Catbalogan retains Aliwan Fiesta Championship

Catbalogan retains Aliwan Fiesta Championship
Still the champion: Tribu Katbalaugan for the Manaragat Festival of Catbalogan City

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.

2016 Iloilo Dinagyang champion Tribu Salognon
Cordillera culture showcased by Pinsao National High School of Baguio
Soloist of the Dr Bernabe de la Fuente National High School for the Meguyaya Festival of Upi, Maguindanao
Sagayan Festival Dancers of Datu Piang, Maguindanao
Hambujan dancers of Dolores, Quezon for the Nyogyugan Festival of Quezon

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.

2016 Sinulog Festival Queen Cynthia Thomalla regains the Reyna ng Aliwan Crown for Cebu

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.

2016 Reyna ng Aliwan Cynthia Thomalla with last year’s festival queen Stephanie Joy Abellanida flanked by MBC officials Santi Elizalde, Juan Elizalde, Jun Nicdao, and Ed Cordova, along with Manila tourism officer Liz Villasenor
2016 Reyna ng Aliwan Cynthia Thomalla and her court: Airish Yamamoto of Laguna, Andrea Fe Gomez of Baguio, Darlene Joy Tabuga of Passi City, and Lou Dominique Picson of Catbalogan City

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

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