Fun in Tacloban

After the tragic and traumatic events that happened few days ago, Tacloban City will be celebrating Sangyaw Festival tomorrow, June 29.

That’s how resilient Pinoys are. No matter how scarred we are, we can still manage to put on a happy face. Having said that, everything is set for Sangyaw Festival.

I haven’t watched Sangyaw Festival before. I actually thought that it’s the replacement of Pintados Kasadyaan Festival. I just knew lately, (from a reader) that Sangyaw Festival and Pintados Kasadyaan Festival are separate festivals. Pintados Kasadyaan Festival was held last June 27.  I also learned from him that the former was organized by the city government while the latter is organized by the provincial government. Wheew! I got totally confused ’cause I haven’t heard about Sangyaw Festival before. Thanks to Benjie Retuerto. I don’t know you personally but thanks for the info.

I’m afraid I could’t tell you what “Sangyaw” means. I was born in Leyte but grew up in Cavite. That expains why I don’t understand some high-falluting Waray  terms. Nevertheless, Sangyaw Festival would still be as grandiose as Pintados. It has just gone bigger and better. 

Pintados Festival..ilove ds festival   sto.jpg   pin3.jpg

It was published on Tacloban City’s official website that Councilor Cristina Gonzales Romualdez (the former actress and now the wife of Tacloban City’s mayor) has invited some city mayors to join the festival parade. Her efforts paid off because there will be contingents from Cebu, Bacolod, Surigao, CDO, and others vying for the half million cash prize. It’s really something to watch out for.

But unfortunately I would have to miss it…again. It was in 2006 when I last watched, or should I say joined the event. I was then an intern at M.O.R. Tacloban (the local FM Station of ABS-CBN). I really didn’t understand why we had to ramble through the city and be “flaming hot” at the end of the day. Nobody knew I have a fever that time. Thank God I didn’t pass out in the middle of the street. I could have been in the headlines the next day.

But that didn’t stop me from watching concerts of Brownman Revival and Sugarfree. Nothing can stop me from doing what I will (Dingdong, pahiram muna ng linya ha) haha. There’s always plenty of nightlife in Tacloban in June. You can actually drink til you drop. The whole RTR Plaza is provided for drunkards like me. hehe.   

There’s more to that. This could also a chance for you guys to visit some historical places and landmarks in Tacloban City and in some neighboring towns.

letye ph.jpg Capitolyo han Leyte san juanico bridge mcarthur.jpg

(The photo of San Juanico Bridge was taken by Sir Gerry Ruiz)

I had to to grab other photos from my former classmate Melody de Luna without her go signal. I asked for her permission, though. hehe.

This could be the perfect occasion for those who want to experience fun and excitement in this side of the region.

If you’re free this weekend, fly to Tacloban and you’ll surely have fun…

’cause once you see Leyte, you shall return!   

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22 Comments on “Fun in Tacloban”

  1. BADoy Says:

    ako din una! hahaha! quits lang! ang ganda pala sa tacloban makapunta din dyan pag umuwi ako sa pinas! haiz.

    tara byahe tayo! 😛

    @BADoy: sige, punta ka sa taloban. ahehe. kelan ka nga ba uuwi? baka sa 2020 pa. hehe

  2. jhaynee Says:

    sana makapunta kami jan sa october kasama ng road trip sa negros at papuntang cebu..


    @jhaynee: may roadtrip kayo? pwedeng sumama? daanan nyo na lang ako sa cebu. hehe.

  3. wei vines Says:

    wow! ang kulay! hindi puro usok nakikita ko! waaahhh~

    @wei vines: haha. puro usok na ba nakikita mo jan sa manila? ahehe.

  4. mhar Says:

    ang ganda!! sana makapunta ako jan, pabisita dyan ha. pero sa ngayon sa blog mo muna.

  5. ced Says:

    sana makapunta ako jan.
    yung libre ha. hehehehe

    @ced: ala ng libre ngayon doc ced. unless maglakad at lumangoy ka papunta dun. hehe.

