VICTORIOUS. Performers of Pasaka Festival of Tanauan, Leyte retain the crown after winning in this year's Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival in Tacloban City on Thursday (June 27, 2019). Pasaka was the grand champion in the recent Aliwan Fiesta, the battle of the best festivals in the country held annually in Pasay City. (PNA photo by Roel Amazona)
TACLOBAN CITY— Tanauan, Leyte’s Pasaka Festival, one of the country’s best, successfully defended its crown in this year’s Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals held Thursday in this city.
Pasaka bested two other contingents and bagged the PHP750,000 cash prize.
The group will again represent the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival at the Aliwan Fiesta 2020 in Pasay City, the grandest festival competition in the country. Pasaka is this year’s Aliwan’s grand champion.
The contingent also bagged the best in festival costume and was on top of the festival music category while their lead dancer placed 3rd runner up in the Bituon han Leyte (local beauty pageant).
Tolosa’s festival contingent Tolo-Usa Festival was the 2nd placer, winning PHP500,000 cash while its festival lead dancer was the 2nd runner-up in Bituon han Leyte.
The contingent from Samar province, Makarato Festival of Matuginao town, was the 3rd placer. The group won in the best in street dance category while their lead dancer was crowned as Bituon han Leyte Festival Queen 2019.
Makarato bagged PHP250,000 cash prize and additional PHP100,000 for winning the street dance category.
Meanwhile, in the Pintados Festival Category, Tribu Mangirisda of Tanauan National High School in Tanauan town was adjudged as champion, defeating three other contingents.
Tribu Mangirisda received PHP100,000 cash prize and also won in the best in street dance and best in Pintados ritual music categories.
Tribu Manaragat of the city’s V&G Subdivision was the 2nd place winner while the Tribu Siete Cuatro of Nula-tula village here was the 3rd placer and also the best in Pintados tattoo.
Pintados-Kasadyaan executive committee chairman, Palo town Mayor Remedios Petilla said despite the small number of festival contingents that joined in this year competition, they are still happy with the outcome.
“That was really the problem because of the election. But people should expect a bigger festival and more contingent next year because it’s the 25th year of Kasadyaan,” Petilla said.
She added that since next year is a milestone year for Kasadyaan, the committee might increase the cash prizes for the winners.
“That will still depend on the decision of the committee and support of the provincial government,” Petilla added.
The Leyte Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals is one of the most-awaited events of the city’s fiesta celebrations this month in honor of its patron, the Señor Sto. Niño de Tacloban.
The Leyte’s festivals have brought fame and fortune to various champions, among them the Buyogan Festival of Abuyog, Burauen’s Buraburon, Tanauan’s Pasaka Festival, and Lingganay Festival of Alangalang, by emerging champions in prominent festivals as Sinulog of Cebu and the annual national Aliwan Fiesta-Battle of Festival champions in Manila.
The Kasadyaan Festival is a provincial government-sponsored event while the Pintados is a festival spearheaded by a Tacloban-based business group.
The Pintados has been celebrated since 1986 and was merged with the Kasadyaan Festival in 1996. (PNA)