Monday, May 05, 2008


Related links:

Gearing up for Aliwan Fiesta 2008

The Smiles of Aliwan Fiesta 2008

Aliwan 2008 - The Festival Street Dancers

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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 8:28 AM


Blogger escape said...

thanks for sharing these beautiful photos. i was also there but i only took photos at night as i was featuring nightshots on my blog. but my photos are not as good as this looking at the perspectives.

May 05, 2008 5:01 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Taking pictures of moving subjects at low light condition is quite challenging.

The organizers may not be aware of it, but this festival's parade and street dance performances should be held at early afternoons to take advantage of great natural light. On the other hand, the beauty pageant aspect of it could be held in the evenings with spotlight, of course.

Anyway, I'll go check out your night shots.

Many thanks for dropping by, donG!

May 05, 2008 5:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wasn't able to attend the Aliwan Fiesta but seeing these beautiful pictures of yours are enough for me. I love the shots! :)

May 05, 2008 6:46 PM  

Blogger nutart said...

the sheer colors and textures are as always your style of photography, Eric! Some photographers I notice like it muted but your photos are full of colors in their purest tints!

You might say, but that is what the event is---colors! I say, no matter what your subject matter is, the first thing I see is color---like how a child sees everything around.

Pardon the unsolicited observation :-). Kaya I love looking at your photos...!

May 05, 2008 7:09 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thanks, LAR, but nothing beats being there yourself. It was incredibly intense. Those kids' enthusiasm and energy are simply amazing.

Kudos to all the people who made their presence and participation in this grand festival possible.

May 05, 2008 7:32 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thank you very much, Bernadette.

And to think that I'm supposedly color blind. This may explain my attraction to vibrant colors :)

But I must admit that I often approach my subjects with child-like wonder and enthusiasm :)

May 05, 2008 7:39 PM  

Blogger EM said...

Very nice pictures! I've been a silent fan of your excellent work for a while. This time I have to let some thoughts out. It's not far from what everybody says... just that it's from me.

Again, your work is superve and worth emulating. Thanks for bringing home to us who are far and homesick.

May 05, 2008 8:07 PM  

Blogger Ai Dihayco said...

when i read the news that cebuano contingent ( cebu,where i came from) won again in the aliwan, i immediately think about your site for beautiful pictures and scenes durinf the festival. Now, i'm here enjoying the pictures. tks for sharing senor!

May 05, 2008 8:24 PM  

Blogger Lola said...

Beautiful! The colors are so vivid and enticing. Is this the same as the Dinagyang dancers of Iloilo? I was able to watch this Dinagyang dancers in my dad's hometown fiesta parade and they were so awesome, especially those little bitty kids who were no more than 5 or 6 years old.

This is one of the things that makes the Philippines so exciting despite the graft and corruption, the intrigues and the scandals. Kung wala lang yan, the Philippines will be a paradise here on earth.

Ganda, Eric. I salute you!

May 05, 2008 11:31 PM  

Blogger Photo Cache said...

wonderful pics as always, but the costumes alone must have cost a pretty penny. who pays for the costume, the participants from their own pocket?

May 05, 2008 11:47 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hello Ai!

Congratulations! The Cebu Sinulog contingent performed incredibly well as they did last year.

But then personally, they all should have won! They were all superb :)

Many thanks and best regards :)

May 06, 2008 7:15 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thanks much, Pat!

Yes, they're the Dinagyang troupe. There must have been more than 3,000 dancers and musicians that comprised the 24 groups that participated in this year's event. All of them were impressive.

It was a lot of fun to be in their midst. I've taken more than 1000 shots but can't possibly post them all ... hehehe.

May 06, 2008 7:19 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Yes, Photo Cache, their costumes alone are quite stunning -- all originally-designed, too! I bet there's personal contributions involved in their making, but there must've been sponsorships as well.

Many thanks!

May 06, 2008 7:21 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi EM!

Many thanks for your kind words :)

These pics reflect my love for our city, culture, and its people. Glad to know that you enjoy them as much as I love taking them.

Again, many thanks!

May 06, 2008 7:23 AM  

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