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MANILA, Philippines–The Archdiocese of Palo has called on the concerned civic and private organizations for an orderly month-long fiesta celebration in Tacloban this June.

Noting the previous tussles between its known organizers, Fr. Amadeo Alvero, archdiocese media coordinator, said they are hoping that this year’s fiesta in Tacloban would be spared from any problem.

“We’ve respected all the organizers and that they have their freedom with what they would do in observing fiesta celebration, also based between the separation of the Church and the State. Our only appeal is for us to maintain a solemn commemoration, particularly during the procession of our Patron, Señor Sto. Niño, on fiesta day,” Alvero said.

Tacloban fiesta activities culminate in June 29 and 30.

On Friday, representatives from Pintados Kasadyaan Festivals of Festival and the Sangyaw Foundation discussed initial plans to have a peaceful and fun-filled fiesta this year and for the years to come.

“So happy with the results of the meeting as it would seem that Pintados-Kasadyaan would be amenable to having a ‘Day of Festivals’ where Pintados-Kasadyaan will hold their parade in the morning and the Sangyaw staging their Parade of Lights in the evening,” posted city administrator Tecson John Lim on his Facebook account.

Lim expressed hope that the “higher ups of Pintados-Kasadyaan will agree.”

“Though there was an agreement reached during the meeting, we have yet to wait for their formal letter/amended request for permit on Monday. But I am very optimistic about the same as they did express their mutual desire to have a happy fiesta in Tacloban!” Lim said.

The City Government is behind the Sangyaw Festival, while the Provincial Government of Leyte is known to be supporting the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festivals of Festival.

Mayor-elect Alfred Romualdez said the city is looking forward to have a better working relationship to other stakeholders in the city, other opposing parties and the Leyte Provincial Government under its new governor, Dominic Petilla.

During the 2011 fiesta celebration, Tacloban made it into national headlines when a “commotion” ensued during a festival parade following some alleged “political and personal differences” between organizers and supporters of the Sangyaw Festival and the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival.