TACLOBAN CITY-The Tacloban fiesta on June 30 in honor of its patron saint, Señor Sto. Niño, is highlighted by two festivals: Tacloban Sangyaw and Leyte Pintados-Kasadyaan Festivals.

On Saturday, at least 12 contingents from different towns in Leyte and Samar participated in the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festivals during the return of its grand parade at the city’s thoroughfare.

On Monday night, June 29, the Tacloban City government will hold its Sangyaw Festival’s “Parade of Lights” with its colorful 3LED light creations.

Local residents and visitors have observed that the return of the two competing festivals mark the fast recovery of Taclocan City and Leyte province after the devastation brought about by super typhoon “Yolanda” in November 2013.

During the opening of the Pintados-Kasadyaan festivals Saturday, two warring political families — the Romualdezes and the Petillas — were also seen together on the stage.

“We thank the media for bringing our story of hope and unity. Today is our time to celebrate. Good luck to all the participants,” said Leyte 1st District Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, whose presence brought surprise and cheers to over 50,000 visitors in the jam-packed Leyte Sports Complex.

“This is our time to thank God. We have survived the powerful typhoon Yolanda. Let us be united,” said Leyte Gov. Leopoldo Dominico Petilla who, along with his mother, Palo town Mayor Remedios Petilla and brother, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla, gladly welcomed Romualdez on stage. PNA