Monday, April 18, 2011

Dinagyang Dominates ‘Aliwan’

MANILA – Dinagyang Festival was declared the champion in the 2011 Aliwan Fiesta held here over the weekend.

Dinagyang, Iloilo City’s premier festival, was represented by its 2011 champion, Tribu Pan-ay of Fort San Pedro National High School.

Pantat Festival of Iloilo province’s Zarraga town was declared first runner-up. It was the grand champion in this year’s Dinagyang kasadyahan contest.

The Iloilo contingents bested 16 other Philippine festivals that vied for top honors in this annual event that gathers different cultural festivals of the country.

Tribu Pan-ay won P1 million while Tribu Pantat was given P500,000.

In the Reyna ng Aliwan beauty pageant, Ilongga beauty Dominique Braun of Tribu Pantat bagged second runner-up honors.

She was also declared best in talent.

Miss Dinagyang 2011 Samantha Marie Amparo won the Best in Festival Costume Award.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog of Iloilo City lauded Iloilo’s delegation for their sterling Aliwan performance.

Dubbed as “The Mother of All Fiestas,” Aliwan began in 2003.

It aims to showcase the different Filipino cultures and heritage not only to the people in Metro Manila but also to the rest of the world.

The contingents, meanwhile, aim to promote their respective regions both economically and tourism-wise.

Aliwan was originally organized as a visual extravaganza for the Christmas season but it has since been held during the summer months.

Aliwan is a Tagalog word for “entertainment” or “amusement.”

Panay News


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