By Marie Tonette Marticio
TACLOBAN City – Torrential rains did not keep Taclobanons and visitors from witnessing 22 colorful illuminated floats and dance contingents during the Sangyaw Parade of Lights along the major thoroughfares in this city.
Henry James Roca of the City Information Officer said each float had its individual design interpreting this year’s festival theme: “Happiest Fiesta,” while the competing dance groups, also wearing lighted costumes, were composed of 60 to 100 dancers.
The Tribu Maglalara of Basey, Samar was declared as Best Dance Contingent winning P500 thousand; Tribu Sinanjose of San Jose Central School won second place with P300 thousand and Manarabo Festival of Hinabangan, Western Samar won third place taking home P200 thousand.
The “Finding Sto. Niño de Tacloban Float’” (Angelicum Learning Center) won as the Best Float with a P500,000-cash prize. “Fiesta Bayanihan” of Barangay 42, Quarry won second place and was awarded P300,000, while “Fluvial Procession in Kankabatok” of Barangay Barangay 49, Hillside, Youngfield won third place, and the corresponding P200,000-cash prize.
Special Awards winner were the Tribu Nagkaurisa as the Festival Queen; Tribu Sinanjose (San Jose Central School) for Best in Costume; and Tribu Mandaragat (Brgy. 2 Jones) won Best in Street Dance. Taebo Jammers Association of Tacloban also won Best Merrymaker.
Best Festival Queen and Best Costume Winners brought home P10,000, while the Best Street Dance Awardee received P20,000.
Sangyaw Festival is one of the two main festivals in Tacloban City spearheaded by the city government that was revived by Mayor Alfred Romualdez in 2008.