TACLOBAN CITY, June 24 (PIA) -- The Leyte Pintados-Kasadyaaan Festival of Festivals was formally opened on June 14 at the Remedios Trinidad Romualdez (RTR) Plaza inTacloban City, as part of the activities in celebration of the city's town fiesta on June 30.
The joint celebration is the 33rd year for the Pintados Festival, which is being participated in by the academe, barangay constituents and business establishments in the city, and the 24th for the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals, joined by the festivals in some municipalities of the Eastern Visayas region.
For this year's Pintados-Kasadyaan, there are four festival contingents who are ready to compete come June 27, through street dancing parade around the city, and stage performances at the Leyte Sports Complex, this city. These are the Pasaka Festival of Tanauan, Leyte; Tolo-Usa Festival of Tolosa, Leyte; Haru Tambalan Festival of Jaro, Leyte, and; Macarato Festival of Matuguinao, Samar.
Outgoing Palo Mayor Remedios "Matin"Petilla, who is the Chairperson of the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals, said during the Press Conference, "There are only four contingents for this year because this is the election year where local chief executives have been busy with the midterm polls, aside from the fact that there are also changes in the local administration."
However, Petilla added that some mayors have assured participation in the next celebration saying, "Let us give them time to prepare because they are there not only to join, but to win, as well."
She added, "For the love of festival, we have to continue with the fantastic activities because these bring unity and pride to the communities, on top of showcasing the culture, history and identity of the province."
A cash prize of P750,000 awaits the grand champion, while P500,000 and P250,000 will be given to the second and third placers, respectively. Special awards such as Best in Music and Best in Street Dancing will likewise be given to the winning contingents.
The Kasadyaan chairperson also said, "The number of participants will not matter because our participants are among the bests in the region. We are not after the quantity but the quality of the presentations."
She also said the activities will inspire other municipalities and provinces to have their own and unique festivals.
Manwhile, Pintados Foundation Inc. President Eugene Tan described these activities as the biggest festival in the region, and among the famous in the Philippines.
Tan did not discount the fact that these festivals have brought names and pride to the region.
According to him, Region 8's Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals has been a producer of champions.
"In the recently concluded Aliwan Festival in Manila held last April, our province made names as the Pasaka Festival of Tanauan, Leyte was named Champion, besting all other participating festivals from the rest of the country. The Buraburon Festival of Burauen, Leyte also placed second during the said national competition of local festivals," he said.
Other activities held during the Grand Opening included a holy mass, a procession and enthronement of Sr. Sto. Nino, the Patron Saint of the City and the Province, and a prelude to the festival performed by the members of the academe. Fireworks display and the elimination round of the hip-hop competition were also held.
The Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals is an annual activity of the province, which brings together diverse festivities of participating municipalities, colorful parades and beautiful people. The festival was first celebrated on June 29, 1987, to showcase the tattooed inhabitants of Samar and Leyte called Pintados. (LDL/GTT/PIA-Leyte)