Tacloban, Basey commemorate 49th Balyuan Rites

Tacloban, Basey commemorate 49th Balyuan Rites

 Tacloban and Basey towns in the Philippines celebrated the 49th Balyuan Rites, a cherished tradition symbolizing the exchange of Sto. Niño images. The event showcased the strong bond between the two towns and marked the beginning of Tacloban City's Fiesta Celebration. Photo: Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Niño/Facebook

TACLOBAN CITY – Tacloban City and Basey Town came together on a momentous occasion on Tuesday, June 20, to commemorate the 49th Balyuan Rites. This annual celebration holds great significance as it signifies the historical and cultural ties between the two towns.

Representatives from both municipalities, City Administrator Atty. Anacleto Rei Lacanilao III, representing Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez, and Basey Town Mayor Luz Chu-Ponferrada, led the Balyuan Rites. The event was graced by government officials, church leaders, and dedicated individuals.

The Balyuan Rites began with a vibrant fluvial procession carrying the Image of El Teniente, a replica of Sto. Niño de Tacloban, from Basey Town in Samar to Tacloban City. The arrival of the image at Balyuan Wharf was met with enthusiasm as City Government Officials and devoted residents extended a warm welcome.

A procession then took place, led by the image of Sto. Niño de Basey, heading towards the amphitheater where the ceremonial rites were held. Local officials and the faithful attendees gathered to witness and participate in solemn rituals that pay homage to their shared history.

During the event, officials delivered heartfelt messages, highlighting the enduring fellowship between Tacloban and Basey. These speeches emphasized the deep connection and mutual heritage that unite the two towns, fostering a sense of unity and pride among the attendees.

The highlight of the celebration was the ceremonial exchange of the Sto. Niño images, symbolize the continuous bond and commitment to preserving their common traditions. This act was a powerful reminder of the shared cultural heritage that has stood the test of time.

Preceding the Balyuan Rites, on June 16, El Teniente was paraded to Basey town for the Pre-Balyuan rites, further strengthening the connection between the two communities. The entire celebration concluded with a symbolic floral offering, expressing gratitude and reverence to both Sto. Niño images.

The Balyuan Rites not only showcased the unity between Tacloban and Basey but also marked the commencement of Tacloban City's Fiesta Celebration. The nine-day novena mass will now take place, bringing the community together to honor their shared heritage and celebrate the region's vibrant culture. —iTacloban (with reports from CIO)

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