It’s fiesta time once again in Tacloban and the city is bustling with all kinds of pre-fiesta activities – from nightly gigs at the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival Park, the Balyuan Park and at the Tacloban Convention Center to all other activities at the mall and other commercial centers.

Fireworks display at the opening of the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival Park. View more photos.

Aside from the nightly band gigs, BBQ & beer parties, there’s the carnival, the usual beauty tilts, fairs of all kinds, photo exhibits, tribal festivals, etc.

Buried beneath all the numerous festival activities and commercialism are the religious and church-related fiesta activities – the underlying core and reason for being of this annual fiesta celebration.

Hence for this year’s fiesta, we have decided to document also the various church-related fiesta activities, starting with Pre-Balyuan, to Balyuan Rites, and to the religious activities on June 29 (Vesper’s Mass) and on Fiesta Day, June 30 (Pontifical Mass, Fluvial Parade and Land Procession.)

Pre-Balyuan Rites, 18 June 2010, Basey, Samar

The Tacloban and the Basey Sto. Niño images are brought to the old church in Brgy. Buscada, Basey, Samar from where the story of the Tacloban Sto. Niño devotion all began when Tacloban was still a barrio of Basey.



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Before summer of 2010 ends, we just had to go visit again our island paradise – the Island of San Pedro in Hinunangan, So. Leyte.

Although I’ve featured it here several times already, the family just cannot have enough of it.

So without further ado, here are the photos…

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We had a quick opportunity to visit San Antonio in Dalupiri Island, Northern Samar last May 26 & 27, 2010.

San Antonio (mistakenly called, San Antonio Island) is the name of the sole municipality in the island of Dalupiri in Northern Samar.

It can be reached either via the town of San Isidro or the much nearer Victoria; both towns are along the Maharlika Highway. From the jump off point at the Victoria pier, it is a mere 30-minute motorboat ride across to the island.

San Antonio seems to be the preferred excursion site specially for people living in the northwestern part of the island of Samar and we could understand why. The beaches are still unspoiled and the waters are unpolluted.

And one has a choice among several beach resorts offering overnight accommodations (airconditioned & non-aircon rooms & cottages) at reasonable rates.

We stayed at the Haven of Fun. ;)

Enjoyed a couple of beers at the beach bathed by the light of an exoctic, full moon.

It was awesome.

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We were at the prejudging for Best in Swimwear and Ms Photogenic in the Search for Ms Tacloban 2010 held at the Caluwayan Palm Island Beach Resort in Marabut, Leyte.

Joyce June L. Viojan (Candidate No. 1); Keena May Anne C. Sumido (No. 2)

Hanna Marie S. Estola (No. 3); Ann Nicolae M. Mercado (No. 4)

Ivy A. Severson (No. 5); Grace L. Ganzon (No. 6)

Arrianne May P. Briones (No. 7); Blezel B. Bajamonde (No. 8 )

Jennylyne S. Torcino (No. 9); Robel C. Pedere (No. 10)

Maricor D. Abenio (No. 11); Genie P. Tiu (No. 12)

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