Tacloban City has entered the Hall of Fame of the Aliwan Fiesta.
The city grabbed their third straight Best Float Design title on Saturday, April 27, after parading their ‘Tacloban Through the Years’ float from Quirino Grandstand in Ermita to the Aliw Theater in Pasay city. They took home Php 500,000 cash prize.
Their three-part float showed various significant events that happened in Tacloban City, including the landing of American Gen. Douglas McArthur in July 1977 near the city in Leyte. The event marked the start of the liberation of the Philippines from Japanese occupation during World War II.
The Cebu city placed second with their IPI 60th Year of Sinulog Festival float while Parang, Maguindanao with their Palabuni-Bunyan festival float secured third place. They took home Php 250,00 and Php 100,000 cash prizes respectively.
Upi, Maguindanao’s Meguyaya Festival float; Atimonan, Quezon’s Atimonan Tagultol festival float; Pasay City’s Dayang-dayang Festival float; Mother Kabuntalan, Maguindanao’s Kapasiti a Lemba float; Sultan Mastura, Maguindanao’s Kuyog a Kang’lal float; Laguna’s Buhay at Kultura sa Lungsod ng San Pablo float; and Cotabato City’s Panuluganen float were all named runner-ups. They each received Php 25,000 cash prize.
Meanwhile, Tanuan, Leyte’s Pasaka festival was named the grand champion of the street dance competition in the 2019 Aliwan Fiesta. They won the Php 1 million cash prize after a performance that dramatized the devastation brought by Super Typhoon Yolanda on 2013 on their province and their resurgence through the help from groups all over the world.
Prior to winning the championship, Pasaka festival placed 2nd in 2013 and seized runner-up finishes 2005, 2010, and 2013 in the street-dance competition.
The 2018 champion Buraburon Festival of Burauen, Leyte seized second place. They also won the special awards for Best in Music and Best in Costume awards. They took home a total of Php 520,000 cash prize.
Bodong Festival of Pinukpuk, Kalinga; Tarakuko Festival of Mother Kabuntalan, Maguindanao; Panagbenga Flower Festival of Baguio City; Halamanan Festival of Guiguinto, Bulacan; and Antipolo Maytime Festival shared the runner-up position. They all won Php 50,000 each.
The Bodong Festival also seized the Pride of Place, adding another Php 10,000 to their take-home cash prize.