Last week I was in Metro Manila to cover the annual Aliwan Fiesta. Now on its 15th year the festival celebration is organized by Manila Broadcasting Company and jointly sponsored by the cities of Manila and Pasay.
This year we witnessed a much bigger and even more colorful Aliwan.
Thirteen Festivals joined the street dancing competition from as far as the Balitok ti Alicia of Alicia Isabela in the North to Meguyaya Festival of Upi Maguindanao in the South.
It was a grand showcase of the rich and diverse Philippine culture.
The muse from cebu representing the Sinulog Festival took home the much coveted crown and the title Reyna ng Aliwan. This is Cebu’s 7th title for the pageant.
In the float category, the masterpiece from Tacloban which was designed by Daniel and Nick Guarino of Festivali emerged as this year’s best.
In street dancing competition Tribu Salognon of Dinagyang Festival emerged asbthis years champion besting 12 other festivals from all over the Philippines.
The group Hubon Binagtong of Manggahan Festival of Guimaras won the 1st runner up trophy. While Tribu Katbalaugan of Manaragat Festival of Catbalogan City Samar won the 2nd runner up award.
But immediately after the announcement of winners a scuffle ensued. It is said to be between the dancers of Dinagyang Catbalogan and Datu Piang Maguindanao
Bottles and monobloc chairs were flying out of nowhere. People were running in every direction trying to save their dear life.
I was just so lucky i was able to get inside the star city. But after a few minutes a second round of the rumble ensued.
Thank God it didn’t reach the star city area.
I just hope that next year more stringent security measures will be imposed. And hopefully prosecute and penalize the offending parties.