"Anton,what is Aliwan?" one blogger asked. "It is the convergence of all major festivals in the Philippines on a single festival" I said as if reading from a script.I remember watching Aliwan way back 2003 and I haven't repeated it since.Back then I wasn't convinced.But Aliwan survived the years and 2013 marked it's 11th year.The idea is simple, not everybody has the time and resources to go to each festivals so why not bring them together in a single festival where they compete for the title "Champion of Champions".Brilliant!
And Aliwan hasn't just survived,it has flourished and it continues to go grander and grander.That's the reason why I was raving about it on Facebook and twitter and even told the Manila bloggers I was with during our Panagbenga Tour that we shouldn't miss it this year.
ALIWAN FIESTA 2013
EDITED PART: I take the blame for the lack of research. For emphasis :)
As for Aliwan, it failed me this year.I also failed myself coz I though I was ready to fall in love with it again.Another try next year? I will think about it.