Sunday, April 29, 2018

Aliwan Fiesta 2018 Float Competition Winners

Wazzup Pilipinas!
Congratulations to the winners of the float competition!

#12 Fiesta Tarakloban Float

#8 Sinilatan Float


#5 Kapasiti Float

#2 Ipi-Sinulog Float
#9 Catanauan Float
#10 Abra New Day Float
#11 Tagultol Float
#6 Bangsa Maguiranun Float
#7 Biton Float
#4 Singkaban Festival Float

Pasay City has taken pride in being called the “gateway to the Philippine Islands” and “the travel city,” where visitors get the first taste of the world-renowned Filipino hospitality in its happy combination of modernity and traditional folk culture. The main frame of the float for their Dayang-dayang festival is an amakan – woven bamboo material representing unity and harmony, traits of its citizenry, which have made the city progressive. The image of the Señor Sto. Niño symbolizes a people welcoming visitors with warmth, generosity, and kindness. The three pillars laden with beads, sinamay and rattan accessories represent the major awards given to Pasay for good governance, literacy, and as a luminary. Pasay: The Travel City, Where the Fun Begins” through the Dayang-Dayang festival!

Star City Float  - with festival queens :  Joanna Marie Rabe (Dinamulag Mango festival of Zambales);  Bianca Iraham (Zamboanga Hermosa festival);  Jackie Ruth Urongan (Sinalug festival of Zamboanga ddel Norte); Arl Banquerigo (Munato festival of Sarangani);   Novie Leonerio  (Tuna festival of General Santos City);  Elizabeth Bills  (Kalilangan festival of General Santos City); 

International Pharmaceuticals Incorporated, with the support of the city government of Cebu once again dazzles Aliwan audiences with the float for the Sinulog festival, honoring their patron Señor Santo Nino  Aboard is Reyna Juana, wife of Rajah Humabon – the first Cebuano Christians – atop a carved balangay which represents craftsmanship  and seamanship during pre-colonial times.  Depicted is the fluvial procession honoring the sacred image of the Holy Child, who continues to manifest Himself in the lives of devotees seeking His favor for blessings, healing, protection, and patronage.  The float also depicts a feast of thanksgiving, enriching both faith and culture, where everyone dances to the beat of the drums and delights in the rhythm, while joyously shouting Viva Señor Santo Niño, Viva Pit Señor!  Ladies and gentlemen, the IPI-Sinulog festival float with their festival queen Shaila Mae Rebortera!

The Halamanan festival is an awesome and elegant celebration in the town of Guiguinto, Bulacan, held every third week of January and timed with the feast of the town’s patron San Ildefonso.  The festival puts a premium on ornamental flowering plants, which are the town’s main products.  It pays tribute to the renowned landscape artists of Guiguinto, as well as those who create topiaries, bonsai, and figure plants.  The costumes in the town’s dance festival are also inspired by the colorful flora which have found creative manifestations in the hands of gardeners and horticulturists.  Long live Guiguinto’s  Halamanan festival, with their festival queen Micaela Manuel! 

The Singkaban festival is an annual celebration in the province of Bulacan, which features various activities highlighting the rich culture of the province.  It is anchored on the art of whittling called “singkaban”.  Their float depicts the Kneeling Carabao festival of Pulilan, held each year on May 14 in tribute to San Isidro Labrador, wherein the carabao are made to kneel in front of the church.  Bulacan’s renowned whittlers have shaped the wood into various designs, complemented by folded leaves called “puni,” which decorate the homes during the festival in Pulilan along with fruits, vegetables, and plants.  Indeed, the Kneeling Carabao festival as rendered by Bulakeño craftsmen in the art of Singkaban is a sight to behold in rightful thanksgiving or a bountiful harvest.   From the province of Bulacan – the Singkaban festival float with their festival queen Lady Justerinnie Santos!

The municipality of Shariff Aguak in Maguindanao chose to highlight the traditional Sagayan headdress on its float called the Kapasiti.  Sagayan warriors preceed any procession in Maguindanaoan culture – be it a parade on foot or one featuring vehicles.  The procession, called “kuyog” shows the warrior’s face covered by a red kerchief, symbolically warding off evil.  Spirits are represented by the floor yellow, and the kerchief prevents eye-to-eye contact with the unseen.  Maguindanaoans believe that a Sagayan warrior sees his opponents through the Kapasiti headdress.  He has to continually shake his head as further deterrent to evil spirirts.  From Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao – the Kapasiti float!

From the town of Mother Kabuntalan in Maguindanao comes the Bangsa Maguiranun float, which alludes to a land of lasting peace among the royal houses, brought about by inter-marriage between the Sultan of Unayan and the daughter of Rajah Buayan.  The couple resided in Tarakuku which has been renamed Mother Kabuntalan.  The float depicts the tradition called Daradiat, during which a fluvial parade is held.  On their beautifully decorated float we see intricate heirlooms and a rendering of the mythical Sarimanok, crafted by the oldest sculptor Kuban Gumacad.  Twin cannons from the Sri Vijayan empire of Malacca are also featured, along with dabakan drums.  At the center is the ornately decorated  bedchamber called the Lemba, all decked in authentic ornamental cloths that reflect the history of Ranao and Maguindanao.  A kulintang ensemble plays the rhythmic music throughout.  From Mother Kabuntalan, Maguindanao – the Bangsa Maguiranun float!

