Tuesday, July 1, 2008

shout, dance and smile

it would best to start the byaheng pinoy series with a festive mood in the country's capital region. the Philippines has a number of colorful festivals being celebrated all year round. i should say that one of the best and most colorful festival in the country today is Dinagyang of Iloilo city. we are lucky enough to have seen them performed in the Philippine's central business district.
they were invited by the mayor of Makati city to perform during its foundation day the "Araw ng Makati 2008" . the Ayala avenue was closed to make way for the celebration which began at around 4:00pm and ended around 6:00pm. Filipinos gathered at the Ayala avenue to see them perform along with the other performances. but the highlight came as people awaits Tribu Paghidaet's winning performance.it has been noted that most of the festivals in the Philippines were very similar to the Carnaval of Brazil but there is something unique to the festivals like Dinagyang, Ati-Atihan and Sinulog. and this is the presence of the devotion to the child Jesus.the festivals doesn't only display the upbeat sounds of the drums, the colorful costumes but it also displays the beautiful smile that symbolizes Filipino hospitality.the festivals here has now helped boost the country's tourism industry. this year, the Tribu Paghidaet is expected to perform in New York city to promote the Philippine festivals.

51 comments:

atticus said...

ganda talaga nating mga pinoy, ano? ang ganda ng lahi natin. ng kultura. ng mga probinsiya. haaay. kainggit ka.

eastcoastlife said...

Wow! The dance looks so fun and lively!! Love their costumes. Do they perform often?

Carver said...

Those are great shots from the festival. The dancers costumes are colorful and they look so festive and joyful. I'd love to see that one day. I like your new header.

redlan said...

looks familiar?! aha, sabi ko nga ba, it's tribu paghidaet. hahaha. am proud to see them here. thanks sa pag feature dom!

nakacycling yun mga lalaki pero sa tunay na competition naka bahag or undies ang mga yan. Check it here:

http://redlan76.blogspot.com/2008/02/grabbed-this-video-from-athan1219.html

ifoundme said...

wow! ang ganda sobra! i like the variety of colors at pati yung parang texture. hmmmm.... i took some pics also when i was there in manila. kaso puro trial lang. i hope i get to show them to you soon para you can comment about it. i'm still learning.

the donG said...

>atticus, yes. kakaiba ang gandang pinay. nakakalungkot lang kasi karamihan nila napapansin masyadon ang kagandahan ng kultura natin.

>hi eastcoastlifeyes. it's really lively when you get to hear the beat of the drums. they perform in a festival called Dinagyang which happens on the fourth sunday of january in iloilo city. but they also perform in other festivals as they compete.

>hi carver, yes it is festive and joyful as they dance with the dancing beat of the drums. i really hope you can visit the philippines one day. it actually took me a hard time choosing the picture for my header. thanks!

>redlan, magaling talaga ang tribung ito. nanood ako ng aliwan and akala ko talaga sila ang mananalo. hindi pa ako nakapanood ng dinagyang kaya sinisiguro kong mapanood ang aliwan. nakabahag pala talaga sila. didnt notice that.

>ifoundme, salamat. nakapanood ka din pala. sige tingnan ko lang kung may masasabi based lang sa experience ko. ipakita ko rin yan kina master oggie. buti naman at na eenganyo ka na rin sa photography.

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Sandy B & Dick said...

Double WOW!!! I'd love to see this...thanks for sharing! Love the costumes, but especially love all the smiles. That is the best tourist feature in any country.

Josh of Arabia said...

cool!..the tribe and city meets together in ur frame!

red is vivid and full of life. it goes perfectly well w/ the dancers..

they must their reflection in ur art..

i really hope you'll be recognized in FBTW like attorney..

however, ur already winner for us:)

Selerines said...

Hey thats really cool.. Actually for what this is?

the donG said...

>hi sandy, very well said. smile is truly the best tourist feature in every country. im glad you like the festival. wishing that you'll be able to visit the philippines in the future.

