Tacloban's month-long Sangyaw festivities already set


The City Tourism Office has released the list of some activities for Tacloban's annual fiesta. Due to the pandemic, the month-long festivities were postponed for two years. Photo: Mae Serrano

TACLOBAN CITY –  The City Tourism Office has released the official list of activities for the celebration of Tacloban City's annual fiesta. This comes after the city's month-long 'Sangyaw' celebrations were delayed for two years due to the pandemic.

Among the main events of this year's festival are the Sangyaw Parade Festival and the nightly performances by local bands at the Sangyawan Music Festival. Meanwhile, the "Battle of the Bands." competition will take place in conjunction with the music festival.

Sangyaw is the official name of the city's festival, which was introduced in the late 1970s or early 1980s as a highlight of the fiesta celebration by then-First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos. It was revived as the highlight of Tacloban fiesta celebrations in 2008 by Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez.


Related: Everything you need to know about Sangyaw Festival in Tacloban


On June 8, the city government already kicked off the Sangyawan Music Festival at Sangyawan Grounds, Magsaysay Boulevard, Tacloban City. 

Lined up at the nightly performances on the Sangyawan Ground are performers Zenith Acoustic, Iconic Crux Band (June 8); Iconic Note Acoustic, Squared Box, Tears of Rome (June 9); Irei Scoots, Chaos in Control, Isotones (June 10); Yuhi, Velvet Fogg, Anteepara (June 11); Green Peace band (June 29); and I Love Tacloban Band (June 30).

Other events are Tourism Culture Arts Fair at Plaza Rizal from June 21 to 27, PARUMBA 2022 on June 25, the Grand Finale of Sangyaw Dance Festival Queen 2022 at Balyuan Amphitheater on June 29, and Wonderland Street Party on June 29, among others.

Religious activities for the 133rd Tacloban Fiesta include Pre-Balyuan Rites on June 18, Balyuan Rites at the Balyuan Amphitheater on June 20, and the customary Fluvial and Land Processions, as well as Pontifical Mass on Fiesta Day, June 30. —AJ Yes/iTacloban

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