The town of Upi, Maguindanao presents their float called Biton, which depicts the traditional Teduray basket.  It is woven from a thin and light bamboo variety called “pawa,” the commonly used rattan variety called “uway,” and the “nito” vine favored by indigenous folk.  The squarish round basket is used to carry harvested corn, rice, vegetables, and other crops, and later strapped on the forehead when carried by Teduray women.  From the tri-people of Upi, Maguindanao and crafted by the people of barangay Bugabungan – the Biton float for the Meguyaya festival!

The richly exotic culture of Cotabato City is presented in this year’s Aliwan via the Sinilatan – a flotilla centered on a colorful ornamental umbrella carried during a royal coronation, a wedding parade, or other special occasions.  Heavily embroidered,  the umbrella symbolizes royalty in Maguindanaoan culture.  The ornate flotilla is adorned with traditional décor like the pandala flags, likos, the bagyontay, and the split cut stripe alluding to the three royal houses.  The Kawai ritual is also enacted, wherein a piece of gold is caught to signify the consent of a bride to a wedding, and the acceptance of the groom into the family.  Sagayan dancers and a kulintang ensemble complete the tableau.    From Cotabato City --  the Sinilatan float!

Manila Broadcasting Company Float  - with candidates for Reyna ng Aliwan:  Sharifa Akeel (Kalimudan festival of Sultan Kudarat);  Chrislyn Jabonero  (Kalivungan festival of North Cotabato);   Maristela Santiago  (Antipolo Maytime Festival);  Keziah Bartolome  (Iloilo Paraw Regatta festival);  Joanna Marie Watamama  (Pintados de Passi festival); Joyce Marie Sebio  (Binirayan festival of Antique); Ashanti Shaine Ervas (Niyogyugan festival of Quezon Province;

The Boling-Boling festival of Catanauan showcases a festival anchored on the art of merry-making, which townsfolk indulge in before the Lenten season begins.  The pyramid structure on the float signifies the face of Catanauan, particularly the wildness of the revelry, which gives way to their strong spirituality,  heightened these days by socio-political concerns of the people and the rest of their countrymen.  Boling-Boling manifests the people’s  craziest dreams and desires without inhibition.  Materials used on the floast are local products artistically crafted in numerous designs.  From the Boling Boling festivalthe Catanauan float with their festival queen Ella Mariz Cayabyab!

The float of the Abrenian Kawayan festival showcases the rich culture and traditions of the Ilocano and Tingguian, as rendered in bamboo and other local materials.  Abra New Day, as the float is called, depicts Abra after celebrating its centennial year.  It features the Bangued Dapil – the traditional method of extracting juice from sugarcane, which is one of Abra’s main agricultural products.  Basi wine, vinegar, molasses and muscovado are some of the by-products of sugarcane.  The float also showcases the La Paza Abel Abra – a burgeoning loom weaving industry based on the colorful Abel.   From Bangued – the float called Abra New Day for the Abrenian Kawayan festival, with their queen Chanel Mistyca Corpuz!

A sanctuary beneath Lamon Bay is the inspiration of Atimonan’s Tagultol float.  It features a colorful display of marine life and the underwater kingdom using artistic rendering of corals, whale sharks, sea urchins, jelly fish, and other sea creatures.  Adding life is a 14-foot statue of Atimonan’s famous landmark – the mermaid --  embellished with coconut shells.  Atimonan  is home to the biggest artificial reef in the country, hence coral growth is promoted.  A whale shark regularly visits the seabed precisely because of the coral reef.  On the float, a huge net is crafted from woven coconut husks, with abaca as the waves of the sea;  the fiber is also used on the town’s official seal together with sinamay and vines.  On the whole, Atimonan’s float makes creative use of various coconut by-products, from copra, to the spathe, the sheath, palm ribs, and the fruit.  After all, the economy of Quezon province is anchored on the coconut, which for them is indeed the tree of life.  Once again, the Tagultol float from Atimonan Quezon with their festival queen Radhell Berbon! 

Tacloban has derived inspiration from  its patron’s fiesta in designing their festival float.  Celebrated every year on the 30th of June in honor of the Sto. Niño de Tacloban, it commemorates the miraculous return of the image 129 years after being lost at sea – an event that also marked the end of a cholera epidemic in the town.  The central figure on the float is the venerated image of the Sto. Niño, enclosed by the “taklub” – a fishing implement from which Tacloban got its name.  At the head of the float is a representation of the E-jeepney, a concession of the city, slowly rising and modernizing from the ravages of another disaster – super typhoon Yolanda.  The canopied platform at the center represents the San Juanico bridge.  Completing the tableau are extension platforms laden with regulation fiesta fare such as the lechon.  The tailend carries the Rose of Tacloban, reminiscent of generations of beauty queens.  Tana Pamatron Kamo Ha Tacloban with the Fiesta Tarakloban float with Sangyaw festival queen Chelsea Fernandez! 

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