TACLOBAN CITY glowed again with the Sangyaw Festival “Parade of Lights” 19 months after it was levelled by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) on November 2013.
The main streets of Tacloban were jam-packed by both local and foreign visitors who came to witness the June 29 Sangyaw “Parade of Lights”.
Onlookers were already filling up the streets as early as 3:00pm, even though the Sangyaw Parade of Lights 2015 with the theme “Resilient Tacloban” was scheduled to start at 6:00pm.
Tourists were seen taking pictures and posing to different groups of street dancers in colorful and flickering light costumes.
“Coming up with the parade of lights this year will surely give hope to our fellow Taclobanons. The whole world ought to know that we are resilient people and we are bouncing back for a better Tacloban,” said councilor and tourism chairperson Cristina Romualdez.
Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez thanked Taclobanons and all contingents who participated, for bringing “happiness” to the constituents and visitors.
“We want to tell the world that Taclobanon are resilient people. We also thanked our patron Sr. Sto. Nino de Tacloban for our recovery,” the mayor said.
Celebrities who joined the parade were Regine Tolentino, Manila Vice Mayor and actor Isko Moreno, Chokolait, Michael Pangilinan and Timothy of the Voice Philippines.
The Alpha Phi Omega won the grand prize for the Best Merrymaker Contingent category, while Leyte Normal University (LNU) got the Best School Contingent award.
The Best Float Contingent was awarded to Brgy. 49 – Youngfield.
By Gay Gaspay/TSAT
Photo by Elmer Eclipse