The first 2 days of December found us in Palompon, Leyte (again), no, not for another trip to their famed Kalanggaman Island (although, frankly, we would have loved it) nor for another kayaking stint.

This time it was for Palompon’s annual fiesta celebration with the inaugural launch of the municipality’s 1st Lawig Festival 2011 in honor of their patron saint, St. Francisco Javier.

The Lawig Festival name takes its foundation from the Bisayan word, “Lawig” – meaning, “to sail on” – which its founders and organizers envision to crystalize the Palomponganon’s relentless optimism, courage and fighting spirit in facing life’s challenges and opportunities for growth.

Organized and spearheaded by the Local Government Unit of Palompon, the 1st Lawig Festival was held December 02, 2011 and saw the participation of 12 colorful contingents, all from within its municipal jurisdiction.

Dancing to the tribal beat of their respective drum and bugle corps, the festival streetdancing parade promptly started at 7:00AM and snaked its way around town ending up at the wharf area where the final showdown competition was held.

Adjudged winners were:

Champion: Taberna National High School

2nd Place: Palompon Institute of Technology

3rd Place: LGU Palompon Contingent

Congratulations to everyone for the successful holding of the 1st Lawig Festival!

Above, 3rd placer LGU Lawig contingent

2nd Place: Palompon Institute of Technology

The Champions – Taberna National High School

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The municipality of Abuyog, Leyte held it’s colorful Buyogan Festival 2010 last August 27 – one of the major highlights of its annual fiesta celebration.

It’s from among the participants in the town’s festival where the best dancers and other performers are chosen to be members of the prestigious and multi-awardee Buyogan Festival contingent – a perennial champion at the Leyte’s Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals, Cebu’s Sinulog Festival and the national Aliwan Festival.

Here’s where it all begins, at the municipal level, where the different elementary and high school contingents compete with each other…

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For those waiting for photos taken of the Tacloban Sangyaw Festival 2010, here they are finally!

The Tacloban Sangyaw Festival, 29 June 2010:

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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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