TACLOBAN CITY Mayor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez has invited the public for a month-long fiesta celebration in honor of the city’s patron saint, Señor Santo Niño de Tacloban.

In line of its new tourism campaign brand “Tacloban: Home of the Happiest People in the World,” the city government kicked off this year’s various daily fiesta activities like Sangyaw main event, cultural night, Sangyaw sports, and Sangyawan musical festival.

Some of the highlights include the 65th Charter Day celebration at Plaza Rizal on June 12; Pre-Balyuan Rites and the Balyuan Rites at Balyuan Grounds on June 18 and 20; Miss Tacloban 2018 pageant on June 22 at the Tacloban Convention Center; Sangyaw Queen competition on June 24 at Robinson’s North Abucay; and “Ginoong Sangyaw 2018” on June 25 at Robinsons North in Abucay.

On June 26, the city will recognize its local personalities who have excelled in their respective fields through the Sangyaw Awards while June 27 will be for the city’s balikbayan night.

On June 29, the city will have its one of the most exciting fiesta events called Sangyaw Festival of Lights through a parade around the city’s main thoroughfares. A pontifical Mass will be held on June 30.

For its cultural night, the city will its hold cultural presentations starting June 15 to 28 at Plaza Rizal, featuring groups like Samleyaw Dance Company; STEFTI Dance Troupe, Leyte Dance Theater, and the UP Madrigals. Another social nights are set for Leyte Normal University and other colleges, universities, and government line agencies in Tacloban.

Since June 9, the city also started its sports fest like 6th Sangyaw Frisbee Competition and National Darts Competition on June 8 to 10 and Sangyaw Mini X Games competition and Battle of Kankabato: 1st Sangyaw Airsoft Tournament on June 9 to 10.

While the 2018 Jet Ski Tacloban Race will happen on June 15 to 16 at Balyuan area; 1st Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez Regional Chess Tournament on June 16 to 17 at Robinson’s North; 2nd Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez Pedicab Race on June 17 at Kanhuraw Hill Grounds and Magsaysay boulevard area; and the 2nd Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez Cup, National Sepak Takraw Tournament 2018 on June 21 to 24 at the City Engineering office gymnasium and Robinson’s North.

The 10th Mayor Cristina Cancabato Bay Fishermen’s sports competition is set on June 22 at Balyuan Grounds while the Sangyaw Adventure Race will be on June 23 to 24 around the city.

Also, on June 28 is Mr. Sanyaw Tacloban 2018, a national bodybuilding competition, at Robinsons North.

Local and national bands will also take center stage during this year’s Sangyawan Music Festival at Balyuan grounds.

Some of the known local bands to perform are True Signs, Less Tunes, Reggae Rebels, Sammoan, Succubus, Grey, Yufanik Chemistry, Little Haidee, MCI Acoustic, The Girls, Rondayan, NRS, Grey, Project x, Isotones, Powerpopcorn, LSR/PSP, Hushthugs, BTW, Street Jams, Yssabelle, Trianggulo, WKL, Anteepara, Lingerie, Rootgrass, The Millenials, Stacato, Rex Makabenta, Bjean, Karen & Jhon, Trios, Tons of Tones, Route 99, Rendezvous, Soundbox, Replica, Princess Fiona, Bluestrings, Redemption, Triosa, Zonic fumes, curve sign, G.A.S, Mad Clown, Aurora, 21st anniversary and Guli-at kankabato bands and visual.

While the Manila-based bands include Siakol, Rogue, Wolfgang, Baste Artadi, Shamrock, Tanya Markova, Ipots, Franco, Itchyworms, Better days, Ex-Batallion, Day break, Mayonaise, Kjwan, Sofia Romualdez, Cueshe, Mulatto Band, Freestyle. A battle of the bands is also set on June 30.