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…

View the full gallery here…

~ by gerryruiz on 3 May 2008.

13 Responses to “Buyogan Festival gears up for Aliwan Fiesta ’08”

  1. good luck to buyogan festival at the aliwan fiesta… coming from the province of leyte, proud jud ko nga ang atong probinsya mi-present ug duha ka contingents sa aliwan… ang atong pag-present makatabang usab sa turismo sa atong probinsya… usa ako ka hilongosnon ug nag-expect sab ko nga parehas sa buyogan, ang contingent sad sa among lungsod makakuha sad unta ug ganti… kabalo ko nga nag-practice sad sila but ang resulta kay mag-agad ra man sa mga judges…

    dako nakong ikalipay kon ag duha ka contingents gikan sa leyte maka-penetrate sa top 5 or top 10… dako na nang dugong sa probinsya ug sa atong lungsod…

    karong adlawa mahitabo na ag tiga kon si kinsa ang mahimong the best festival in the philippines ug makadaug ug 1 million pesos…

    sa akong forecast the champion either be the lumad or the dinagyang… kay sila man juy mga magagaling but naa say puruhan ag gikan sa leyte… o di ba??? basin ag champion from buyugan or alikaraw or vice versa…hahaha

    good luck to tribu alikaraw… Dasdas HILONGOSNON
    good luck also to buyogan festival…

    to the owner of this blog, pls update us with the results of the aliwan competition in your site so that people like me will know about it…

  2. Aliwan Fiesta 2008 Final Results

    Here are the final results of the yesterday’s Aliwan Fiesta competition:


    Kalilintad Festival of Mamasapano Shariff Kabunsuan
    Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City
    Guinakit of Parang Shariff Kabunsuan
    Panagbenga Festival of Baguio City
    Kalilangan Festival of General Santos City
    Singkaban Festival of Hagonoy, Bulacan

    3rd Place: Sinulog Festival of Cebu City

    2nd Place: Boling Boling Festival of Catanauan, Quezon

    GRAND PRIZE : Pamulinawen Festival of Laoag City



    Kadayawan Festival of Davao City
    Pamulinawen Festival of Laoag City
    Halad Festival of Midsayap, North Cotabato
    Singkaban Festival of Hagonoy, Bulacan
    Buyogan Festival of Abuyog, Leyte
    Saad Festival of Leganes, Iloilo
    Alikaraw Festival of Hilongos, Leyte

    3rd Place: Sinulog Festival of Carmen, Cebu

    2nd Place: Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City

    GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Lumad Basakanon, Sinulog Festival of Cebu City

    This year’s Aliwan Fiesta had 24 participating contingents coming from as far as Angadanan, Isabela in the north to Lamitan Basilan in the South.

    The streetdance competition Board of Judges was composed of the following: Chris Millado, Josie Guillen, Nestor Jardin, Ferdinand Jose, Dr. Larry Gabao, Steve Villaruz and Douglas Nieras. The chair of the board was Lisa Macuja–Elizalde.

    Congratulations to all participants!!!


  3. Gerry,

    This is my first time to hear about the Aliwan Fiesta. It’s really “WOW” I viewed all the pictures that you took and they are all magnificent.
    Domo, Domo Arigato, without your website I won’t know that we have so many beautiful things to offer and they are only in our backyard. Again, thanks!

  4. If there is a stronger word than “wow!” to express my amazement, I would use that when I saw your awesome takes. Funny how it jives with our current effort here to incorporate the “agta” tradition in conjunction with our upcoming An Taclobanon Association of Southern California fiesta celebration here in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. With a lot of help from Mr. Sherwin Magallanes who commutes overnight from San Francisco for our scheduled rehearsals, your pictures allow us to relate to the “blood, sweat but not much on the tears” that come with such team efforts as the one you just showed and the one we are going through right now. Time, selfless dedication and focus on the intangible prize that permeates the spirit seem to be the order of the day. Proud of the Region VIII winners! From miles away, cheers!

    Manuel “Nonong” Agner

  5. Mabuhay Abuyognons!! Bisan la runner up pa la..Sireng pa man.. mayda man next year.. BTW.. an akon kilala nga NONONG AGNER ha DWu ngan Palo… an iya man ngaran.. EUFROCINO AGNER…. bangin la liwat ine “aka” sugad hiton akon Marcial Lo… LOL HEHEHEHE.. Regards also to Doctora and to Sherwin Magallanes.. SALAMAT NGAY-AN KA GERRY R… for the nice fotos…

  6. Salamat gihapon, Marcial. In case you’re unaware, ako gihapon medyo nabiktima ni Mr. Lo LOL hehehe 🙂

  7. Heard about your friendship with Mr. Lo also.. after knowing that you are a UP alumni.. no surprise in that. being a brod of “Ka Ferdie ang Diktador” must have helped though with your Mr.Lo problems. LOL hehehe.. Sorry Ka Gerry..i know its out of topic.. non “Buyogan”. There are also 2 or 3 videos posted on youtube re this Buyogan at Aliwan 2008.. The video quality are just so…so. pero okay na to watch. Keep on clicking that shutter Ka Gerry.. thanks again..

  8. This group generated one of the most enthusiastic cheers during their performance on Baywalk along Roxas Boulevard. I was one of those captivated by their incredible and exciting choreography. I was also sure they were bound to bag one of the top prizes.

    It was dark when they reached the Baywalk area where I was photographing the event, and using a flash unit just wasn’t of any help. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get any decent shots of these wonderful performers.

    Hope to see this group back in Manila next year!



  9. Congrats Abuyognon, I am truly proud of you all! Thanks Gerry for posting this pics here!

  10. On Buyogan… After the Aliwan Fiesta, I was in search for videos and photos of Buyogan. I have watched the youtube video clip on the group’s performance, but I want more… thanks for the pix you posted here!

    Congratulations to the Buyogan Festival! You made me proud as an Abuyognon!

    Hi Sir Gerry… I’m your former dealer-distributor for magz in Abuyog.

    Kindly extend my regards to Ma’am Ludette.

    Hope to see you soon…

  11. Hi Franzrei! Thanks for dropping by! Yes, we remember you! 🙂 Regards din daw from Ludette

  12. proud to be an abuyognon! 🙂

  13. congratulations to all the members of the buyogan festival… kahit na runner up lang, it’s ok kasi nakilala din buyogan festival sa pilipinas. “proud to be abuyognon”… kahit nandito ako sa manila, hindi ko napanood kasi busy sa work pero nanonood ako sa youtube… ang ganda ng performance nila. galing talaga ng buyogan festival hanga ako sa kagandahan ng performance. imagine, kahit sa mga magazine dito sa manila naka-post parin pix ng buyogan festival. nakalgay dun, “the most colorful festival” hehehe kaya proud to be kapuso… hehehehehe este, proud to be abuyognon… thanks! REX IMPUESTO

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