Following the exhilarating and magnificent fluvial procession, the El Capitan is brought back to the Sto. Niño Parish Church via a procession around Tacloban’s major thoroughfares.

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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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I am a full-blooded Taclobanon but all my life I have never witnessed with my own eyes the Tacloban  Sto. Niño Fluvial Procession.

This happens in the afternoon of the Feast Day of Sto. Niño – the Tacloban Fiesta katungtungan on the 30th of June.

Around 1:00PM, El Capitan is brought down from his throne at the retablo of the Sto. Niño Parish Church in preparation for the fluvial parade.

After a brief  final once-over of the image and photo-taking for documentation purposes, El Capitan is swiftly taken out of the church and mounted on a pedestal of a pick-up truck then briskly brought by a motorcade to the Tacloban Port Area. There the image is placed on a higher pedestal on board Boat No. 1, the lead boat of the fluvial procession.

The flotilla is joined by other watercraft of all kinds and sizes, from small motorized bancas and large commercial fishing boats to jet skis and speedboats.

With the El Capitan leading the procession, the flotilla headed first towards San Juanico Bridge, went under it then circled around heading towards Tacloban City proper, then on to Cancabato Bay and around it, then back to the Tacloban Port.

It was a totally exhilarating personal experience for me, to say the least.

Simply awesome.

For those Taclobanons and other Warays who have never witnessed this Tacloban Fiesta traditional procession in the sea, I hope the photos here convey the drama and magnificence of the event.

El Capitan rocks! :)

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For close to four hours yesterday, Tacloban Fiesta Day June 30, 2010, unknowing church goers find a bare altar at the Sto. Niño Parish Church with the Child Jesus image conspicuously missing.

The El Capitan leaves its pedestal as it goes on a fluvial and land procession.

The bare retablo with a “missing” Sto. Niño happens only once a year, briefly for a few hours.

It is a rare sight.

El Capitan is brought down from his throne up in the retablo, in preparation for the fluvial and land procession.

The original, the one and only, miraculous image of the Tacloban Sto. Niño – El Capitan, resplendent in his diamond-studded crown (one of three crowns) which he gets to wear only on very special occasions. The crowns are kept in a bank vault most of the time and are only used on these rare occasions.

The ivory face of the image visibly shows again the minute cracks which were repaired a couple of years back.

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