>josh, the one who handles this tribe deserves a lot of recognition.

thank you very much. to be able to blog and share these experiences is already enough and words from co-bloggers is the best reward.

>selerines, it's for the foundation day of makati city.

Sandpiper (Lin) said...

Wow! This is wonderful! I love seeing all of these pictures. They are so colorful and interesting. A wonderful cultural tradition!

Pietro said...

I enjoy these colorful and lively pictures of the festival!
Wonderful images!

carlotta1924 said...

amazing! i didn't even know the festival was brought to manila. was this advertised?

great pics =)

the donG said...

>sandpiper, colorful and lively it is. but you'll surely appreciate it more when you get to see them in person and dance with upbeat sound!

>pietro, thank you!

>hi carlotta, yes it was advertised in the newspaper for the aliwan festival competition. but their performance in makati was not advertised because it was just a guest performance.

don't miss next year's aliwan fiesta.

SandyCarlson said...

Great new banner!

What a beautiful procession. I love the way you teach about your culture and your faith.

Luke said...

very nice! an interesting group!

mirage2g said...

I noriced the buildings first, and asked myself, is it in Makati? -D

Colorful and fun, wow!

Photo Cache said...

Hi I added you to my links okay?

rmgales said...

I love learning about other cultures, and always enjoy the dances. Beautiful costumes!

2sweetnsaxy said...

Those were great! It must have been fun to watch and take pictures of.

Tink *~*~* said...

Absolutely stunning array of colors - I love it! :D

Tink *~*~*
My Mobile Adventures *~*~*

ALiNe said...

Parang sa Ayala to? When is this? bat di ko nakita... Nice nice =)

Aracir said...

the color stands out in a not so colorful background. the young man looked like a young chief in a city. great photos!

the donG said...

>hi sandy, thanks! im glad you like the new banner and the filipino culture of celebrating.

>thanks luke.

>hi gizelle, colorful indeed like the colors of vienna. yes that's along ayala avenue in makati.

>photo cache, thank you! you are already on my blogroll.

>hi rmgales, i love other cultures as well. im glad you find our culture interesting. keep in touch.

>hi 2sweetnsaxy, yeah. you'll enjoy the beat and the colorful dances when you're there.

>tink, colors of celebration!

>hi aline, yes. it's along ayala avenue. it happened by the end of may as a start to the seires of celebration of the 338th araw ng makati. maybe you missed it coz it started around 4pm. thanks for dropping by.

>hi aracir, thanks and you're right. he intentionally did that pose.

Islander said...

very colorful! kahit ganitong mga performances nalang matira sa pinas ayos lang. medyo di na kasi ako nakakakita ng mga national dances.

Dakilang Islander said...

another exciting theme...aside sa mga dancers ang gaganda ng mga buildings!

BW said...

very colorful pictures ! I love the symmetry of colors and the pageantry :)

the donG said...

>islander, tama ka dyan. sayang at naiiwan na ang mga magagandang kultura. pero yung sinulog may mga maria clara pa rin kung minsan.

>dakilang islander, tama. sa ayala avenue kasi ginawa kaya maganda rin a view.

>bw, exactly. plus the beat of the drums that makes it lively.

nyl said...

these are the things that make life worth-living.

Lawstude said...

wow. wala pang ganyan sa makati when i was working there in the 90s. ang saya. gusto ko pa naman nakakapanood ng ganyan.

about the votes. promote ko lang blog nyo parekoy pero ultimately sila naman boboto eh and i am sure they do like your blog like i do.

ingats, and biyahe tayo minsan.

jericho said...

galing. in fairness hindi pa ako nakakapunta sa lahat ng festivals na sinabi mo. hmp!

olan said...

huwaaaaaawwwww... it's nice to see that these vivid colors of different festivals in the country is brought to the country's capital. coming from the city of Kadayawan Festival (DAVAO), truly our country is blessed with colorful and vibrant cultures and traditions portrayed by these festivities. this is our pride. this is our heritage. nice shots you got here dong. kadayawan sa davao will be on august. expeince it dong!

