Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival: Celebrating Unity in Tacloban and Leyte


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Belle Piccio | Jun 30, 2015
Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival: Celebrating Unity in Tacloban and Leyte

Pintados-Kasadyaan is two merged festivals from two different provinces:

  • Pintados Festival of Tacloban
  • Kasadyaan Festival of Leyte Province

It is the “festival of festivals” of Leyte honoring Sr. Santo Niño. The festival is a blend of cultural heritage, music and dance. Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival is a month-long celebration. Event highlights is during the feast day of Sr. Santo Niño, June 29.

“Pintados” refer to a group of tattooed men and women while “Kasadyaan” is a Visayan word which means “merriment.” 

The festival serves to unite the people of Leyte.

Here’s the list of the Pintados-Kasadyaan contingents that performed and won this 2015. Congratulations!



Congratulations to the Grand Champion of Kasadyaan Festival 2015, the Buyogan Festival of Abuyog from Leyte! 

Buyogan Festival is the defending champion and also won this year’s Best in Costume. “Buyog” is the local term for “bees.” The festival focuses on bees or “buyog” where the town’s name was derived from.


First Runner-up

Lingganay Festival of Alang-alang, Leyte is second place and brought home the Best in Festival Music.

Lingganay Festival is celebrated every June 19. It is a weeklong celebration with different activities and performances.  Lingganay is the Waray word of “bell.” The street dance is one of the highlights of festival which depicts the mythical story of the municipality’s golden bells.


Second Runner-up

Third place goes to Sanggutan Festival of Barugo, Leyte.

The festival honors the traditional way of making “tuba” or coconut wine. It is a dance celebration of “managgetes” every May 18.


Third Runner-up

Mayaw-mayaw Festival of Pinabacdao, Samar is in fourth place. The group also won the Best in Streetdance. The festival is known for its lively beat of drums. It is an ethnic festival celebrated every May 10. 


Fourth Runner-up

Tolo-usa Festival of Tolosa, Leyte is fifth place and was also given the Loyalty Award.


Fifth Runner-up

Sadukan Festival of Montiong, Samar is in sixth place.


(All photos by Rolan Garcia.)

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