Buyogan makes clean sweep – bags Aliwan 2009!

In an unprecedented sweep of three festivals in a span of less than a year, the Buyogan Festival of Abuyog, Leyte was declared the Grand Champion of the Aliwan Fiesta 2009 Festival of Festivals at the Aliw Center-Quirino Grandstand early Sunday morning, April 26 in Manila.








Victory was super sweet.

First, they won at the Leyte Kasadyaan Festival last June ’08 in Tacloban City. Next, they bagged the crown at the prestigious Sinulog Festival ’09 in Cebu City last January 18. This time, it was the ultimate battle of champions of the country’s top festivals – the Aliwan Fiesta 2009.

Together with the crown and prestige, Buyogan pocketed a cool one million pesos, the top prize for the Dance Competition.

Second placer was the Tribu Kasag of Iloilo’s Kasagyahan Festival with a P500,000 prize.

Third was the Dinagyang Festival, also from Iloilo, with a prize of P250,000.00.

Seven runner-ups, which included the Karatong Festival of Dulag, Leyte,
received P50,000 each.

Despite the sudden downpour which drenched everyone just as Buyogan’s turn to perform was up at the Aliw Grandstand, the audience were simply awed by the intense and high-energy performance of the Buyogan dancers.

Simply awesome.




The parade started at 4 p.m. in front of the Aliw Theater, passed through Roxas Boulevard as it continued to rain, and ended at the Quirino Grandstand.



Buyogan won from a field of 22 participating festivals:
1. Lalbayaw Festival (Tondo, Metro Manila)
2. Pakalog Festival (Pasig City)
3. Panagbenga Festival (Baguio City, Benguet)
4. Pamulinawen Festival (Laoag, Ilocos Norte)
5. Ibon-ebon Festival (Candaba, Pampanga)
6. Caragan Festival (Mabalacat, Pampanga)
7. Boling Boling Festival (Catanauan, Quezon)
8. Fiesta de Toros (Nasugbu, Batangas)
9. Lambayok Festival (San Juan, Batangas)
10. Lapay Bantigue Festival (Masbate)
11. Pulang Angui Festival (Albay)
12. Dinagyang Festival (Iloilo)
13. Kasagyahan Festival (Iloilo)
14. Paraw Regatta (Iloilo)
15. Siloy Festival (Alcoy, Cebu)
16. Buyogan Festival (Abuyog, Leyte)
17. Karatong Festival (Dulag, Leyte)
18. Kadayawan Festival (Davao)
19. Mimodoman Kalilangan Festival (General Santos City)
20. Tuna Festival (General Santos City)
21. Buklod Festival (Parang, Maguindanao)
22. Kalilintad Festival (Mamasapano, Maguindanao)

~ by gerryruiz on 27 April 2009.

22 Responses to “Buyogan makes clean sweep – bags Aliwan 2009!”

  1. OMG, your camera . . . . it’s raining . . I remember the day last year when I slipped and down went my camera into the sea waters of Balyuan.

    • hehehe It was indeed risky. We had to make do with some improvisations, like wrapping our cams w/ plastic DIY “raincoats”, shooting from a service vehicle and the ever-reliable use of an umbrella in one hand and shooting with the other. 😉

  2. the performance of the tribu buyoganon was really amazing!!!
    i’m thankful because i was able to witness a crowning glory to all the abuyognons…
    it was a blissful reunion of the abuyognons who were present at the said event…

  3. Congratulation, Gerry! It was a photography feat! I hope you did not damage a lens in the process. Lighting would have been next to impossible because of the evening shots and raining, too! BTW did you use external flash aside from the one in the camera?

    • We were a team of three. Photos posted here are mine using built-in flash whenever possible; the other 2 guys had 2 flashes each w/c became useless in the pouring rain.

    • Was using a Canon L lens 70-200mm f/2.8 IS USM. It’s supposed to be all-weather proof. The body, a 40D is not that all weather-proof. To play safe, I had a “raincoat” on top of my gear. We were a team of three. Photos posted here are mine using built-in flash whenever possible; the other 2 guys each had 2 external flashes w/c became useless in the pouring rain. BTW, in the brouhaha that followed after the winners was announced, one of my teammates lost some P11k worth of gear (a flash extender and MY lens hood for a lens he borrowed.) They won; we lost. 😦

  4. sir gerry! congrats!!!!

    remember what i said to you last saturday before the performance started? its only buyogan, kasag and dinagyang will battle on the final 3 slots.

    hindi ako nag kamali


  5. waray gud!

  6. Next for the Grand Slam Champions Tribu Buyugan… a special performance during the opening of Palarong Pambansa in Leyte Sports Development Center, Tacloban City (formerly Grandstand) in front of no other than President Arroyo… who will also attend a ground breaking ceremony for our new DZR Airport.

  7. mano gerry,thanks for the wonderful photos. indeed leytenos are talented! congratulations to buyugan team, you bring honor to our island! keep the up!

    im proud of you guys!

  8. here’s the link for a nice buyugan performance in aliwan festival 2009:

  9. pride of abuyog! pride of leyte! waray.waray rocks! hehehehe continue to make us proud!!!!

  10. Hello kuya Rommel…

    It’s me po yung sa Buyogan as anchor host… thanks for the coverage sa Aliwan po… it was so nice… see u next time uli…

    thanks also to SIR GERRY RUIZ…

  11. i really admire ur reminds us about the moments when we were in ALIWAN…

  12. I am a proud Abuyognon. Sir Gerry, thank you for putting up this site. I really admire your pictures. I hope I can meet you one day. Anhi na ako ha Tacloban naukoy yana, makita la ako’t imo gadget, sigurado waray ko hito igparalit, hehehe.

  13. hi sir gerry… damo nga salamat san mga photos which made me more proud of my hometown… way to go abuyog kai kita it may pinakamahusay nga festival adi nga mga adlaw………….

  14. wow maupai nga site..hehe

  15. hi sir gerry… i really like ur site. grabe updated ka talaga it mga pictures about any events… saludo talaga ako haim!… maupay pagud it kakuha hit mga pics…love it!

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