Pintados-Kasadyaan parade aborted due to City-Province conflict.
The Pintados - Kasadyaan Festival given a special permit by City Mayor of Tacloban Alfred Rumualdez to hold street parade. However due to disagreement on the route of the parade. The organizers were forced to discontinue the parade and go back to the Leyte Sports Complex formerly BR sports complex.
-bi.com staff reporting from Tacloban City
Last edited by jalmz; 06-27-2011 at 01:55 PM.
Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival grand parade slated today
Leyte Samar Daily Express
TACLOBAN CITY — It’s all systems go for today’s Pintados- Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals as tens of thousands of individuals coming from various parts of Leyte and here in the city are set to entertain the public through their respective dances.
Eugene Tan, president of the Pintados Foundation which runs the Pintados Festival, said that they are now ready for today’s activities despite the problems that they have faced just to mount the twin-billed festival.
“Our guests and tourists can expect a bigger and grander celebration of the Pintados- Kasadyaan (Festival of Festivals). We also expect a huge turnout of crowd (both during the street parade and the presentations),” Tan said during an interview.
It was learned from Tan that around 500 policemen coming from the regional and provincial headquarters are set to man the parade routes of the twin festivals.
Tan said that about 10 contingents coming from several villages of Tacloban have joined the Pintados Festival while 15 contingents coming from various parts of Leyte are joining the Kasadyaan Festival.
The following town festivals that are participating the Kasadyaan Festival are the following-Pamilipig Festival of Sta. Fe; Lubi-lubi Festival of Calubian; Pamagpag Festival of Pastrana; Bato-Balani Festival of Bato; Tamyuk Festival of Tunga; Linganay Festival of Alangalang;Quiot Festival of Isabel; Karatong Festival of Hindang; Viajedores Festival of La Paz; Lantawan ni David Festival of Capoocan; Sungkaan Festival of Hindang; Tulu-usa Festival of Tolosa; Tambiolo Festival of Babatngon and the Pintados Festival of Tacloban.
The much-awarded and now one of the province’ most well-known festival, the Buyugan Festival of Abuyog will not join in the competition but will nonetheless perform before the expected big crowd.
The street parade is to start at around 9 a.m. and is expected to end by noon snaking to some of the city’s main streets. By 1 p.m. the competition will start at the Leyte Sports Complex (Grandstand) with the winners to receive cash prizes and trophies.
Tan said their organization is still optimistic that despite the controversy surrounding this year’s staging of the festival, the public will still watch the parade and the presentation of the competing delegates.
“Our main purpose, right from the very start, is to help attract guests and tourists here in Tacloban. We have been consistent with our stand to be allowed to (stage) the festival here in Tacloban,” Tan said.
He lamented that the controversy surrounding the holding of several festivals here in the city during it fiesta celebration is actually not doing anything good.
It was learned from Tan that they have deposited the amount of P2, 000 before the sala of Judge Salvador Apurillo, presiding judge of the Regional Trial Court, as their tender and consignee permit in lieu of the permit to hold street parade not granted by the city government.
By JOEY A. GABIETA, Staff Writer
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