Sangyaw Festival

Tacloban City, Leyte

Sangyaw Festival is the other festival celebrated in the city of Tacloban. Sangyaw is drawn from the local word for "herald". It is celebrated on the 29th day of June, as with the Pintados Festival celebration. Imelda Marcos, the former Philippine First Lady, conceptualized this festival on the year 1974. However, it was discontinued by the people when the Marcos family was involved in a hstorical ...

controversial issue. In the year 2008, the Sangyaw Festival made its comeback through the decision of the Tacloban City mayor to revive it. Now, the Sangyaw Festival is celebrated along with the Pintados Festival celebration.

Sangyaw Festival News

  • Tacloban Wraps Up Sangyaw Festival

    Tacloban Wraps Up Sangyaw Festival

    The month-long Sangyaw Festival, dubbed the brightest festival in the Philippines with the happiest people in the world, closed with the Sangyaw Parade of Lights on Sunday.

    The event was graced by Senator Cynthia Villar, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, Former Senator Bong Bong Marcos, and former mayor Alfred S. Romualdez.

    Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez was grateful for the successful 129th City Fiesta of Tacloban in honor of the city's patron saint, Senor Santo Nino de Tacloban.

    "I thank my people who had been there to support us, our sponsors, the media, and my family ...

  • Tacloban Celebrates Sangyaw Festival Of Lights PRRD Guest Of Honor

    Tacloban Celebrates Sangyaw Festival Of Lights PRRD Guest Of Honor

    No less than President Rodrigo Roa Duterte was the guest of honor during the Sangyaw Festival of Lights held June 29, the Vesper Day of the Tacloban City Fiesta.

    In his message, the president expressed his appreciation that the City has continued preserving and passing the city's heritage from generation to generatoion.

    Sangyaw, which means "to announce or herald a news" in the local dialect, is a popular native festival held every 29th of June in Tacloban City.

    The festival has gained its popularity following its creation by then former First Lady Imelda Marcos in 1976. However, a ...

  • Sangyaw Lights Fest Set

    It?s all systems go for the month-long Sangyaw Festival of Lights that kicked off June 9 here, including safety and security procedures, city officials said Tuesday.

    Tacloban Mayor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez, with the Tacloban City Police Office led by City Director Rolando Bade and the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, assured the public that security measures are in place around the city following the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

    Bade said police have set up check points and organized intelligence monitoring and foot patrols around the city, and will deplo ...

  • Tacloban Celebrates Sangyaw Festival

    Tacloban Celebrates Sangyaw Festival

    Thousands of Tacloban residents were once again amazed on Wednesday night by the Sangyaw Parade of Lights, an annual event hosted by the city government of Tacloban in line with the 127th fiesta celebration of this city.

    At least 10 villages competed in the street dancing category, 10 schools joined the festival category, and nine groups vied for the merry makers' category.

    Winning groups for the Festival Street Dancing Barangay (village) Category are Brgy. 77-Fatima (champion), Brgy. 92-Apitong (first place), and Brgy. 95-Caibaan (2nd place).

    For school-based street dancing category, ...

  • Tacloban Is Alive And Kicking

    Tacloban Is Alive And Kicking

    Tacloban City was celebrating Sangyaw Festival, while the provincial government of Leyte was celebrating Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals when I came in June last year.

    It was my first time to travel to the city that was highly devastated by Supertyphoon Yolanda (international code name Haiyan), the strongest typhoon in the world, which took place in November 2013. Together with select Manila representatives, I felt privileged to be invited by the local government and the Department of Tourism-Region 8, headed by Regional Director Karen Tiopes, to witness how the province rose from ...

  • COA questions Sangyaw Festival expenses

    COA questions Sangyaw Festival expenses

    Even parades and parties aren't spared from politics.

    The Commission on Audit (COA) in Eastern Visayas is questioning the P3,450,000 spent by the city government of Tacloban for its 2013 Sangyaw Festival.

    COA 8 Regional Director Manolo T. Sy called out Tacloban City Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez in a letter dated June 8, 2014 on the violations of Presidential Decree No.1445 in a COA Circular No. 97-002 dated February 20,1997.

    Director Sy furnished Mayor Romualdez of the COA 2013 audit report, that said the city government transferred the amount to nine barangays, three private educational ...