Brace up: It’s the feast of Sr. Sto. Niño in Tacloban City fiesta
On June 30 Taclobanons celebrate its annual fiesta celebration to commemorate and honor the miraculous Child Jesus, known as the Sr. Sto. Niño, the city’s patron saint. It is also the patron saint of Leyte province.
It is a Roman Catholic Church affair primarily. The Catholic faithful regularly come up with activities that fit the occasion. By tradition the activities are designed by the Catholic faithful to create wholesome celebration of fun dancing with elaborate colorful costumes; and usually peppered with childish chanting – Viva Santo Niño!
The street dancing and the cultural activities that follow are depictions of child-like innocence. It is an offering to Child Jesus which may have been done in long yester times. Father God must be pleased with these child – like mindset of adults playing child-loved games and entertainment, a show of simplicity even innocence, a long-desired characteristic of a dreamed saintly life.
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It is unfortunate that the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals will no longer have a parade and street dancing, this year, after all of 17 years yearly offerings to Miraculous Sto. Niño de Tacloban. It should be the 26th year of Pintados yearly offering. In Tacloban fiesta 2012, the 17 contingents coming from the different towns of the province of Leyte will no longer be seen in colorful parade and street dancing in Tacloban, simply because the young and handsome mayor of his highly urbanized city will not allow the same presentations anymore for reasons only his own egoistic mind knows.
But we still pray that God bless his soul. Amen.
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The organizers and participants of the Pintados Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals will still continue their annual offerings of dances depicting the culture, art and a bit of history of each town-contingent, as always at the Leyte Sports Center, popularly known as Grandstand.
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The PKFF for a long time had their activities and presentations every June 29 but when Mayor Alfred took over power in the city of Tacloban he transferred the date to June 27, to accommodate Sangyaw, a festival organized during the Martial Law heydays by Imelda, wife of Dictator Ferdinand Marcos. It “died” when the powerful Marcos clan (to include Alfred’s) were driven out of our land by the Filipino people via the well known People Power peaceful revolution in February 1986.
By: Alvin Gz. Arpon
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