Sangyaw Festival is a religious and socio-cultural event in the Philippines. It was revived in 2008 by the city government of Tacloban, Philippines. Sangyaw means "to herald news" in Waray language. Various festival-participants from different parts of the country participate in this tribal procession. It was held a day before the city fiesta. The festival was first held in 1974 but was cancelled in 1987.
2012 Schedule of Activities:
June 12: Musika Insperacion (Robinsons Place Tacloban)
June 15-16: 3rd Alfred Romualdez Golf Tournament (San Juanico Golf and Country Club)
June 16: National Open Body Building Contest (Robinsons Place Tacloban)
June 18: Pre-Balyuan Rites (Basey, Samar)
June 19: Pasangyaw (Balyuan, Amphitheater)
June 20: Balyuan Rites (Balyuan, Amphitheater)
June 25: Ms. Tacloban - The Pageant
June 29: Sangyaw Grand Parade
June 30: Tacloban City Fiesta
*Please note that schedule may subject to change without prior notice. Please contact the City Tourism at Balyuan for the full details.
Sangyaw in the local dialect (Eastern Visayas) means "proclamation" or "popular". The world in its truest sense means "a region and a people's testament of their self-identities and their vitality. The intangible factors like pride in their homeland, their intense spirituality, their zest for life, their sense of pride and dignity, their love for freedom, their scale of values and their awareness of the past-are their most single important resource in their journey towards the future. " (Mrs. Imelda R. Marcos, Introduction: Sangyaw: The Land and the People of Samar and Leyte)
How to Get There
From Manila, you can fly to "The Gateway to Eastern Visayas" -- Tacloban (estimated cost Php2,700++, round trip, 1 hour 15 minutes).