“Aliwan” is a tagalog word which means to amuse or entertain. A term fitting for this so-called “Mother of Festivals” called Aliwan Fiesta, running annually in Manila for 10 years (since 2003) which aims to gather some of the best festivals in the country and present them in one place. An ambitious task but successfully realized by Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) and Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). Maybe it’s the cheery and festive nature of Filipinos that made it successful every year.
The Aliwan Festival is an annual event held in Manila, Philippines. It’s where the best of the best festival winners from around the Philippines gather together to showcase what the Philippine Festival is known for – cheerful revelers wearing vibrant costumes with awesome performances. This year, I wanted to see this event since for the past years since it started, I’m away from Manila.