Catbalogan retains Aliwan Fiesta Championship
Catbalogan City asserted its superiority over other regional representatives with another decisive win in the street dance competition of the recently concluded Aliwan Fiesta 2016.
Tribu Katbalaugan, representing the city’s Manaragat Festival, bested contingents from various regions in the Philippines, including returning crowd-drawers representing Iloilo’s Dinagyang Festival, as they claimed the million peso grand prize for the second straight year. The Ilonggos, represented by Tribu Salognon of Jaro National High School, came in second, with students from Dr. Bernabe de la Fuente Sr. National High School in Upi, Maguindanao, essaying the Ted’urays’ Meguyaya Festival taking third place. Datu Piang, Maguindanao’s delineation of the Sagayan Festival, emerged fourth over-all, while the Hambujan Dancers of Dolores, Quezon, competing for the first time on behalf of the Niyogyugan Festival, landed fifth.
Runner-up honors went to the Anilag Festival of Laguna, the Boling-Boling Festival of Catanauan, Quezon, and the Panagbenga Flower Festival of Baguio, which was also awarded Best Folkloric Performance. Tribu Katbalaugan also took home special awards for Best Costume and Best Music.
In the float design competition, Cebu’s International Pharmaceuticals, Inc. won the top plum for rendering the Sinulog Float, with Danak of Cotabato City coming in second, and the Sagayan Festival coping up third place.
In the search for Reyna ng Aliwan, Sinulog Festival Queen Cynthia Thomalla recaptured the crown for Cebu, besting 15 other candidates. Andrea Fe Gomez of Baguio’s Panagbenga Festival was first runner-up, while second runner up honors went to Lou Dominique Piczon of Catbalogan City’s Manaragat Festival, Darlene Joy Tabuga for the Pintados de Passi Festival of Iloilo, and Airish Yamamoto of the Anilag Festival of Laguna. Thomalla was likewise named Best in Swimsuit, Miss Photogenic, Best in Evening Gown, and Best in Festival Costume. Gomez, meanwhile, received the Best Unique Smile award. Tabuga was also selected by her fellow candidates as Miss Friendship.
Those who missed the grand summer spectacle can watch the festivities with the Aliwan Fiesta TV Special, airing on May 14 at 2:30 pm on PTV 4 and hosted by 2015 Reyna ng Aliwan Stephanie Joy Abellanida.
The 2016 Aliwan Fiesta was presented by the Manila Broadcasting Company, Star City, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, in cooperation with the cities of Manila and Pasay with support from TM, Pride Detergent, Unique Toothpaste, Shield Bath Soap, Tanduay Rhum, Alaska, Coca Cola, Whiteflower, Dunkin’ Donuts, Cherry Mobile, Colombia’s, Fukuda, M. Lhuillier, Cruising, Asian Institute of Computer Studies, GES LED Lights, Bayview Park Hotel, Robinson’s Place Manila, Island Cove, and Hotel Jen.
Photo credits: Rossini Calabig