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. The Sangyaw Festival was created by former first Lady Imelda Marcos and will be revived this year 2008 by her nephew, Mayor Alfred Romualdez. The Sangyaw was replaced by the Pintados festival when the Marcoses were booted out of Malacanang. Now that the Sangyaw was revived, Tacloban will celebrate not one but two festivals, the Pintados on June 27 and the Sangyaw Festival on June 29. Contestants from different provinces and festivals shall grace the Sangyaw Festival. This is a Street Dancing competition with prizes ranging from 100,000.00 to 500,000.00 open to City Cultural Groups. Among those who have committed to join the Festival Parade are Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña, Talisay City (Cebu) Mayor Soc Fernandez, Lapu-lapu City Mayor Art Radaza, Bacolod City Mayor Bing Leonardia, Makati City Mayor Jojo Binay, Silay City Mayor Oti Montelibano, Isabela City (Basilan) Mayor Chery Acbar, Marikina City Mayor Marides Fernando, Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco and San Carlos City Mayor Bong Lacson. Other cities with cultural contingents who will be visited by Councilor Cristina Romualdez are Iloilo, Dumaguete, Bais, Kabankalan, Cadiz, Cagayan de Oro, Surigao and Butuan. Under the leadership of Tacloban City Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez, the SANGYAW FESTIVAL 2008 – a revival of the Santo Niño Festival sponsored by Former Firs Lady Imelda Marcos – will hopefully put Tacloban back on the tourist map. Here are some pictures showing the participants in the Sangyaw Festival.
Sangyaw Festival Grand Champion:
Tribu Kabatok of Tacloban City
Sangyaw Festival Best in Streetdancing:
2nd Place: Tribu Kabatok of Tacloban City
3rd Place: Sapatos Festival Marikina City
Best in Costume: Lumad Basakanon of Cebu Sinulog Festival
Best in Music: Tribu Kabatok of Tacloban City
Guest Contingent: Makati Caracol Festival
Cristina Romualdez, having a picture taking with Marian Rivera.