Back from Aliwan Fiesta 2008

I’m a wuss. After only four performances, I chickened out and left the Aliw Theatre, where the Aliwan Fiesta 2008 contingents were performing for the judges and the public. In my defense, I barely had an hour of sleep, I was at the Quirino Grandstand by 1:30pm, took photos under the midday sun for an hour or two. Then, when it started raining, we quickly hopped into a cab to take us to Aliw Theater. It was pouring when we got there and neither one of us had an umbrella so we had to dash from the cab and through a huge puddle of water.

After passing the rain and the time inside Star City, Eric and I headed out to the press box, eagerly waiting for the first contingent’s arrival. Because of the sudden downpour, the first performers didn’t arrive until almost three hours later. I was sleep deprived, my clothes are wet and I’m exhausted.

But I managed to take this short video clip of the Pamulinawen festival’s performance. 😀

More photos from the Aliwan Fiesta 2008 coming up tomorrow! Here are my rather colorful updates while I was at the Aliw Theatre via Twitter:

evilmartian: inulan ang aliwan. Here in front of aliw theatre, waiting for the performers about 5 hours ago from phtwitters
evilmartian: This is so tagal ha. Running on an hour’s sleep. I feel so soggy. about 5 hours ago from phtwitters
evilmartian: There’s no way i’m going to the cs party. I need a long soak in the bath. Ugh. about 5 hours ago from phtwitters
evilmartian: First contingent already at Vito Cruz. They’re taking too long *grumpy* about 5 hours ago from phtwitters
evilmartian: NNNNGGGGHHHH about 5 hours ago from phtwitters
evilmartian: opening dance: teeny boppers dancing ala vilma santos complete with half baked cos and high heels about 4 hours ago from phtwitters
evilmartian: 8pm. They’re just turning into the ccp complex. Will i be able to finish all 24 performances? about 4 hours ago from phtwitters
evilmartian: ay nalalaglag ang tube dress nya. Tsk, i dnt think i got that in the video about 4 hours ago from phtwitters
evilmartian: Pyrolympics? More like lightning- lympics about 4 hours ago from phtwitters
evilmartian: finally starting. Yay! I want to go home now. about 4 hours ago from phtwitters
evilmartian: san ka nakakita ng mangingisda na kumekembot? about 4 hours ago from phtwitters
evilmartian: bah, dnt introduce the judges anymore. I want to watch the kalintad of maguindanao! about 3 hours ago from phtwitters
evilmartian: wat the fuck?! There’s no way out! about 3 hours ago from phtwitters
evilmartian: gave up after 4 contingents. Waiting for a cab, seeing parts of the pyrolympics from a distance about 3 hours ago from phtwitters
evilmartian: driving along roxas, groups are still parading from quirino grandstand about 3 hours ago from phtwitters
evilmartian: A lot of cars hav parked on the inner lane and are just watching about 3 hours ago from phtwitters
evilmartian: we’re in front of rajah sulaiman, and hav just passed the last contingent about 3 hours ago from phtwitters

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Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 5 Comments
  1. Anna D. says:

    I got a rather good glimpse of the festival via your Twitter. 😉

  2. nina says:

    I actually had a great time 😀

  3. Photowalker says:

    I know how you feel. I went to the festival for 3 days. And May 3 was the most hectic, fun, educational and irritating of all.

    Hectic – I started shooting at 12:30 a.m. up to 10:30 p.m. regardless of the heat, rain, puddles, low lighting.

    Fun – I love shooting.

    Educational – I got to shoot under the scorching heat, in the rain, in low light, at night, do portraits, groups pictures, moving subjects, different festivals all in one day.

    Irritating – I couldn’t get in to shoot the street dance competition.

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  5. nina says:

    Photowalker: Wow, dedication! They didn’t let you in at the press box? Nye. Why daw?

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