Festivals give identity or trademark to a town or province. Although at times it goes beyond creating identity for a place. It gathers people together. A festival for most, is a unifying force characterize by adorning hues, lively beats, and a whole lot of local pride.
Ala Eh! Festival is fast approaching. The mother of all Batangas festivals will still be the highlight of the foundation anniversary celebration of the province. On December 1 to 8, Batangueños will come together in this year’s host town, Calaca.
Ala Eh! Festival 2011 (the dance and costume competition) has three (3) components: Dance Parade Competition, Costume Competition, and Float Competition. Like in the past years, the contingents will have to dance on the streets (this is called the Dance Parade now) then will gather on the assigned venue for their court dance performance. Who will bring home the P190,000 grand prize this year?
What attracts most of the spectators at first are the costumes. They are made of detailed pieces out of indigenous materials which reflect the things their town or city is known for. The design, the color, the overall ingenuity — these will all be judged. We bet there would be more intense competition this year as P40,000 is at stake for the best festival costume.
Adding grandeur to this year’s festivity is the Float Parade Competition. This one is really exciting. The float entries must ‘depict Filipino culture, values, and tradition’. The best float will win the LGU P75,000.
If you would like to know about the guidelines and criteria for judging in the competitions comprising the Ala Eh! Festival, click this link.
Of course, part of the Ala Eh! Festival celebration are other events which you can take part of. We have the Provincial Trade Fair, VSR Grand Finals, Mutya ng Batangan 2011, events organized by the host municipality which is Calaca, and the Photo Contest spearheaded by WOWBatangas. Visit the official website of Ala Eh! Festival for more updates.
For those who are not familiar with the festivals of Batangas, here’s a rundown for you.
Tawilis Festival (Agoncillo)
Tapusan Festival (Alitagtag)
Parada ng Lechon (Balayan)
Pabitin Festival (Balete)
Sublian Festival (Batangas City)
Sublian Festival (Bauan)
Calacatchara Festival (Calaca)
Tinapayan Festival (Cuenca)
Kulambo Festival (Ibaan)
Bay-ongan Festival (Laurel)
Sigpawan Festival (Lemery)
Balsa Festival (Lian)
Lomi Festival (Lipa City)
Anihan Festival (Lobo)
Yamang Dagat Festival (Mabini)
Nata de Coco Festival (Malvar)
Fiesta de los Torros Festival (Nasugbu)
Kabakahan Festival (Padre Garcia)
Sinukmani Festival (Rosario)
Eggstravaganza Festival (San Jose)
Lambayok Festival (San Juan)
Bangcaton Festival (San Nicolas)
Pastulan Festival (San Nicolas)
Mahaguyog Festival (Sto. Tomas)
El Pasubat Festival (Taal)
Karakol Festival (Talisay)
Kambingan Festival (Tuy)