Aliwan Fiesta 2012 | The Streetdance Competition Winners

Aliwan Fiesta 2012 | Street dance

To me, the street dancers are the star of the show. The effort they have put into all their performances--at the Quirino Grandstand, Rajah Sulayman, and Aliw Theater is just beyond belief! Their stamina amid the heat of the summer sun while keeping that captivating smile on their faces is just admirable and commendable!

I chatted with one of the Kalivungan dancers in their downtime along the Roxas Boulevard, and she said "Kailangan daw po nonstop. Yun po ang rule." [We need to perform non-stop. That is the rule."

I am only one of those photographers who followed them to Rajah Sulayman to perform before a panel of Judges, but I already felt tired walking from Quirino Grandstand to Rajah Sulayman Park. I could just imagine the physical fatigue among the dancers. But despite all these, they gave it all--they gave it all to showcase their culture and tradition. I did not see them merely motivated by the P1 million at stake. I felt it within them while they are performing--they are just so proud of who they are and where they come from.

May this simple post be my humble tribute to all the street dance performers! You made us proud to be Filipinos, once more.

In the meantime, here are the winners of the Street Dance Competition:

Runners-up: (Prize: P50,000 each)

Salakayan Festival of Miag-ao, Iloilo
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Pananggitab Festival of Oriental Mindoro
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Zamboanga Hermosa of Zamboanga City
Aliwan Fiesta 2012 | Street Dance

Kalivungan Festival of Alamada Cotabato
Aliwan Fiesta 2012 | Street Dance

Mamang-os at Kambingan Festival of Tuy, Batangas
Aliwan Fiesta 2012 | Street Dance

5th Prize - Lembuhong Festival of Surrallah, South Cotabato (Prize: P100,000)
Aliwan Fiesta 2012 | Street dance

4th Prize - T'nalak Festival of South Cotabato (Prize: P150,000)
Aliwan Fiesta 2012 | Street dance

3rd Prize - Pintados Kasadyaan of Alang-alang Leyte (Prize: P250,000)
Aliwan Fiesta 2012 | Street dance

2nd prize - Buyogan Festival of Buyogan, Leyte (Prize: P500,000)
Aliwan Fiesta 2012 | Street dance

and of course, the grand winner winning P1 million in cash

Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City

Aliwan Fiesta 2012 | Street dance

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Aside from my day job, I love photography and storytelling. Going places--be it a cliche destination or the far side of the road--stoke and free my soul. I dig deeper into the people’s psyche, culture and ethnicity, and heritage. I love to observe how they thrive and build social institutions, preserve their culture and traditions.

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