Quantcast
Latest Stories

Tacloban City shines with a parade of lights

By

PARTICIPANTS of the Sangyaw Parade
of Lights walked through the streets of
Tacloban City in colorful costumes.

The three-year-old first Highly Urbanized City (HUC) in Eastern Visayas shines again, as Tacloban showcased its first Sangyaw Parade of Lights last June 29 in honor of Señor Sto. Nino de Tacloban.

Thousands of spectators lined the main thoroughfares, all eager to watch the 20 colorful floats brightly illuminated by 3D LED lights, and each depicting the sociocultural and religious heritage of the city. Col orful, flamboyant costumes were worn by various performers who danced and paraded, enlivening the fiesta.

Many consider the Sangyaw Parade of Lights the first ever event held in the country. It represents Tacloban as the light of the region.

The Galleon, the first float, carried the image of its patron saint Señor Sto. Niño de Tacloban, and recalls when the First Mass in the Philippines was held in Limasawa 500 years ago during the expedition of Ferdinand Magellan. The first baptism in the country marked the start of centuries of Catholic influence, making the Philippines the only predominantly Roman Catholic country in Asia.

TACLOBAN patron SR. STO. NIÑO de Tacloban led the SANGYAW “Parade of Lights”

The Chinese influences were depicted through the popular dragon dance, and the Chinese artifact and pagoda float, with performers in Chinese costumes dancing behind it.

The World War II tank “I Shall Return” Float represented the landing of Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

The San Juanico Bridge float depicted the landmark of development in the ’70s, while the “I Love Tacloban” motto and the Seal of Tacloban illustrated the conversion of Tacloban into a Highly Urbanized City, the first in Region 8.

Other floats carried the Sangyaw Ms Tacloban 2012 and her entourage. The Parade of Lights showcased the dreams and aspirations of Taclobanons, working toward a common goal in the “Working for a Brighter Future” float. Succeeding floats depicted the city’s natural and marine riches.

SANGYAWParade of Lights Working for a Brighter Future float

Merrymakers and performers in creative, colorful attire added spice to the event as onlookers, visitors, balikbayans, and tourists savored the much- awaited affair.

First couple

The event was planned by the first couple, Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez and City Tourism Council Committee chair and First Lady councilor Cristina G. Romualdez, with the participation of the Taclobanons themselves, barangay contingents, city officials and city department heads and employees. The Sangyaw Parade of Lights entertained thousands of bystanders who came to witness the event.

SAN Juanico Bridge float

Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez, overwhelmed by the turnout, thanked everybody for being there. “Para ha iyo ini mga igkasi ko Taclobanon, I love Tacloban” (It’s for you to enjoy, fellow Taclobanons, I loveTacloban).

Councilor Romualdez also expressed her gratitude to the people. “This is just the beginning of more lights for our city, coming from our creator. Thank you so much Tacloban.”

The Sangyaw Parade of Lights has come a long way since the early ’80s, when the festival was conceived by the country’s then First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos. Sangyaw 2012 represented the region’s rich sociocultural and religious heritage through the colorful floats, joined by 18 contingents with 50 participants per group, each wearing uniquely and elaborately designed costumes.

Each group was positioned behind every lighted float, dancing to the Sangyaw Samba beat heard all over the cit .

The Sangyaw Festival was patterned after the Kasaysayan ng Lahi, from the lore of Malakas and Maganda to the colonial eras, up to the Philippine Independence.

Discontinued for years, it was revived when Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez, a nephew of Mrs. Marcos, became the city’s chief executive.

“Sangyaw” means to proclaim or announce, in this case referring to Tacloban’s forthcoming fiesta in honor of its patron, Sto. Niño de Tacloban. The fiesta celebrates the people’s devotion to the Sto. Niño de Tacloban. The Sangyaw Festival is observed every 29th of June.

Such festivals hope to attract domestic and international tourists to Tacloban City.


Follow Us


Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Sangyaw Festival , Sangyaw Parade of Lights , Tacloban City , Travel

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZU7ERDCXKQXKHK2U5ICKQHDBHQ Dhum

    THAT STUPID MAYOR ALFREDO ROMUALDEZ THINKS HE CAN ACT LIKE A KING AND CHANGE A TRADITION LIKE THE PINTADOS TO A SO CALLED PARADE OF LIGHTS OBVIOUSLY COPIED FROM OTHER CULTURES. TOGETHER WITH HER IRRELEVANT BOLDSTAR WIFE CHRISTINA GONZALES, A CITY COUNCILOR WHO DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO SPEAK WARAY, THEY CONTINUE THE OLIGARCHY BY PURCHASING THE CITY AND DEPRIVING ITS PEOPLE THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE. I A FORMER TACLOBANON WHO WAS FORCED UNDER THE ROMUALDEZ TO DISTRIBUTE VOTE BUYING CASH IS A TESTAMENT TO THEIR CORRUPTION. THEIR DAYS ARE NUMBERED!

    MABUHAY ANG PINTADOS!



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  2. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  3. This is not just a farm
  4. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  5. Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  6. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week?
  7. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  8. 12 other things you can do at Pico de Loro Cove
  9. Moist, extra-tender blueberry muffins
  10. The truffled mac ‘n’ cheese, eggs benedict, chicken leg confit are excellent
  1. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  2. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  3. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  4. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  5. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  6. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  7. France makes work beyond 6 p.m. illegal
  8. Ever heard of HydroBob?
  9. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  10. Boots Anson-Roa to wed in Eddie Baddeo
  1. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  2. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  3. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  4. Manila in shock over model Helena Belmonte’s death
  5. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  6. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  7. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  8. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  9. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer
  10. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?

News

  • Anti-gay demo in Ethiopia cancelled
  • Obama launches measures to support solar energy in US
  • Nebraska toddler gets stuck inside claw machine
  • Philippine eagle rescued by Army turned over to DENR
  • Gunmen attack Iraq military base, kill 10 soldiers
  • Sports

  • Vietnam says it will not host Asian Games
  • Nadal passes clay landmark with 300th victory
  • Wawrinka waltzes through with Monte Carlo walkover
  • Power Pinays smash India in Asian Women’s Club volleyball opener
  • PH youth boxers off to stumbling start in AIBA World tilt
  • Lifestyle

  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  • Entertainment

  • Cannes film festival launches race for 2014 Palme d’Or
  • Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes
  • Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler
  • American rapper cuts own penis, jumps off building
  • Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA
  • Business

  • Total says makes ‘very promising’ oil find off Ivory Coast
  • ‘Chinese Twitter’ firm Weibo to go public in US
  • World stocks subdued, Nikkei flat on profit taking
  • Asia stocks fail to match Wall Street gains
  • Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work
  • Technology

  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Filipinos #PrayForSouthKorea
  • Taylor Swift tries video blogging, crashes into fan’s bridal shower
  • DOF: Tagaytay, QC best at handling funds
  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Malaysia quarantines 64 villagers over MERS virus
  • DFA: 2 Filipinos survive Korean ferry disaster
  • PH asks airline passengers to check for MERS
  • Syria most dangerous country for journalists, PH 3rd—watchdog
  • Japan says visa-free entry still a plan
    Marketplace