An inherent part of the Filipino spirit is the joy of life. We easily find reasons to celebrate even in the very
mundane things of everyday living. There are few other cultures on the planet that could perhaps match the
Filipinos' fervor in celebrating their blessings, commemorating their past or observing solemn religious rituals.
Indeed, the Philippine archipelago is a colorful and vibrant hodgepodge of the most spirited festivals one can
imagine. With passionate creativity and an inherent love for fun, cities, towns, and even remote villages in this
highly diverse group of islands have come up with dazzling celebrations of life that highlight our history, our
spirituality, our means of living, and the beauty of our people.
With myriad sights and sounds that delight foreign and local tourists alike, local fiestas have epitomized the
Filipino psyche. Street parades, pageants, live music, and a seemingly endless appetite for food and drink
characterize most of these events, many of which have expanded to include showcasing other art forms, regional
produce, and even sports challenges.
Indeed, the mantle of revelry that manifests itself in the colorful costumes, elaborate headdresses, sets and
props -- which often take months to conceptualize, perfect, and prepare - all find fruition in Aliwan Fiesta. And
the festivals that take part every year enable audiences to catch a kaleidoscopic glimpse of how these are
celebrated in various parts of the country - all in one convergent whole and reduced to a single time capsule --
without the expense of travelling from island to island.
Tao po - namimiyesta po!