TANAUAN, Leyte- The mayor of this town want to propagate their local cultural festival for better understanding of the residents.
Mayor Pelagio Tecson, Jr., said that he want his people to be more aware and conscious of their own culture reason why he want to push their own festival, dubbed as Pasaka Festival, within the town.
The Pasaka Festival, now on its 25th year, was conceptualized during the administration of mayor Roque Tiu and his wife Olive, depicting the town’s culture showing Tanauan’s main sources of livelihood, namely, farming, weaving, fishing and pottery.
It is held a day before the August 15 annual town fiesta.
For this year’s edition, seven contingents from various elementary and secondary schools of the town joined the festival.
In elementary division, Tanauan District 1 bagged was declared as champions winning P15,000 and also won 1st runner-up for the festival float category.
The Tanauan District 2 bagged the 2nd place and won P10,000.
For secondary division, Tanauan School for Craftsmanship and Home Industry (TSCHI) was declared as champion and won P30,000.
TSCHI also bagged best in choreography, musicality, costume, street dancing and float.
Tanauan National High School was named as 1st place and won P15,000 while Tanauan School for Arts and Trade bagged 2nd place and won P10,000.
Isabela Balboa, lead dancer of Assumption Academy was the first Pasaka Festival Queen.
Tourism Regional Director Karina Rosa Tiopes, who served as the chairman of the board of judges in this year’s festival, said that this year’s presentation was better and the performance of the contingents were comparable to contingents joining the province-wide Kasadyaan Festival. (ROEL T. AMAZONA)