Sunday, April 14, 2013

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Bakunawa "Giant Sea Serpent" Mythology

The Grand Champion of Aliwan Fiesta 2013, Tribu Panayanon of Iloilo City National High School give an unmatched awesome performance with a theme and concept "PANAY'S ANCIENT FOLKLORE: THE BAKUNAWA and the LUNAR ECLIPSE". So what is a Bakunawa by the way?

The Bakunawa, also spelled Bakonawa, Baconaua, or Bakonaua, is a dragon in Philippine mythology that is often represented as a gigantic sea serpent. It is believe to be the sun and moon eater. in Panay Folk Stories, it is believe to be man eater as well.

Tales about the Bakunawa say that it is the cause of eclipses. During ancient times, Filipinos believe that there are seven moons created by Bathala to light up the sky. The Bakunawa, amazed by their beauty, would rise from the ocean and swallow the moons whole, angering Bathala and causing them to be mortal enemies.

To keep the Bakunawa moons from completely being swallowed, ancient Filipinos would go out of their homes with pans and pots, and would make noise in order to scare the Bakunawa into spitting out the moon back into the sky. Some of the people in the villages would play soothing sounds with their musical instruments, in hopes that the dragon would fall into a deep sleep. Thus, the brave men of the village hoped that while the dragon was hypnotized by the musical sounds they could somehow slay the dragon. Although the dragon was known as a "moon eater" it was also known as a "man eater".

Other tales tell that the Bakunawa has a sister in the form of a sea turtle. The sea turtle would visit a certain island in the Philippines in order to lay its eggs. However, locals soon discovered that every time the sea turtle went to shore, the water seemed to follow her, thus reducing the island's size. Worried that their island would eventually disappear, the locals killed the sea turtle.

When the Bakunawa found out about this, it arose from the sea and ate the moon. The people were afraid so they prayed to Bathala to punish the creature. Bathala refused but instead told them to bang some pots and pans in order to disturb the serpent. The moon is then regurgitated while the Bakunawa disappeared, never to be seen again.

The island where the sea turtle lays its eggs is said to exist today. Some sources say that the island might just be one of the Turtle Islands.

Others tell how the Bakunawa fell in love with a human girl in one of the native tribes. The head of the tribe finding about their affair had their house burned to ashes, the Bakunawa finding out about this became immerse in anger and tried to take revenge by eating all the 12 moons. when the Bakunawa was about to eat the last one, Bathala took action and punished the Bakunawa by banishing it from its home away from the sea. It also tells that the reason of the eclipses is how the Bakunawa is trying to come back to its home and deceased family.


Saturday, April 13, 2013

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Dinagyang Festival | AliwanFiesta 2013 Grand Champion (Photos)

Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City represented by TRIBU PANAYANON of ILOILO CITY NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL still reigns Grand Champion at Aliwan Fiesta 2013.

Congratulations Tribu Panayanon! Congratulations to Dinagyang! Here are the photos during the event shared for, my good friend and owner the of Garry Palomo Photography.

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Aliwan Fiesta 2013 | Tribu Panayanon Performance Video

Watch the performance video of Tribu Panayanon of Iloilo City National High School as the Champion in recently held Aliwan Fiesta 2013 in Quirino Grandstand and Aliw Theater.

Announcement of the Winner for the Street Dancing Competition in Aliwan 2013! Iloilo City's Dinagyang Festival, represented by Tribu Panayanon of ICNHS
Stay tune for HD videos!

Aliwan Fiesta 2013 List Winners/Results

Dance theatre choreography, underscored by sets, props, and costumes in stunning visual magnitude, took front seat as festival representatives from Iloilo and Leyte emerged victorious at the recently-concluded Aliwan Fiesta celebrations.

Photo by Elvert BaƱares


Dinagyang Festival – Tribu Pan-ay (
Iloilo City National High School) of Iloilo City

Kalivungan Festival – Midsayap, North Cotabato

Meguyaya Festival – Upi, Maguindanao

Padang-Padang Festival – Parang, Maguindanao

Adivay Festival – Benguet

Ang Tipulo Festival – Atipolo City
Mango Festival – Zambales
Pandang Gitab Festival – Oriental Mindoro
Pasaka Festival – Tanauan, Leyte
Sagayan Festival – Buluan, Maguindanao

Best in Music: Dinagyang Festival
Best in Costume: Dinagyang Festival
Best in Folkloric Interpretation: Adivay Festival of Benguet

Photo by Aliwan Fiesta Twitter


Sinulog Festival - Jamie Herrell

1st Runner up
Dinagyang Festival - Emily Victoria Oke

2nd Runners up
Kalilangan Festival - Janette Roanne Sturm
Lingganay Festival - Shella May Kumarasammy
Kabankalan Sinulog Festival - Johanna Saad

Best in Festival Costume: Jamie Herrell (Cebu’s Sinulog Festival)
Most Unique Smile: Jamie Herrell (Cebu’s Sinulog Festival)
Best in Long Gown: Gaille Anne Surriga (Gensan’s Kalilangan Festival)
Best in Swimsuit: Emily Victoria Oke (Iloilo’s Dinagyang Festival)

Photo is Aliwan Fiesta 2011 Best Float from Pamulinawen of Laoag City from


1st Place
Bahandilan Float - Alang-alang Leyte

2nd Place
Balinali Sang Gadung Float - Mangundadatu, Maguindanao

3rd Place
Gak't Kastili sa Banobo Float - Northern Kabuntulan, Maguindanao

Runners up
Pusaka Float - Maguindanao
Datu Odin SInsuat Float - Maguindanao
Sagayan Float - Buluan, Maguindanao
Niyog-Puso ng Quezon - Catanaun, Quezon
Panagbenga Festival - Baguio City
Panimbang A tarakoku - Mother Kabuntalan, Maguindanao
Sinulog Float - Cebu City

Congratulations to all the winners! See you again next year!

Friday, April 5, 2013

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The 2013 Dinagyang Photo Contest Winners/Results

Congratulations to the 2013 Dinagyang Photo Contest Winners!

Ati / Kasadyahan Contest Category

Major Prizes:
William Chin 1st Place - Ati
Rudyard Ignacio 2nd Place - Ati
Kay Beng Ee 3rd Place - Ati

  • Paul Varona
  • Sidney Dyguani
  • Glen Gamayot
  • Vernan Jagunap
  • Kristi Glen Garong
  • Swee Leng Lawrence Ang
Street Category

Major Prizes:
Ernesto Villanueva 1st Place - Street
Drae Pilarta 2nd Place - Street
Israel Gonzales 3rd Place - Street

  • June Dale Lozada
  • Vincent Gallarde
  • Glen Gamayot
  • Jonathan Japitana
  • Maevin Recto
  • Carlos Garcia
  • Raymond Calacday

Special Awards

  • Erwin Lim
  • Evangeline Cua
  • Ruben Ranin
  • Ryan Rey Genciana
  • Louie Anthony Delgado
  • Hannibal Zenon Ong
  • Roseller Grabato
  • Rodgen Jabor
  • Jose De Luna

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