2016 Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival: 10 Groups in Showdown

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Sanggutan Festival

Celebrate with the people of Tacloban and Leyte through their month-long festivity of two merged fiestas of Tacloban City’s Pintados Festival and Leyte Province’s Kasadyaan Festival.

SCHEDULE 2016: Pintados-Kasadyaan: A Festival that Unites the People of Leyte

In remembrance of the first inhabitants of Visayas called “pintados,” the first Pintados Festival was held on June 29, 1987. The Pintados are men known for their body-tattoos as mark of bravery and identity. While kasadyaan means “merriment” in Visayan dialect, the first “Leyte Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals” was introduced by the government of Leyte in 1996. The two celebrations were later merged into the grand “Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival.”

This year’s Pintados-Kasadyaan included a showdown among participants composed of 9 contigents from Tacloban City and one guess contingent from Samar.

Guest Contingent: Manaragat Festival of Catbalogan, Samar

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Manaragat Festival

Kasadyaan Second Runner-up: Buyogan Festival of Abuyog, Leyte

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Buyogan Festival

Buyogan Festival also won Best in Costume. The group was the 2015 Champion.

Kasadyaan First Runner-up: Tulo-usa Festival of Tolosa, Leyte

Kasadyaan Champion: Sanggutan Festival of Barugo, Leyte

Congratulations to all the winners of the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals 2016!

(All photos of Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival 2016 courtesy of Ms. Karen Tiopes | DOT Eastern Visayas)

How to Get There


From Manila, you can easily fly to “The Gateway to Eastern Visayas,” Tacloban, as all major airlines service the city. (Estimated cost: Php 2,700++, round trip, 1 hour and 15 minutes).

By ferry, it will take approximately 36 hours. And it will take almost a day if by bus.

VIEW: See what to bring home from Visayas with the Choose Philippines Pasalubong Guide:

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