Tuesday, May 06, 2008


Related links:

Gearing up for Aliwan Fiesta 2008

The Smiles of Aliwan Fiesta 2008

Scenes from the Aliwan Fiesta 2008

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Aliwan Fiesta 2007 - Photo Essays

The Day Before the Festival

The Enchantment

The Noisemakers and Peacekeepers

The Street Dancing

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posted by Señor Enrique at 12:49 AM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent post Senor! Makulay ang kulturang pinoy.

May 06, 2008 10:13 AM  

Blogger pusa said...

wow ang gaganda!!!

May 06, 2008 10:27 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

This event I will miss the most if ever I go back to live abroad, Mandaragat.

But then again, I'd most probably time my vacation during this time of the year so I wouldn't miss it :)

May 06, 2008 11:00 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

So make sure you don't miss it next year, Pusa. It is truly one of the best event in Manila. Ang ganda talaga mag-picture :)

May 06, 2008 11:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it always held on the 3rd of May, or on any date in May?

Nakakalito na kasi. Dito naman sa Dagupan, katatapos lang ng Bangus Festival. Tapos sumunod naman sa Calasiao town ang Puto Festival (yes, the famous mini-puto). Ay, nahihilo na ako sa dami ng festival.

But I would like to witness the Aliwan Fest next year because it's a showcase of the best of the best. It's like seeing all the festivals all over the country in just one event, di ba, Eric.

Come to think of it - don't you think the Philippines is the country with the most festivals in the entire world? If so, we might as well vie for a Guinness record in this category. hehehe.

May 06, 2008 11:20 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

"But I would like to witness the Aliwan Fest next year because it's a showcase of the best of the best. It's like seeing all the festivals all over the country in just one event, di ba, Eric."

Thta's right, Rhoda. I also noticed many foreigners who come to watch this grand parade.

By the way, it doesn't follow any particular event. Last year it was held in the latter part of April. From what I was told, this was originally a Christmastime attraction which was moved to the summertime.

That's a good idea. Someone should compile all the names and dates of all local festivals and then submit to Guiness.

May 06, 2008 11:58 AM  

Blogger nutart said...

This Aliwan is quite extravagant is nature! Each costume must have costed some thousands of pesos unless the producers know how to scrimp :-)...that is more the nature of Europeans. They have costumes that are handed down generations, I heard.

I love those dancers in action (last photos)! Dramatic lines :-)!

May 06, 2008 4:34 PM  

Blogger escape said...

i think the DOT has a complete list of all the festivals. usually they publish it in the paper in the monthly basis.

nice shots senor.

May 06, 2008 4:53 PM  

Blogger Unknown said...

love the costumes and colors, eric! very creative talaga mga pinoy.:D

May 06, 2008 6:02 PM  

Blogger Aura said...

Nakakaaliw naman. Feel like joining them Lol!!!

Great Shot SE!! I can almost see and feel the movements!!

BTW, now that you mentioned about asking permission. Can i copy some of your photos and perhaps publish them too in my blog??

Thanks and best regards!! Sana may ganyan din na festival din in Dec.(planing to spend xmas in phils this time,me go signal na hubby ko) aside from the lanterns & xmas lights.

May 06, 2008 6:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

beautiful, beautiful shots. :-)

i love them!

May 06, 2008 7:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Awesome shots! I can imagine the music and the dancing! Hindi ka ba napa-indak habang nanonood? Ay, may hawak ka palang camera! :-)

May 06, 2008 11:51 PM  

Blogger Photowalker said...

Nice set sir. I enjoyed shooting the performers too but your shots are way better than mine.

May 07, 2008 12:37 AM  

Blogger reyd said...

All I can say is :

"I wish I was there" :D

May 07, 2008 12:46 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thanks, Bernadette. Taking action shots in low light condition is really exasperating :( One can only do "artsy" shots ... hehehe.

Yes, sopme of these costumes are really elaborate. But I'm sure they received contributions to defray the costs.

May 07, 2008 7:35 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thanks, donG!

I should write DOT a note and bring this Guiness idea to their attention.

May 07, 2008 7:38 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I agree, Luna. Iba talaga ang Pinoy pag "inspired" ... hehehe. Ang gaganda talaga ng mga costume nila.

It would be nice to do a pictorial of some of each group's members for portrait shots -- all made up and wearing their awesome costumes.

May 07, 2008 7:41 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Yes, sure, Aura. I don't mind as long as permission is asked first. This way I can also check out their posts/features :)

Believe it or not, this festival was originally presented during the Christmastime, but it evolved to become the summer's biggest draw.

May 07, 2008 7:44 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Many thanks, Daniel!

May 07, 2008 7:44 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Lol ... now that you mentioned it, Juleste, yes, napapaindak at napapa-padyak pa nga ako, eh. At times I get embarrassed :)

I love the sounds and rhythms talaga! I love this festival!

May 07, 2008 7:46 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi Photowalker!

Perhaps, next time try what I do -- get close to the performers and go with their flow ... hehehe. Kung nahihiya ka, meet me next year at sumama ka sa akin ... hehehe

May 07, 2008 7:48 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Next time you come home for a visit, Reyd, Tiempo mo sa Aliwan Festival. Talagang magi-enjoy ka!

May 07, 2008 7:49 AM  

Blogger INKBLOTS said...

nag-enjoy talaga ako dito! It was my first time to see Aliwan. I hope see you in Aliwan 2009.

May 08, 2008 2:11 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

It was only my second, Ding, and had looked forward to the next since the the very first. A wonderful festival, indeed.

There must've been hundreds of fellow photographers, too, which made the whole thing even more exciting!

Yes, hope to run into you next time :)

May 08, 2008 6:35 AM  

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