gears for Sinulog fete in January
Media Relations Center
December 14, 2011
TACLOBAN CITY – The Lingganay Festival of Alangalang, Leyte was recently given a P700,000
financial assistance from the provincial government of Leyte as it
vies, for the first time in the nationally acclaimed Sinulog Festival
in Cebu City this January.
According to Leyte
Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla, this is one of the province’s
commitment to support and maintain Leyte’s cultural heritage by
engaging local festivals in national festival competitions as
colourful and prestigious as the Sinulog Festival.
Gov. Petilla said
maintaining a contingent to be fielded in various festival
competitions around the country is no joke, considering the
preparation – both physically and financially just to be able to
“I am sure it’s no
easy task for the Lingganay as they will be bringing the name of the
province as it competes in January,” Gov. Petilla said.
However, he added,
competitions such as the Sinulog is a big opportunity to promote the
town – its cultural richness as well as its economic viability.
Mayor Loreto Yu lauded the governor for his unending support to make
the various festivals in Leyte grow and flourish on its own.
He reported that
already, the Lingganay contingent are deep in practice even as the
Christmas seasons begin this December, to fully prepare for the
The Sinulog Festival
is held every third Sunday of January. In 2011, Abuyog’s Buyogan
Festival earned the second place to Placer,
Masbate’s grand champion spot.
Festival was the grand champion in the 2011 Pintados-Kasadyaan
Festival of Festivals and, together with second placer Karatong
Festival of Dulag, earned the rights to represent the province in the
Sinulog as well as the Aliwan Fiesta in Manila during the summer next
For the 2012 Sinulog,
festival organizers are also expecting contingents from Masbate,
Negros Oriental, Tacloban City, Dulag and Alang-alang in Leyte and
Eastern Samar; while, contingents from Mindanao, Tangub City,
Zamboanga Del Norte, Cotabato and Lanao del Norte have also signified
P1million cash prize awaits the grand champion in the 2012 Sinulog