The Aliwan Festival - Melting Pot Of Culture
By: Nathalie Santos Dayo
Manila Broadcasting Company along with the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the cities of Pasay and Manila bring this event annually which started 2003 to the delight of many Filipino and foreign photographers.
I started photography quite early, since I was never one who is comfortable in front of the camera, but I never took the hobby seriously until February of 2009. So I missed a couple of chances to watch the Aliwan Festival from the time it started.
Last year when my friend invited me to watch it, I took the chance to watch this annual parade of the diverse Filipino culture for the very first time.
After watching the endless and tireless rehearsals, I proceeded to the photographers area which was the best place to be at that time since the performers were right in front of us. We stood there patiently waiting for the parade to start. Heres an example of one of the ingenious floats.
The Bamboo Float
Up until this day, I still dont have the words to describe how I felt when I saw this wonderful float.
It didnt matter to these performers even if it was already starting to drizzle.
This year the Aliwan Festival assembly area was at the back of the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) in Pasay City, I made sure to be there early so I can watch the assembly and the rehearsals just like the previous year.
I was busy taking shots of the contingents, performers and their muses that I almost did not notice that the floats were arriving.
The float was from the contingents coming from the Mindanao area.
The float was designed with fabric from the Mindanao region and it also had traditional adornments native to Mindanao.
This year I agreed with my husband that we will not go to the Aliw Theater in the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex to watch the street dance competition.
What I did was I took photos of the rehearsals of the contingents instead.
I wondered what the giant things on the sticks were. After taking this photo, I went for a closer look and found out that these were giant dragonflies!
And before we went home, I made sure that I have a photo of something that would represent the music in the Aliwan Festival.
Tribal and ethnic, the kind of music that is unique to the people of this region.
And I did not forget to take photos of the unique and warm smile of the Filipino people, something that we are all proud of.
Have A Great Story About This Topic?
Do you have a great story about this?