It was one long, hot – no, make that, VERY hot – day last June 27 in Tacloban City for many of us photographers and photo enthusiasts who covered the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals under the heat of the unmerciful sun.

As expected, the Buyogan Festival of Abuyog, Leyte bagged the top prize – a cool P500,000 – with their terrific, frenzied and simply “wow!” performance making one Manila blogger predict that Buyogan would grab again the 2011 Grand Champion title of next year’s Sinulog Festival of Cebu and the Aliwan Festival of Festivals in Metro-Manila.

Here are the final results for the Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals:

Best in Streetdance – Buyogan Festival of Abuyog, Leyte

Best in Festival Music – Buyogan Festival of Abuyog, Leyte

Fourth runner up – Pamilipig Festival of Santa Fe, Leyte

Third runner up – Pasaka Festival of Tanauan, Leyte

Second runner up – Viajedores Festival of La Paz, Leyte

First runner up – Karatong Festival of Dulag, Leyte

CHAMPION: Buyogan Festival of Abuyog, Leyte

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Pintados-Kasadyaan 2010: Streetdance Parade

Pintados-Kasadyaan 2010: Ritual Presentation

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In line with the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals Fiesta Celebration, the Camera Club of Leyte & Samar and the Litratista Photography Forum have launched a photo exhibit dubbed, “The Best of Eastern Visayas” at the lobby of Leyte Park Hotel.

The photo exhibit showcases various tourist destinations, as well as the lifestyle and culture of Eastern Visayas.

On exhibit are photo works of Denver Abalos, Katrina Ruiz-Banzon, Hazel Caballero, Rommel Cabrera, Luisito Cabrera, Fr. Rey Caraballa, Roy Dolina, Adalric Dy, Orlando Uy, Nathaniel Llorono, Archie Omega, Neslon Petilla, Joey Reyna, Ludette Ruiz, Gae Samson and yours truly.

The exhibit which runs until July 2, 2010 is being presented in cooperation with the Leyte Provincial Government, the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival Foundation and the Department of Tourism Reg. Ofc. No. 8.

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“Mga Bayhon ni Santa Maria – Images of the Blessed Virgin Mary” opened to the general public June 24, 2010 at the main entrance lobby of Robinson’s Place Tacloban.

Leyte Governor Jericho “Icot” Petilla, Palo mayor-elect Remedios “Matin Petilla” and Msgr. Ramon Aguilos formally opened the Marian Exhibit to the public.

The exhibit, which features some 50 images of the Blessed Virgin Mary gathered from around Tacloban City and other municipalities, will run only till June 30, 2010.

View photos of some of the images on exhibit, as well as photos taken during the ingress:

http://gerryruiz.callezaragosa.com/p637890875

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June 20, 2010 the Basey Sto. Niño flotilla arrives in Tacloban City re-enacting the exchange of the images of Señor Santo Niño between the Basey barrios of Buscada and Kankabatok (now Tacloban).

After the usual offerings and exchange of messages between government officials of Tacloban City and the Municipality of Basey, a mass is held at the Sto. Niño Parish Church.

In the afternoon, the Tacloban and Basey Sto. Niño images are motored  around the barangays of Tacloban announcing the start of the 9-day novena prayers of the Tacloban Fiesta celebration.

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