Mayor Cristina: Sangyaw 2017 a Success, promises grander Festival next year
TACLOBAN CITY – A resounding success, this is how Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez assessed the 9th Sangyaw Festival of Lights held last Friday in this City which was witnessed by locals and foreign visitors. Mayor Romualdez credited the Festival’s success to the cooperation Taclobanons showed throughout the festivities.
The Chief Executive said that, “I’d like to congratulate the Taclobanons for being so cooperative and being so peaceful.” She likewise acknowledged the efforts of the police and the military in securing the City during the Festival.
The Mayor took particular notice of the effort exerted by City residents to ensure that the Festivities will be successful…”even on their own nag-oobserve (sila ng mga security measures) to make sure na walang masamang mangyari sa Tacloban. “Nagpasalamat ako kay lord na peaceful ang Festival, she added.
Amid tight security measures implemented by the local Police Office and the military on June 29, scores of spectators lined the main thoroughfares of Tacloban to witness the early evening parade of LED-lighted floats and costumed dancers composed of 20 contingents from local schools and City Barangays.
Mayor Romualdez and Daughter Sofia Romualdez, and guests which included, Senator Sonny Angara and Leyte 1st District Representative Yedda K. Romualdez joined the spectacle aboard brightly lighted floats.
The Festival which had the theme: “Unity for Progress,” also featured floats of other invited local government units.
Adjudged winners in the Street Dance Category were Barangay 92 Apitong and Palanog Elementary School for the School Category; each received 70,000 pesos and 50,000 pesos.
The Best Float Award went to Kapangian Central School which took home 80,000 pesos.
Festival entries were judged for its Lighting Effects, Performance, Choreography and Musicality. Judging of the entries was done in two parts; during the parade and the performance at the Balyu-an Amphitheater
The Sangyaw Festival of Lights is the official Festival of Tacloban, which was revived in 2008 by former Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez after it was declared a Highly Urbanized City. The Festival celebrates the vibrant culture, creativity and resiliency of Taclobanons, who withstood the wrath of Super Typhoon Yolanda nearly fours years ago.
The Mayor promised a grander celebration next year saying, “Definitely next year…mas mahaba (ang parade), mas peaceful, mas maganda… dapat every year paganda ng paganda and ating Sangyaw Festival.” – HENRY JAMES G. ROCA/CIO, Photos by Alex Alamos/CIO