Joshua said...

Astig Pinoy na Pinoy! AYOS!;)

Rio said...

makulay ang buhay..makulay ang buhay sa pinakulong gulay! hehe=)

ganda ng bagong banner mo ah!!=)

quinttarantino said...

Colourful and beautiful!

tina said...

nice pictures you have over there. it's good to promote the festival here in the philippines! long live Pinas!!

Panaderos said...

Pretty women and a colorful festival. We do have the prettiest women in Asia. :)

the donG said...

>hi nyl, happiness and the reason behind every joy that we experience completes it.

>lawstude, tagal na nga nun. ngayon medyo pinopromote na rin talaga ng makati ang ibang festival.

salamat ulit sa pagpromote. sige planuhin natin yan.

>jericho, i highly recommend sinulog and dinagyang. although other festivals are also becoming better.

>olan, lapit na din pala. hindi pa ako nakapunta ng davao pero nakaschedule ako next year. this august? tingnan natin baka makasingit. tagal ko na kasing binabalak na puntahan ang davao.

>joshua, astig talaga ang pinoy!

>doc rio, nakabalik ka na pala! salamat sa kanta. nabubuhayan ang mga pictures pag nag comment ka. hehehe...

>quinttarantino, yes it is.

>hi tina, dapat lang talaga na pinopromote ang ganda ng pinas. salamat sa pagbisita.

>panaderos, i definitely agree with that!

KRIS JASPER VAN DYKE said...

to NY???? wow!!! lucky them.

Raft3r said...

Tama ka. Wala nyan sa States. Hehe

Karen of Sillymonkeez said...

Before you even pointed out the smiles, I noticed them. How proud the performers must be to be a part of something so great!

the donG said...

>jasper, oo. alam ko this july ang punta nila. nakausap ko din ang mga sumasayaw and they confirmed.

>raft3r, hahaha... mga pinoy sa states nagsisimula na ring gumawa ng mga ganito sa states.

>hi karen, yes, they are very very proud and joyful because i was able to interact with some of them.

beero said...

wow! colorful, indeed.

di ko pa napanood ang dinagyang festival. hanggang sinulog at pintados lang ako. hehe

Rebecca said...

so festive talaga! he! he! na-alala ko tuloy back home when I was a part of the Ati-Atihan group he! he! yikes! ;)

Thanks for sharing dong!

acey said...

nice! nice! i miss makati... beautiful dancers, too! :)

the donG said...

>beero, ako din. hindi pa talaga ako nakapunta ng january sa iloilo para sa dinagyang. buti na lang pumupunta sila dito sa manila.

>hi rebecca, really? wow! taga aklan pala kayo? saya siguro maging bahagi ng ati atihan.

>hi acey, sana makapunta ka rin ulit dito.

luna miranda said...

these are fun shots, and very colorful, too! sayang, i missed this...istorbo talaga ang trabaho!:D

Ely said...

nagulat namana ako may ati-atihan na sa Makati. hehe. Imbitado pala talaga...

Toe said...

Fantastic photos Dong! Ang galing! You were able to see the dinagyang right there on Ayala Avenue! We really have the best and most beautiful festivals, people, culture!

the donG said...

>hi luna, ok lang kasi doon din naman tayo kumikita. hehehe...

>ely, oo. imibitado talaga kasi magaling talaga sila.

>hi toe, maraming salamat! oo swerte din kasi hindi ko pa napapanood ang dinagyang sa iloilo.

beautiful and lively festivals symbolizes our hospitality!

katcarneo said...

Haaay, I missed this...stinking work schedule. The performances must have been really nice, and I really love the festive colors of their costumes.

I can almost see the building where I work in your pictures.

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