Festival is Leyte’s bet to this year’s Aliwan Fest in Manila
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The Pasaka Festival of Tanauan town, reigning Kasadyaan-Pintados Festival
champion, is this year’s bet of the Province of Leyte to the Aliwan
Festival, the much awaited annual nationwide street dancing
competition which showcases the country’s best of the best festival
street dancers from all over the Philippines.
Mayor Roque Tiu
informed that the Pasaka Festival featuring the students from the
Tanauan National High School, is all set for the Aliwan Festival.
Observing the dress rehearsal which was conducted on Sunday, April 18,
Mayor Tiu said the group is indeed in high spirits and is ready to
show Leyte’s best festival form.
For this year’s Aliwan,
Leyte is participating in the three festival contests: the Streetdance
competition which will be participated in by the Pasaka Festival, the
Float Competition with the Bahandi Han Dagat of Tanauan, Leyte and the
Reyna ng Aliwan where Leyte will be represented by Ms. Marirose
Modesto of Tanauan, Leyte.
The Reyna ng Aliwan
2010 will be conducted at the Aliw Theater at 7:00 o’clock in the
evening of April 23 while the Aliwan Festival will be held on April
24, Mayor Tiu said.
Mayor Tiu disclosed
that the reigning Aliwan Champion is also from
Leyte. This is the Buyugan Festival which unfortunately will not
be able to participate in this year’s Aliwan.
It is not the first
time that the Pasaka Festival of Tanauan has joined the Aliwan
Festival, Mayor Tiu said. In 2004, the PASAKA Festival composed of the
elementary pupils of Barangay Bislig, placed second winning P500,000.
With the help of God
and with the intervention of the Patroness of Tanauan, Our Lady of
Assumption, it is hoped that the Pasaka contingent will do well at the
About 17 festivals, 11
Reyna ng Aliwan candidates and twelve floats from all over the country
will vie for this year’s Aliwan Festival which is scheduled on April
The Aliwan Festival
Street dance will have a new route. It will commence at the back of
the Mall of Asia and the final showdown will be held in front of the
Aliw Theater in Sotto Drive, just beside the Cultural Center of the
Philippines. Assembly area will be somewhere behind the
SMX Convention Center.
There will be two
judging areas. One at the back of the Mall of Asia and the final
judging area will be in front of the Aliw Theater. The street dance
will start at 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon.
Another improvement to
this year’s Aliwan Festival is the mandatory performance of all major
prize winners immediately after the Awarding Ceremony.