Human and truck barricade stop the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival parade along Real St., Tacloban City. Photo by Wen Ruiz Soledad.

The Tacloban Fiesta is finally over leaving everyone with mixed feelings about the various activities held during the last few days of the month of June (Tacloban Fiesta is June 29 & 30 but fiesta activities start as early on the 2nd week of June till the 1st week of July.)

Foremost in the minds of most was the boo-boo last June 27, 2011 when the City government barricaded and blocked this year’s Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival parade from proceeding along its traditional route around the city. They were implementing a traffic ordinance, city officials say, despite a TRO issued by the court on the implementation of the new Sangyaw ordinance making Sangyaw as the only official festival for the Tacloban Fiesta celebration. The Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival – having been around for some 25 years and enjoyed by many for so long a time – was, in effect, “banned.” But not without a collective show of disappointment and protest by many Taclobanons and guests alike.

It’s always risky business when you try to legislate tradition, I said. The common wish of all for next year is for a unified, harmonious celebration of the Tacloban Fiesta honoring Sto. Ñiño and letting be existing traditional fiesta festivals, sans all political innuendoes. Or a joint, super extravaganza fiesta festival, why not? But this could be plain wishful thinking, I’m afraid, unless real change happens in the minds of city officials and they’re able rise above personal pride and parochial ways of thinking.

Not to forget: at the end of that day, general Public Interest and value of the Greater Good were thrown out of the window leaving fiesta revelers holding on to a repugnant end of the deal. Tsk tsk tsk. Talk about service to the people!

Photos courtesy of Wen Ruiz Soledad

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The candidates in the Search for Ms. Tacloban 2011 were formally introduced to the media and the public yesterday, June 06, 2011 at Baluarte Beach Resort during the prejudging selection for the Best in Swimwear and the Ms Photogenic awards where yours truly was one of the judges.

The aspirants:

No. 1,  Ms. STEFANIE U. LAURENTE
18 years old, 5′ 4″
Leyte Normal University (LNU)

No. 2, Ms. CHRISTINE GRACE J. ALMADEN
16 YEARS OLD, 5′ 6″
Liceo Del Verbo Divino (LVD)

No. 3, Ms. JOY WINSTEL T. BRIONES
22 years old, 5′ 4″
Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Medical Foundation (RTRMF)

No. 4, Ms. MARY ELIZABETH O. LACANDAZO
16 years old, 5′ 7″
Leyte Normal University (LNU)

No. 5, Ms. KAILLE ALYNA G. TAN
16 years old, 5′ 7″
Holy Infant College (HIC)

No. 6, Ms. RICHELLE JANE C. BAYONA
21 years old, 5′ 3″
AMA Computer Learning College (ACLC)

No. 7, Ms. AIREEN A. GONZAGA
20 years old, 5′ 4″
Colegio de La Salle Foundation (CLSF)

No. 8, Ms. MA. CRUZETTE S. MAGALLANES
19 years old, 5′ 4″
Leyte Normal University (LNU)

No. 9, Ms. JYCA THERESE V. MANCAO
17 years old, 5′ 6″
Leyte Normal University (LNU)

No. 10, Ms. MAURINE HOPE C. NAVARRA
18 years, 5′ 4″
AMA Computer Learning College (ACLC)

No. 11, Ms. SHENNA O. HERNANDEZ
23 years old, 5 ’4″
ABE International College of Business and Accountancy (ABE-ICBA)

No. 12, Ms. CRISANTA B. RIVERA
18 years old, 5′ 4″
ABE International College of Business & Accountancy (ABE-ICBA)

No. 13, Ms. JHUNEVA MARIE M. GO
18 years old, 5′ 6″
University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban City College (UPVTC)

No. 14, Ms. APRIL JOY C. DY
18 years old, 5′ 4″
St. Paul School of Business and Law (SPSBL)

No. 15, Ms. MENCHIE A. NACARIO
16 years old, 5′ 5″
Asian Development Foundation College (ADFC)

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