Aliwan Fiesta 2013 Winners

Video by Mico Silva Eslaban


Reyna ng Aliwan Winners

Best in Festival Costume – Miss Sinulog Festival

Miss Close-Up Smile – Miss Sinulog Festival

Best in Long Gown – Miss Kalilangan Festival

Best in Swimsuit – Miss Dinagyang Festival


Three Second Runners-Up

Miss Kalilangan Festival

Miss Langub Festival

Miss Sinulog de Kabankalan


First Runner-Up – Miss Dinagyang Festival


Reyna ng Aliwan – Miss Sinulog Festival



Aliwan Fiesta 2013 Float Competition

Seven Runners-Up

Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguinadanao

Pusaka, Maguindanao

Sagayan, Maguindanao

Catanauan, Quezon

Panagbenga of Baguio City

Kabuntalan, Maguindanao

Sinulog of Cebu City


Second Runner-Up

Northen Kabuntalan, Maguindanao


First Runner-Up

Mangudadatu, Maguindanao


Best Float

Alang-alang, Leyte


Aliwan Fiesta 2013 StreetDance Competition


Five Runners-Up

Ang Tipulo Festival – Atipolo City

Mango Festival – Zambales

Pandang Gitab Festival – Oriental Mindoro

Pasaka Festival – Tanauan, Leyte

Sagayan Festival – Buluan, Maguindanao


Fourth Runner-Up

Adivay Festival – Benguet


Third Runner-Up

Padang-Padang Festival – Parang, Maguindanao


Second Runner-Up

Meguyaya Festival – Upi, Maguindanao


First Runner-Up

Kalivungan Festival – Midsayap, North Cotabato


Grand Champion

Dinagyang Festival – Iloilo City


Special Awards 

Best in Music: Dinagyang Festival

Best in Costume: Dinagyang Festival

Best in Folkloric Interpretation: Adivay Festival of Benguet


Aliwan Fiesta 2013 Updated List of Contingents


1. Mango Festival of Zambales
2. Padang-Padang festival of Parang, Maguindanao
3. Panagbenga Festival of Baguio city
4. Zamboanga Hermosa Festival of Zamboanga City
5. Mahaguyog festival of Sto. Tomas, Batangas
6. Pandang Gitab Festival of Oriental Mindoro
7. Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City
8. Pasaka Festival of Tanauan Leyte
9. Kabankalan Sinulog festival of Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental
10. Adivay festival of Benguet
11. Ang Tipulo of Antipolo, Rizal
12. Dinagsa festival of Muntinlupa
13. Dalaksagaw from Manila
14. Boling-Boling of Catanauan, Quezon
15. Paraw Regatta Festival of Iloilo City
16. Kalivungan festival of North Cotabato
17. Kalilangan festival of General Santos City
18. Sagayan festival of Buluan, Maguindanao
19. Meguyaya festival of Upi Maguindanao
20. Sinulog festival of Cebu City


updated as of 03/29/2013


Who’s your bet this year?


Aliwan Fiesta 2013 Schedule

Are you going to attend the ALIWAN FIESTA 2013?


Here’s the schedule:


APRIL 11, 2013 (Thurs) – Pasakalye Interschool Pop Dance Competition


APRIL 12, 2013 (Fri) Pageant Night Reyna ng Aliwan Pageant Proper


APRIL 13, 2013 (Sat) – Streetdance and Coronation Festival Streetdance Competition Festival Float Parade Reyna ng Aliwan Coronation Night


2013 street dancing competition and float parade venue will be at Quirino Grandstand, the said competition will start 3PM. See you there!



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DFA passport service moving to new location

Starting March 8, Filipinos applying for passports may do so at the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) Office of Consular Affairs at the corner of Bradco and Macapagal Avenues in the Aseana Business Park, near the Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

Authentication services will be transferred to the new building on March 4, while all passport operations will transferred there on March 8.

The new 7,000-square meter, four-storey building is a few blocks away from the DFA main building in Pasay City.

The new building is part of the ongoing modernization program undertaken by the government to improve its frontline services.

These include harnessing new technologies in passport and visa issuances and streamlined procedures in the authentication of documents.

To ensure quick service, the DFA said applicants should check the passport requirements and secure an online appointment at, or call the consular helpline number (02-556-0000) or DFA trunk line (02-834-4000).

Applications may also be filed with the DFA’s 19 regional consular and satellite offices.


