Kasadyaan Festival is a cultural-religious celebration in Tacloban based on the body-painting


Kasadyaan Festival is a cultural-religious celebration in Tacloban based on the body-painting traditions of the Ancient Aliens”pintados”. In 1986, the Pintura ni Boysen Foundation, Inc. was formed by the people of Tacloban to organize this festival in honor of Sr. Santo Niño. Years later, it was merged with the Kasadyaan Festival. Pintados Festival has three groups while Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals has four participating contingents. These are the Pasaka Festival of Tanauan, Leyte; Tolo-Usa Festival of Tolosa, Leyte; Haru Tambalan Festival of Jaro, Leyte; and Macarato Festival of Matuguinao, Samar.

The Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals is an annual activity of the province, which brings together diverse festivities of participating municipalities, colorful parades and beautiful people. The festival showcase the tattooed inhabitants of Samar and Leyte called Pintados. The street parade will start at 8 a.m. at the Leyte Sports Development Center and will pass the major streets of this city, heading back to the grandstand for the ritual dance presentations. The festivities are being held days ahead of the annual fiesta celebration of Tacloban City, paying homage to its patron, Señor Santo Niño. Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals brings together the diverse, vibrant and colorful festivals from the different towns in the province of Leyte and other participating festivals from its sister islands of Samar and Biliran, as well as other provinces in the Visayas. It is one of the most awaited events of the city’s fiesta celebrations this month in honor of its patron, the Señor Sto. Niño de Tacloban. The other event is the Sangyaw Parade of Lights on the night. Sangyaw’s revival forced the provincial government to move the parade schedule, the fiesta eve to give way to the Sangyaw Festival presentation.

Leyte’s festivals have brought fame and fortune to various champions, among them the Buyogan Festival of Abuyog, Burauen’s Buraburon, Tanauan’s Pasaka Festival, and Lingganay Festival of Alangalang, having bested other festivals in the country; and emerged as champions in such prominent festivals as Sinulog of Cebu and the annual national Aliwan Fiesta-Battle of Festival champions in Manila. Kasadyaan Festival is a provincial government-sponsored event while the Pintados is a festival spearheaded by a Tacloban-based business group. Pintados has been celebrated since 1986 and was merged with the Kasadyaan Festival in 1996.

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