I happen to visit the city of Tacloban yesterday. The city is getting colorful and busier. I was riding a public utility vehicle, I noticed lot of stores sprouting in the street. It only happen during fiesta celebration.
Banderitas all over the street. Behind is the Sto Niño ChurchSangyaw Festival and Parade of light history:
- The city of Tacloban is celebrating two festivals. The Sangyaw Festival and Pintados Festival. The word Sangyaw means “to announce or herald a news” in the local dialect./li>
- It was created by the former First Lady Imelda Marcos in 1976.
- Sangyaw was abolished when the late President Corazon “Cory” Aquino was elected on 1986. It was however revived by Mayor Alfred Romualdez, a nephew of the former first lady, on June 29, 2008.
- Sangyaw festival showcases the rich cultural and religious heritage of the natives of Tacloban and the province it belongs to.
- Every year, warriors painted in colourful costumes, women performing elaborate rituals and the incorporation of Christianity are just few of the performers and activity to watch out for during Sangyaw.
- The devotion to Sto. Niño, patron of Tacloban City, is the main attraction of the festival.
- The Sangyaw is based on a popular belief that the statue of Sto. Nino miraculously survived a shipwreck around 1880’s. This was after the original icon, brought by the Spaniards in 1888, has to be back to Manila for reconstruction and refitting. On its way back to Tacloban, the steamer “Luzon” which was its carrier caught in a disastrous fire and sank. The patron was recovered in June 30, 1889 when the Governor of Leyte received a letter from Military Governor Jose Gil de Avalle of Mindoro stating that Barrio Lieutenant of Barrio Semirara in Mindoro sighted a box labelled “Santo Niño, Patron han Tacloban.” Following the recovery of Sto. Niño, thousands of devotees joined the “salubong” in Balyuan Tower, near the Sto. Nino parish.
- Currently, the Sangyaw Festival is a co-celebration of that popular belief by adjoining with other localities from all over the Philippines to showcase their rich cultural heritage thru dances and religious belief.
- Beautiful floats of landmarks all over the region, traditions and even famous people and cartoon characters are decorated with different lights
Sangyaw Parade of Light 2013
with the little big tot Sangyaw Parade of Light 2013
Sangyaw Festival 2011 with the dancers
Pintados Festival History
- The Pintados Festival is a cultural-religious celebration in Tacloban based on the body-painting traditions of the ancient tattooed "pintados" warriors.
- In 1986, the Pintados Foundation, Inc. was formed by the people of Tacloban to organize this festival in honor of Sr. Santo Niño.
- Different Festivals from all over the region showcasing their talent and dancing and religious belief.
- Years later, it was merged with the Kasadyaan Festival which is always held on June 29.
with Ms Pintados 2015 4th runner Ma. Aila Nicole Pacle
Candidates of Ms Tacloban 2016, introducing herself is Ma. Aila Nicole Pacle
Aside from two festival beauty pageant is also one of the highlights of the fiesta celebration. Its Ms Tacloban, Ms Pintados and Ms Teen Pintados.