Inside Aliwan Fiesta: The Best of the Best Aliwan Fiesta

Celebrating unity and diversity through cultural street dance and grand float

Celebrating unity and diversity through cultural street dance and grand float

Since 2023, cultural street dancers from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao take pride to compete and showcase the beauty and story of their roots through grand floats and street dance performances. These contingents were hand-picked to represent their region's festival through local competitions. Indeed, they are the "crème de la crème!"

The Grandest Philippine Fiesta usually kicks off with the ceremonial gong situated at Quirino Grandstand in Manila, where the contingents' first performances take place. Following their performance is the start of a four-kilometer parade along Roxas Boulevard with one stop at Rajah Soliman for another peek at their performance. The contingents will finish off the grand parade in front of Aliw Theater by having a full-blast performance of their cultural street dance. The performances, accompanied by live music, exhibit colorful costumes that reflect the culture and tradition of their place of origin. The competition is open not only to distinguished festivals but also to obscure but consequential feasts all over Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Along with the cultural street dancers, fascinating grand floats from various regions also participate during the parade to compete and showcase anecdotes of their regions’ culture and traditions. This work of art conveys the historic accounts of their places through natural materials and embellishing elements.

This competition not only demonstrates our cultural heritage but also marks the unity and diversity of various regions in the country. On top of that, these remarkable performances and spellbinding floats elevate the tourism of their respective regions as they attract local and foreign tourists to visit their locality and enjoy their festivities and all that it has to offer.