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Aliwan Festival 2010

Written By: Kaloy - Apr• 24•10

For 7778 years in a row the Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) has hosted the Aliwan Festival near their base of operations in the Cultural Complex of the Philippines (CCP). Aliwan is a celebration, showcasing the numerous festivals around the country.

The islands of the Philippines has numerous cultures and practices, we are tied to the province  we are born, each province has a different culture, beliefs and practices, but all have fiestas! The MBC hosted Aliwan as a preview to the greatest festivals around the islands. Promoting awareness to the next generation of Filipinos on how diverse and culture rich we as a people all are.

Different contingents from around the country gather at the SMX convention center in Mall of Asia (MOA), Pasay city.  Even photographers novice and pro have gathered for the annual Aliwan photo contest, sponsored as well by the MBC. Taking pictures of the event is free! You can even have your pictures taken while the parade is in it’s full swing (just don’t forget to move while they start dancing).

The parade started at around 4pm in shadows of the SMX convention center. Here they form ranks and dance to the beat of their contingents drums. All are competing for the coveted prize of 1M pesos. The street dance competition will be judged in two stages. One will be in front of the pavilion of Mall of Asia (MOA) and another will be held in the Aliw theater in the CCP complex, between the two performance area’s the contingents will have to perform and dance on the streets of Roxas Boulevard. Each contingent would also have a festival queen that will will be competing for the tittle of Aliwan festival queen 2010. From the Dinagyang festival of Iloilo to the Panagbenga festival of Baguio. The Aliwan festival would sure be one party you would not want to miss!

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