Leyte festivals to compete in Sinulog-A A +A
Monday, January 7, 2013
TWO Leyte festivals will again join in one of the country’s grandest festival later this month, the Sinulog Festival in Cebu City.
Alangalang’s Lingganay Festival will defend its crown as the grand champion during last year’s Sinulog, while Tanauan’s Pasaka Festival will again see action.
Lingganay Festival wowed the Cebu crowd and tourists with its fresh and colorful interpretation during the Sinulog 2012. The festival was conceptualized in 1995 based on the legend of the town’s lost golden bell. The legend says that when the Moro pirates surprised the people, they tried to flee away with the bell.
Aside from winning the grand prize, Lingganay Festival was also named as the contingent with the best costume and best in musicality.
The Lingganay contingent already started practice even during the Christmas season to fully prepare for the Sinulog competition.
Lingganay earned the right to represent the province in the Sinulog Festival as it won the first place in the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival in June 2012. Tanauan’s Pasaka Festival was Pintados-Kasadyaan’s second place winner thus likewise earning the right to join in Cebu this year.
Pasaka was also a contingent in the Sinulog 2012 and its lead dancer Nerissa Modesto was named Festival Queen first runner-up in the Festival Queen competition.
The Sinulog Festival is held every third Sunday of January where millions of tourists and devotees of the Sr. Sto. Niño flock to Cebu for the grand parade and competition as well as the religious festivities. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)