1st Philippine International Pyromusical Competition

1st Philippine International Pyromusical Competition

1st Philippine International Pyromusical Competition 2010 Launch Schedule of Activities :

Sunday February 14, 2010

– Philippines @ 7:00 PM

– Australia @ 8:00 PM

Sunday February 21, 2010

– United Kingdom @ 7:00 PM

– China @ 8:00 PM

Sunday February 28, 2010

– France @ 7:00 PM

– Japan @ 8:00 PM

Sunday March 7, 2010

– Singapore @ 7:00 PM

– Malaysia @ 8:00 PM

Sunday March 14, 2010

– U.S.A @ 7:00 PM

– Philippines @ 8:00 PM

Seat Location and Price
VIP (with dinner) @ 1500
Gen. Admission100


San Agustin Church, Manila

I really like the side street of San Agustin Church, Its like your walking in Calle Crisologo in Vigan actually that was the first thing that I notice while walking towards the church. Then there was the façade of the church, as for me it very modern seeing that the church was newly painted I was expecting a brick wall or adobe wall but the other side of the church was something like what I expected. Also along side the church was a mini-museum (entrance is 100PHP for adult).

Side street of the church


The Church is always close they will just open it if there is a mass or wedding. Since I went there for the wedding, so I got a chance to see the beautiful architecture inside. I was so amazed of the beauty and wondering how they preserve it. I love the ceiling of the church, makes me proud of our rich culture.

View from the main door


San Agustín Church is a Roman Catholic church under the auspices of The Order of St. Augustine, located inside the historic walled city of Intramuros in Manila. Completed by 1607, it is the oldest church currently standing in the Philippines. No other surviving building in the Philippines has been claimed to pre-date San Agustin Church.

In 1993, San Agustin Church was one of four Philippine churches constructed during during the Spanish colonial period designated by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, under the classification “Baroque Churches of the Philippines”. It had been named a National Historical Landmark by the Philippine government in 1976.

History of the church

The present structure is actually the third Augustinian church erected on the site. The first San Agustin Church was the first religious structure constructed by the Spaniards on the island of Luzon. Made of bamboo and nipa, it was completed in 1571, but destroyed by fire in December, 1574 during the attempted invasion of Manila by the forces of Limahong. A second church made of wood was constructed on the site. This was destroyed in February, 1583, in a fire that started when a candle set ablaze the drapes of the funeral bier during the interment of the Spanish Governor-General Gonzalo Ronquillo de Peñalosa. The Augustinians decided to rebuild the church using stone, and to construct as well an adjacent monastery. Construction began in 1586, from the design of Juan Macias. The structure was built using hewn adobe stones quarried from Meycauayan, Binangonan and San Mateo, Rizal. The work proceeded slowly due to the lack of funds and materials, as well as the relative scarcity of stone artisans. The monastery was operational by 1604, and the church was formally declared as completed on January 19, 1607, and named St. Paul of Manila. Macias, who had died before the completion of the church, was officially acknowledged by the Augustinians as the builder of the edifice.

San Agustin Church was looted by the British forces which occupied Manila in 1762 during the Seven Years’ War. It withstood major earthquakes that struck Manila in 1645, 1754, 1852, 1863, and 1880. In 1854, the church was renovated under the supervision of architect Luciano Oliver. On August 18, 1898, the church was the site where Spanish Governor-General Fermin Jaudenes prepared the terms for the surrender of Manila to the United States of America following the Spanish-American War.

During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II, San Agustin Church was turned into a concentration camp for prisoners. During the final days of the Battle of Manila, hundreds of Intramuros residents and clergy were held hostage in the church by Japanese soldiers; many of the hostages would be killed during the three-week long battle. The church itself survived the bombardment of Intramuros by American and Filipino forces with only its roof destroyed, the only one of the seven churches in the walled city to remain standing. The adjacent monastery however was totally destroyed, and would be rebuilt in the 1970s as a museum under the design of architect Angel Nakpil.

Something to know about the church

San Agustín Church measures 67.15 meters long and 24.93 meters wide. Its elliptical foundation has allowed it to withstand the numerous earthquakes that have destroyed many other Manila churches. It is said that the design was derived from Augustinian churches built in Mexico, and is almost an exact copy of Puebla Cathedral in Puebla, Mexico. The facade is unassuming and even criticized as “lacking grace and charm”, but it has notable baroque touches, especially the ornate carvings on its wooden doors.[5] The church courtyard is graced by several granite sculptures of lions, which had been gifted by Chinese converts to Catholicism.

The church interior is in the form of a Latin cross. The church has 14 side chapels and a trompe-l’oeil ceiling painted in 1875 by Italian artists Cesare Alberoni and Giovanni Dibella. Up in the choir loft are hand-carved 17th-century seats of molave, a beautiful tropical hardwood. The church contains the tomb of Spanish conquistadors Miguel López de Legazpi, Juan de Salcedo and Martín de Goiti, as well as several early Spanish Governors-General and archbishops. Their bones are buried in a communal vault near the main altar. The painter Juan Luna, and the statesmen Pedro A. Paterno and Trinidad Pardo de Tavera are among the hundreds of laypersons whose remains are also housed within the church.

San Agustin Church also hosts an image of Our Lady of Consolation (Nuestra Senora de Consolacion y Correa), which was canonically crowned by Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jaime Sin in 2000.



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