Lingganay Festival wins ritual dance tilt

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

LINGGANAY Festival of Alangalang town in Leyte province won grand champion in this year’s Kasadyaan Festival ritual dance category.

Lingganay is a pageant depicting the legendary and mythical story of the bells.

The group received P500,000 cash prize and will vie in the annual Aliwan Fiesta, the country’s premiere festival competition during summer.


Karatong Festival of Dulag town, Leyte won second place. The Dulag contingent brought with them karatongs, a percussion instrument made out of bamboos that serves as signaling device by the natives of the town at the height of Moro raids. Karatong Festival also bagged the Best in Festival Music.

Pamilipig Festival of Sta. Fe, Leyte, a portrayal of the old tradition of making pilipig after rice harvest, placed third.

Runners-up in the Kasadyaan category were Viajedores Festival of La Paz, Leyte; Tulo-usa Festival of Tolosa, Leyte; Batobalani Festival of Bato, Leyte; Lubi-lubi Festival of Calubian, Leyte; Tamyuk Festival of Tunga, Leyte; Tambula Festival of Babatngon, Leyte; and Lantawan Festival of Capoocan, Leyte.

In the Pindados-based category, Tribu Mangirisda bagged first place.

Tribu Kasarakyan and Tribu Bangkawanon, placed second and third respectively.

The Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals is a merry-making event highlighting the Leyte Kasadyaan Festivals, the Pintados Festival Ritual Dance Presentation and the grand parade. These festivals are said to have began from the feast day of Senior Santo Niño.

The Pintados Festival displays the rich cultural heritage, incorporating native music and dances, of the people of Leyte and Samar.

The Leyte Kasadya-an Festival of Festivals, meanwhile, showcases the unique culture and colorful history of the Province of Leyte. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

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