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

  • 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 ...

  • Tacloban held Sangyaw Festival Pasasalamat 2014 successfully

    Tacloban held Sangyaw Festival Pasasalamat 2014 successfully

    Tacloban moves on with Sangyaw Festival after being devastated by Typhoon "Haiyan" (locally known as Yolanda) seven months ago. Sangyaw is a very old Waray word which means "to herald news". The festival began in 1974 and was spearheaded by then First Lady Imelda Marcos but later discontinued by the next administration.

    It has been revived in 2008 by the current city Mayor, Alfred Romualdez.

    This year, the city staged the 125th annual fiesta for Sr. Sto Niño de Tacloban and labeled it as "Sangyaw Festival Pasasalamat 2014" to give thanks to the world for the aid and relief that it has ...

  • Tacloban Sangyaw Festival 2013

    Tacloban Sangyaw Festival 2013

    It was my first time to witness Tacloban's Sangyaw Festival also known as the Festival of Lights. It offers a combination of float and costume parade and a little bit of street dancing. Sangyaw is a local dialect which means to announce. This yearly event started during the time of former first lady Imelda Marcos.

    I could've missed the Sangyaw Festival due to typhoon Gorio but it was moved the night after so I was lucky enough to witness the event.

    The concept was actually interesting but the way it was organized and presented was kinda disappointing. It was confusing whether it was the ...