Tacloban Balyuan rite
Photos courtesy of TJ Lim and Allan Arcallana

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines- The 39th BALYUAN Rites at Balyuan Ampitheater welcomes back Sr. Sto. Niño de Tacloban (El Teniente) after a fluvial procession from Basey, Samar.

Tacloban City Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez and Sto. Niño Church Parish Priest Rev. Msgr. Alex Opiniano led Tacloban delegation to welcome El Teniente while Basey Mayor Junji Ponferrada spearhead Baseynon in bringing back El Teniente to Tacloban, at the same time fetch Sr. Sto. Niño de Basey (El Capitan).

Ceremonial Balyuan (exchange) of images were done, offering of flowers & lays, to include blessing and incensing of images, releasing of balloons and white doves comprised the traditional cultural and religious practice of holding BALYUAN rites yearly.

Watch updated video here, courtesy of I Love Tacloban TV