Held annually within the municipality of Hilongos in the province of Leyte, Alikaraw Festival is also one of the most interesting and highly entertaining special events in the area. This colorful festival never fails to amaze tourists and guests, particularly because it commemorates the ancient ritual of a local tribe in Leyte. At the same time, this event is a celebration of the rich natural resources of the place, which boasts of pristine forests and beautiful orchids. During the celebrations, people can witness enjoyable dance presentations, as well as outstanding concerts that feature many talented homegrown singers.
The people of Hilongos celebrate the Alikaraw Festival every December 31 — the end of the year.
The Alikaraw Festival is a way to give thanks to petal fairies, celebrate their blessings, and hope for a bountiful year ahead through dances and songs with colorful flower costumes.
Leyteños believe that fairies sway their magic petals to make sure that flowers grow and bloom.
However, they also believe that with the faith of the Holy Child, the powerful Sto. Niño, flowers will generate more colorful breeds in the future. (Tashuana Alemania)