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Added Photo Gallery: Aliwan Fiesta 2011

New Photo Gallery: 2011 Aliwan Festival

What a fantastic event. The 2011 Aliwan Fiesta brought 18 festivals from all around the Philippine Islands together to perform and compete in the largest combined festival in the country.

The Aliwan Fiesta is a gathering of traditional cultural festivals from provinces all over the Philippines. These photos are from the 2011 Aliwan Festival in Pasay, Manila, April 17th, 2011.

If I had the power to change one thing about the Aliwan festival, I would simply add a subtitle to the event name: Festival of Smiles.

As you browse though the photos, it is my sincere hope that you will feel the warmth and friendship that was extended to me on this long, hot day in Manila.

This year’s participants included:

Baguio City was represented by the Panagbenga festival.

Laoag was represented by the Pamulinawen Festival.

Pampanga brings the Ibon-Ebon festival of Candaba.

Bulacan’s regional Singkaban celebrations was represented by two entries – Guiguinto’s Halamanan festival and Malolos’ Desposorio festival.

Oriental Mindoro brought the Pandang Guitab festival.

Pasig brought their Pakalog festival.

Batanguenos’ was represented by the Calacatchara festival..

The Bicol region showcases the Sosogon festival of Sorsogon.

Iloilo’s Dinagyang Festival was represented by Tribu Pantat and Kasadyaan champion Tribu Pan-ay.

From Cebu, the Abellana National High School to represent the Sinulog Festival.

Mindanao sent an impressive number of participants:

Jesus Soriano National High School for Davao’s Kadayawan.

Tapayan Central Elementary School for the Kapamagayon festival of Sultan Mastura, Maguindanao.

Tribu Teduray for the Kalimudan festival of Sultan Kudarat.

The Lembuhong festival of Uswag, Surallah, South Cotabato.

The Padang-Padang festival of Parang, Maguindanao.

The Kalilangan festival of General Santos City.

The Zamboanga City National High School depicting the Zamboanga Hermosa festival.

Photo Gallery: Aliwan Fiesta Photos