana Peralta via Flickr
Aliwan Fiesta 2017 photo by Iana Peralta via Flickr

Aliwan Fiesta 2016 Schedule of Activities

Dubbed as the mother of all fiestas, be prepared to witness once again the biggest and grandest coming together or all cultural festivals throughout the Philippines in the coming Aliwan Fiesta 2016!

Aliwan Fiesta 2015 photos by incrediblethots via Flickr Creative Commons
Aliwan Fiesta 2015 photos by incrediblethots via Flickr Creative Commons

Aliwan Fiesta harnesses the power of Philippine festivals to showcase how religion, culture, and tradition are woven into the fiber of our existence. The Aliwan Fiesta started way back in 2003, when the 7,107 islands of the Philippines gathered in a parade of festivities. This year, Aliwan Fiesta 2016 will be held on Sotto Street, Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, Pasay from April 14 to April 16, 2016.


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Aliwan Fiesta 2016 photo by Iana Peralta via Flickr
Aliwan Fiesta 2016 photo by Iana Peralta via Flickr

On the first day of the event, April 14, 2016, the Tugtog ng Aliwan or Festival Music Showdown will be held on 6 pm at Sotto Street, CCP Complex, Pasay. Official musicians of the participants taking part in the festival dance competition will present a medley comprised of one song endemic to the area or region they represent, mashed with their own arrangement of the hit “Nae Nae” by Silento.

Official Aliwan Fiesta 2016 Schedule of Activities

Aliwan Shoppers Bazaar
April 14-16, 2016 – whole day, Sotto Street, CCP Complex, Pasay

Tugtog ng Aliwan
Festival Music Showdown
April 14 – 6 PM, Sotto Street, CCP Complex, Pasay

Reyna ng Aliwan Beauty Pageant
Festival Queen Competition
April 15 – 6 PM, Sotto Street, CCP Complex, Pasay

Aliwan Float Parade and Streetdance Competition
April 16, 2016
4 PM – Kick off at Quirino Grandstand
6 PM – Culminating Showdown at Sotto Street, CCP Complex, Pasay
9 PM – Awarding Ceremonies

No festival is complete without a showcase of Filipina beauties. The Festival Queen Competition is composed of Filipina beauties representing the various festivals all over the nation. Last year’s Reyna ng Aliwan was Stephanie Joy Abellanida representing Midsayap Halad festival of North Cotabato. To whom will she pass the Reyna ng Aliwan crown? Find out in this coming annual Reyna ng Aliwan Pageant on April 15 at 6 pm.

Reyna ng Aliwan Previous Contestant
Reyna ng Aliwan

Another highlight of Aliwan Fiesta 2016 is the Shopper’s Bazaar for those who are looking for local handicrafts or souvenirs. The Shopper’s Bazaar will be open the whole day for everyone. No need to hurry too, because the Shopper’s Bazaar will run from April 14 to April 16 at Sotto Street, CCP Complex, Pasay.

And the main event of Aliwan Fiesta 2016 is the Float Parade and Streetdance Competition which will be on April 16. The Santo Niño Fluvial Float of Samar dominated last year’s Float Parade. What festival will reign in this year’s Float Design competition? There are so many festivals to choose from but definitely, how they will be presented is something to look forward to this years Aliwan Fiesta.

Aliwan Fiesta Float Parade
Aliwan Fiesta Float Parade

On the other hand, the Streetdance Competition is also exciting. It will be an opportunity for some people, who cannot or were not able to attend the festival in the place of origin, to experience the various cultural and religious festivals in the Philippines. Manaragat Festival, Sinulog Festival, Halad Festival, and many more festivals will be showcased on April 16.

The Aliwan Fiesta 2016 Float Parade and Aliwan Streetdance Competition will start at 4 pm at the Quirino Grandstand and travel along Roxas Boulevard. At 6 pm, the Culminating Showdown will commence at Sotto Street, CCP Complex, Pasay where each participant will perform their respective festival for a period of six minutes. When all the festivals have been performed, the Awarding Ceremonies will be held right after at 9 pm.

List of Aliwan Fiesta 2016 Contingets

Just like the official schedule of activities, the official list of Participating Festivals will be provided to us soon and you will first read it here 🙂

List of Aliwan Fiesta 2016 Winners

We will post it as soon as we get it from the organizers 🙂

Makiisa, makisaya, pista’y narito na! Happy Aliwan Fiesta 2016!

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