Buyogan Festival gears up for Aliwan Fiesta ’08
The Buyogan Festival of Abuyog, Leyte – winner of last year’s Leyte Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival – ham it up today, May 3 at the culminating highlight of the Aliwan Fiesta 2008 Streetdance Competition in Metro-Manila.
The Aliwan Fiesta is the national grand competition of festivals featuring the country’s best festival contingents vying for the P1M top prize and bragging rights. Previous Aliwan Fiesta competitors included the Pamulinawen Festival of Laoag City, Bonok Bonok Marajaw Karajaw of Surigao City, Diyandi Festival of Iligan, Sinulog Festival of Cebu, Masskara Festival of Bacolod City, Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City, Tultugan Festival of Maasin, Iloilo Halad Festival of Pigcawayan North Cotabato, Kadayawan Festival of Davao City and the Pintaflores Festival of San Carlos City, among others.
The 250-odd man Buyogan Festival contingent, loaded in 5 buses, motored all the way from Abuyog, Leyte to Metro-Manila. They have practiced for months on end, and now it’s D Day. They represent Eastern Visayas (Region 8), together with another contingent, the Alikaraw Festival of Hilongos – 3-time winner in the Leyte Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival.
The Aliwan streetdance competition starts at 4PM at the Quirino Grandstand and ends at the Aliw Theater, beside the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Here’s a preview of the Buyogan Festival during one of their tedious rehearsals…
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