Take a trip to Tacloban: Pintados & Sangyaw Schedule

June 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Before I give the schedule I’ll give you a brief history of Sto. Nino Tacloban.

When the Spaniards came to the Visayas in 1668, they found heavily tattooed men and women whom they called Pintados. The Pintados had their own culture and customs, such as commemorating victories by holding festivals and honoring their gods. In the 17th century, the friars banned the use of tattoos, branding the practice as savage and evil.

In 1888, missionaries from Spain brought the image of the Child Jesus that was known as El Capitan to the island. The Leyte natives were drawn to the story of the Child Jesus and became devotees and worshipers of El Capitan.

The Legend

The present image of the Santo Niño was brought to Manila for routine facelifting and change of its vestments. On His way to Tacloban, the streamer “LUZON” which carried the image caught fire off the coast of Romblon and Mindoro. In the confusion, the crate containing the Image was thrown overboard.

No celebration was held, as the report says, as the Hermano, then Mayor Arcadio Zialcita was in a quandary and was in grief over the loss of the revered Patron of Tacloban, the Santo Niño.

Devotees of the Santo Niño almost give up hope of ever seeing the Image again as they never heard of it anymore for almost six months. Sometime in May 1889, however, a letter from Military Governor Jose Gil de Avalle of Mindoro received by the Governor of Leyte to the effect that the Barrio Lieutenant of Barrio Semirara in Mindoro sighted a box labelled “Santo Niño, Patron han Tacloban.”

Immediately, the “Hermanidad Han Santo Niño” organized volunteers and dispatched a party of 9 members to retrieve the “given up for lost” Image which arrived in Tacloban with the precious cargo after much ordeal on June 30, 1889.


In 1986, the businessmen and entrepreneurs of Tacloban City founded the Pintados Foundation, Inc. They began organizing religious cultural activities for the city fiesta in honor of the Sto. Niño. Former Leyte governor Remedios Loreto-Petilla spearheaded the festival which was first celebrated on 12 May 1996. In 1999, the celebration was moved to 29 June in honor of the Señor Santo Niño de Leyte. The Pintados Festival or Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival is annually celebrated on the 29th of June in Tacloban City, Leyte, to honor the Señor Santo Niño or Holy Child. The festival’s highlights include the Leyte Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals, the 17th Pintados Festival Ritual Dance Presentation, and the Pagrayhak Grand Parade. In the Visayan dialect, “Kasadyaan” means “merriment and jollity.”


 Sangyaw is a festival in the Philippines. It was revived in 2008 by the city government of Tacloban, Leyte, Eastern Visayas. Sangyaw means “to herald news” in Waray language. Various festival-participants from different parts of the country participate in this tribal procession. It was held a day before the city fiesta. The festival was first held in 1974 but was cancelled in 1987. By the time Tacloban was HUC (Highly Urbanized City) Sangyaw was proposed by the City Mayor since Pintados was an event held by the province

Schedule Pintados:

June 23

  • Ginoon Leyte (7:00pm) at RTR Plaza
  • Philippine Opera Company Musical “HARANA” (9:00pm) at RTR
  • PlazaLeyte Section Band: Video/Sing Along (11:30pm) at RTR Plaza

June 24

  • Opening of Pintados/Kasadyaan Agri-Fair (4:00pm) at RTR Plaza
  • Pepsi Night (7:00pm) at RTR Plaze
  • Miss Pintados 2011 (7:00pm) at Human Resource Dev’t Center, LNU
  • Leyte Section Band (11:30pm) at RTR Plaze
June 25
  • Adlaw Han Kabataan (4:00pm) at RTR Plaza
  • Celebrity Night featuring: Kris Lawrence, Vincent Buena, Miguel Escueta & Kevin Cisco ( 7:00pm) at RTR Plaza

June 27

– Pintados Kasadyaan Parade (8:00am) from Grandstand to RTR Plaze

Schedule Sangyaw:

June 23

  • 1st National Jetski Competition a 3 day event (7:00am) at Baluarte Beach Resort
  • Tacloban Fabulous Five Pageant Night (7:00pm) at Astrodome
  • SAMLEYAW Cultural Show (7:00 pm) at Plaza de Rizal
  • Mayonnaise Band (7:00 pm) at Parayawan ha Balyuan
  • Christ the King Symphony (8:00 pm) Plaza de Rizal
June 24
  • Mega Jobs Fair (8:00 am) Balyuan Convention Center
  • Sangyaw Awards 2011 (7:00 om) Plaza de Rizal
  • Alamid Band ( 7:00 pm) Parayawan
June 25
  • Mr. Sangyaw Body Building (1:00 pm) Robinsons Place
  • Marivic Amor Dance Group (1:00 pm) Mayor City sts.
  • Kwan Band (7:30 Pm) Parayawan
  • Miss Tacloban 2011 Coronation & Pageant Night (7:30 pm) Astrodome
June 26
  • Leyte Dance Theatre (7:00 pm) Plaza de Rizal
June 29
  • Sangyaw Festival Street Dance
Wikipedia, Wikipilipinas, Leytepintados, Leyte Samar Daily Express

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