Kasadyaan Festival – Body painting traditions of the ancient pintados

The merged celebration of the Pintados Festival and Kasadyaan Festival in Tacloban City based on the body-painting traditions of the ancient tattooed “pintados” warriors. Dancers paint their bodies in patterns that resemble armor to represent past warriors. The festival, officially called Leyte Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival and also known as the “Festival of Festivals,” is held annually on June 29, the day of the Feast of the Señor Santo Niño de Leyte.



The Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival is a merry-making event lasting a whole month, highlights of which include the Leyte Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals, the 17th Pintados Festival Ritual Dance Presentation and the “Pagrayhak” Grand Parade. These festivals are said to have began from the feast day of Señor Santo Niño, held every June 29th. The Leyteños celebrate a religious festival in a unique and colorful way. Since the Visayans are experienced in the art of body tattooing, men and women are fond of tattooing themselves.

The Pintados Festival displays the rich cultural heritage, incorporating native music and dances, of the people of Leyte and Samar. The Leyte Kasadya-an Festival of Festivals, meanwhile, showcases the unique culture and colorful history of the Province of Leyte. Started by former Leyte Governor Remedios Loreto-Petilla, the celebration was first held on May 12, 1996. The festivities weren’t always held every June 29th; the first three years saw different dates. It was only in 1999 that it was fixed to June 29, the Feast of the Señor Santo Niño de Leyte.

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