  6. benjie retuerto Says:

    fyi lang po,

    the pintados-kasadyaan festival was not discontinued, it was moved to the 27th, (handled by the province of Leyte) and the Sangyaw Festival is the revival of the City’s festival (stopped since the Imelda left the country some 20 or so years ago) so we have 2 festivals

    the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals (June 27)

    the Sanggyaw Festival (June 29)

    whew don’t get me started with the politics and intrigue between the province and the city, there’s enough to make a grand sitcom

    nevertheless all is fair in love and war, the conflict between the two camps (that doesn’t exist *wink*) has caused for them to surpass each other, so more events, more fun to the delight of the people of Leyte,, hehehe

    Kudos, Viva Señor Sto. Niño


    @bench: thank you so much for the info. i really thought that Sangyaw is the replacement of Pintados.

    i didn’t know the issue between the city and provincial government. hehe. another scoop. LOL

  7. donG hO Says:

    happy happy fiesta! passed by tacloban last year!

    @donG hO: thanks! sana makabalik ka ulit dun. hehe.

  8. camilleeee Says:

    mga dati kong opismeyts, nakagala na dyan. ako lang ang di nakasama sa kanila nun. 😦

    yep, lahat sila nagandahan talaga dyan.

    taga-leyte diay ka lex? 😉 😀

    (napadalaw lang ang ate) 😉

    @ate cams: sana makabisita ka din soon. yep, taga-leyte ko. hehe. tenks sa pagdaan te. mwahhh!

  9. nickname™ Says:

    ang danda naman ng pichurs!

    pare-pareho lahat.

    may red x button sa upper left corner.

    ang saya!


    puntahan ko rin yan!


    @nickname™: hahaha. ganda no? LOL. sige punta ka na! NOW na! 😆

  10. kamotenista Says:

    mas maganda ata pakinggan ang name na Pintados…
    at Pintados people reminds me of my great grandfather based sa family history namin…wahaha

    @kamotenista: actually Pintados lang napapanood ko nun. di ko pa napanood ang Sangyaw Festival na yan.

  11. popoy Says:

    *nosebleed* pero tama ka lex. kahit ano pang nangyari basta may kapistahan na darating ndi pedeng ndi matuloy. ugali na nang pinoy yan 🙂

    @popoy: haha. to naman, minsan nga lang akong mag-english eh. hehe. ganyan talagang mga pinoy! tuloy pa rin ang saya! 😆

  12. lawstude Says:

    ang ganda ng celebration. hope to go there at sana next year na.

    By the way i am campaigning for INSULARE and DONGISM in Filipino Blog of the Week. Kindly VOTE for them in Talksmart’s or my blog. The poll is in the upper right side of the blog. Just check both their names. Take Care!!!

    @lawstude: hope Tacloban would be one of your destinations next year. i already voted for them. sabi mo eh. hehe. thanks kuya! take care din!

  13. zeemerblock Says:

    I’m back! hehe.. ganda nmn ng event…mu anha nya ko dnha sa nu place ha… nya pasudla ko sa inyu house… hehehe…

    @zeemerblock: it’s good that you’re back. hehe. wahhh.. wa man mi house. hehe.

  14. mhar Says:

    salamat sa pagbisita sa blog ko.

    @mhar: naku, ala yun. bumisita ka dito kaya bumisita din ako dun. hehe

  15. sofalicious Says:

    Namimiss ko na ang Fiesta ng Tacloban,last ko was 1999.Sana pinicturan din ang mga addict sa rugby na nasa pier 😀

    @sofalicious: wow! nakapunta ka na pala dun. hahaha. wag na yun. in fact, ala ng rugby boys dun. medyo sosyal kasi shabu na tinitira nila. jowk only!

  16. y Says:

    wish i could “jump” there in an instant. hehe! that’s what you call a breather.

    @y: haha. jump like a JUMPER? hehe.

  17. the word SANGYAW is a waray term which means “announce” or “proclaim”

    @Gloria Karlos: thanks for the info, then…

  18. Geisha Says:

    sheet i cant see the pics…lecheng IT to!
    sangyaw is also a bisayan term for announce..

  19. gerryruiz Says:

    Hi there! You might want to view the full galleries of the two Tacloban Fiesta festivals 🙂

    Head on to


  20. Erwin Tany Says:

    tacloban is beautiful i hope i can go their

  21. Erwin Tany Says:

    Tacloban is Beautiful i hope someday i can go their

  22. wally morados Says:

    i really love tacloban

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