Sunday, May 04, 2008


Related links:

Gearing up for Aliwan Fiesta 2008

Scenes from the 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 6:58 AM


Blogger NOYPETES said...

Ang ganda talaga ng kulay Kayumanggi! Lalong lumitaw ang kulay kayumanggi sa mga suot nila, makulay at masaya ang pahiwatig!

May 04, 2008 8:29 AM  

Blogger pusa said...

waaaa i missed it! totally forgot it though i vaguely remebered that you already posted here before the schedule of the aliwan festival!!! my bad.... thanks for sharing the photos with us :)

May 04, 2008 9:49 AM  

Blogger Photowalker said...

I was there too. It was a very educational shoot for photographers.

Shooting in Natural Daylight
Shooting in the Rain
Shooting in low light
Night shooting
Shooting Festivals, Portraits, Group Pictures.
Shooting moving subjects.

It was really unfortunate that the rain had to drench and delay the celebrations.

The street dance competition was hell for a lot of photographers. A lot of us were not able to shoot the street dance contest because of so many people. Some were even up on the trees.

May 04, 2008 11:01 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hey Pete! How are you? Good to know that you're enjoying yourself cruising the coast. JuandelaCruisers -- I like that ... hehehe!

Yes, lots of pretty women in yesterday's Aliwan Fiesta! Their floats, performances and rhythm created by their precusion bands were simply incredible. Dazzling, in fact.

May 04, 2008 11:36 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

How could you have missed it, Agnes? Anyway, there'll be another even more spectacular next year, though :)

May 04, 2008 11:37 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi Photowalker!

Enjoyed the pre-rain shoot. It was fun. However, the late after-rain parade was quite challenging. I particularly do not enjoy taking pictures of moving subjects under low light conditions; unless I wanted some artsy takes ... hehehe.

I simply wouldn't bring out my dSLR when it's raining -- it's not weather-sealed.

Great festival but the organizers don't rate as well when it comes to crowd control. Oh well ...

May 04, 2008 11:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice facial shots :)

I've noticed the upsurge of carnivals like this in the country. Once upon a time we only have the authentic Ati-atihan in the Panay island now we have a few of them around :)

May 04, 2008 10:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a sight! Smiling faces, fancy costumes, bright colours, and all. What is that on the teeth of the girl in the fifth photo? Jewels or just paint?

So may gumagamit ba ng pics mo nang walang paalam. Talaga naman ano?

I'm blogging at this link for the mean time.

May 05, 2008 3:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Nice pics of the pre-parade. Was there too amid the festivities. Got my pix too of a colorful presentation. At least Filipinos showed a typical characteristic of theirs last Saturday. Resilience or the ability to bounce back despite an adversity. Thanks! More pics to come!


May 05, 2008 7:21 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hey BW! Interesting point you raised. As someone had said, "Every day, there is one festival going on somewhere in the Philippines.

What also comes to mind is Rio's grand carnival which takes about a whole year for many of the participating samba schools to prepare for. A Brazilian friend of mine remarked that such preoccupation assuages certain misery in life.

Same reason, I guess, for some local folks.

May 05, 2008 7:41 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Dental braces, I think, Irene.

Yes, they really go all out not only with their finely choreographed dance routines, but with their costumes and make-up as well.

Unfortunately, there are local media organizations who get orgasmic pleasures when it comes to infringing copyright laws ... hehehe.

May 05, 2008 7:46 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi Tolitz!

I've spoken to some teachers and guardians of some of these young performers who admitted they all got drenched by the sudden storm-like rain. Personally, if I were a parent of one, I would have pulled out my kid and gone home. Wouldn't want my child to die of pneumonia or something ... hehehe.

But the show must go on, as they say :)

May 05, 2008 7:52 AM  

Blogger escape said...

amazing close up shots! i enjoy photo blogs like this one. adding you as a link.

May 05, 2008 5:04 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

These shots were taken during the pre-parade hour; hence, able to walk up close to them.


May 05, 2008 5:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the nice photos, eric! :)

May 06, 2008 6:12 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

My pleasure, Danii! Glad you like them . Thanks, too :)

May 06, 2008 7:03 AM  

Blogger Nick Ballesteros said...

Nice series!

May 06, 2008 8:38 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thanks, Watson!

May 07, 2008 6:43 AM  

Blogger INKBLOTS said...

Had it not rained, the festivities would have been livelier...great photos, Eric!

May 08, 2008 2:04 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

The earlier the better for this grand parade. It'd also give all the participants brief moments of rest in between.

Photographers can also take advantage of natural light :)

Many thanks, Ding!

May 08, 2008 6:32 AM  

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