I witnessed my first Aliwan Fiesta in 2009. Sadly, never had the time to watched again after that. Aliwan Fiesta 2011 will be on April 14-16, 2011---hopefully, I will have the chance to shoot and be mesmerized once again by the spectacle that it is!
April 25, 2009
Decided last minute to spend my free day with my daughter and to shoot Aliwan.
By 3pm, there were a lot of photographers around Aliw Theater taking photos of the many beautiful and creative floats. I decided to join the fray. Whew! what a hot, hot day!...after seeking refuge in a cool restaurant around the area and taking a cool drink, I proceeded to the photographers area to await the start of the show.
Was not lucky enough to get a "front seat" so contented myself to taking shots between theshoulders of the two guys in front of me for the first 3 contingents. After the Dinagyang group, the guy in front of me left and so I moved up front. But with the men squeezing in, I can't hardly move. Stayed only until 6pm as I felt that it might rain anytime.
Aliwan Fiesta is a wonderful way to promote our regional fiestas. If only the Sinulog and Ati-Atihan group were there( or maybe they were there but I missed them because I left early)..it would have been a tourism "tour-de-force". The floats were all gaily decorated by the region's respective products. Very creative I tell you...and the street dances were impressive..colorful, lively, fun and... makes you dance to the beat.
Feel the beat!
P.s. Because I left early, was not able to take photos of the winners. For the list of winners, click on: www.aliwanfiesta.com.ph