Baguio City, Philippines – While maintaining its spot as a runner-up, the Panagbenga Flower Festival of Baguio City likewise sustained its title as “Best Folkloric Performance” in this year’s grandest festival – Aliwan Fiesta.
Dubbed as the “Mother of all Fiestas,” Aliwan started in 2003 to bring together in Metro Manila the best cultural street dances, floats and queens from the different regions, provinces, cities, and municipalities across the country.
Three years after being on hiatus with the threat of the pandemic, the grandest fiesta returned with a grand celebration with events held from July 13 to 15, 2023 in the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex grounds in Pasay City.
Pinsao National High School Sakusak Ensemble who represented the Panagbenga of the City of Pines was hailed as among the runners-up, with said performance award in the festival’s street dance competition.
The same city got the place and award in 2016 and 2017. In 2018 and 2019, Baguio emerged as runner-up anew.
Meanwhile, Lapat Festival of Calanasan, Apayao was awarded as 2nd runner-up for the Float Competition. The float’s design did not only feature the local’s craftsmanship and creativity but also their products and heritage of protecting their natural resources.
This year, Iloilo’s Dinagyang Festival represented by Tribu Parianon was proclaimed as the champion for the street dance competition, while Halamanan Festival of Guiginto, Bulacan won the Best in Float.
Sinulog Festival of Cebu City landed as second placer; Manggahan Festival of Guimaras Province as third; Halamanan Festival of Guiginto Bulacan as fourth; and Kadalag-an Festival of Negros Occidental settled as fifth placer.
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