Pintados-Kasadyaan festival tradition lives on
By Philippine Information
Agency (PIA 8)
June 7, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY – Buy your airline tickets and book your hotel rooms
as it is now official - the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival tradition will
once again be in the limelight on June 27 despite all odds and
deliberate moves to prevent its re-staging this year.
Palo Mayor Remedios “Matin” L. Petilla, chairperson of the
Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival and Mrs. Evelina Acebedo, vice-president
of the Pintados Foundation made the pronouncement at a press
conference moderated by PIA Region 8 Director Olive P. Tiu on June 6
at the Gazebo of the RTR Plaza.
Ten Kasadyaan contingents and ten Pintados tribes, Mardi gras groups
and merry makers are set to participate in the grand
Pintados-Kasadyaan festival, the largest, grandest and most colorful
festival not only in the province of Leyte but in the entire Eastern
The union of the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival caught the eyes of the
national festival connoisseurs as it bagged the Best Tourism Practice
Award – Festival Category (provincial level) during the 2010
Association of Tourism Officers (ATOP) National Convention held in
The year 2012 marks the 17th year of the joint celebration of the
Kasadyaan Festival and the 26th year of the Pintados Festival which is
the oldest festival in Region 8.
As in last year’s staging, no street dance parade will be conducted as
the City Government did not give permit despite request as early as
Mayor Petilla gave the assurance, however, that this year’s
Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals will be as grand if not more
grand as ever with the tribes and the contingents showcasing the rich
history and culture of the Visayans through their world-class
performance at the Leyte Sports Complex (formerly known as
In lieu of the street dance parade, the contingents will hold mardi
gras to celebrate and pay homage to Senior Santo Niño, the Patron of
Leyte, Mayor Petilla said.
There will be nightly activities at the RTR Plaza starting June 8
while trade fairs, pet shows, garden shows and water sports activities
will also be conducted. Also included in the activities is the holding
of the search for Mutya ng Kasadyaan and Ms Pintados.
The first Pintados Festival on June 29, 1987 was in memory of the
first inhabitants of the Visayas called “Pintados” whose art of body
painting amazed the Spaniards. The Visayan men had their bodies
tattooed from ankles up to their upper torso and the neck. The braver
ones even extended their tattoo marks up to their cheeks, around their
eyes and forehead.
The Festival is a brainchild of a group of pro-active businessmen in
the city who saw the need to organize a big relevant event that would
set a joyful mood as a fitting homage to the Patron of Tacloban, Senor
As the late Board Member Roque Tiu, the founding president used to
quip, the Pintados Festival will not have reached its 26th year if the
Taclobanons and the entire people of Region 8 did not accept and
welcomed the celebration of the Pintados Festival on June 29, 1987.
With then Parish Priest of Tacloban now bishop of Naval, Msgr.
Filomeno Bactol as chairman, Atty. Roque A. Tiu as the President, OIC
Mayor Butch Veloso as the honorary chairman, Manager Shane Lim of
Tacloban Coca-Cola Plant, Manager Rommel Gonzales of the Philippine
Airlines, Manager Mon Torralba of San Miguel Corporation, Mr. William
Chan, Mrs. Evelina Acevedo of the Katolinan Dance Company, among
others, formed the Pintados Foundation, Inc.
This group made a thorough research with the help of the experts in
the culture and the arts, and finally came up with the Festival that
kindles appreciation for the Eastern Visayan culture.
The Pintados Festival showcases the ancient practice of body painting
and shows how the Visayan ancestors came to accept Christianity and
develop great love for Santo Nino.
After 26 years, the Pintados Festival evolved to be one of the
landmark events in the province of Leyte drawing Visayans from all
over the world to come home just to be part of the annual festivities.
It is now celebrated jointly with the Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals,
making the celebration of the feast of the Santo Niño, an event the
people of Leyte and the entire Region 8, can truly be proud of.
On the other hand, the Kasadyaan Festival was first staged in 1996 as
project of the Eastern Visayas Regional Tourism Council through the
inspiring leadership of then Governor, former Congresswoman of the
First District of Leyte, now Mayor of Palo, Leyte Hon. Remedios L.
official of a winning contingent some years back said, it is not the
winning that matters but the privilege to be part of the huge group of
people who united and bounded themselves together despite all odds, to
continue paying special homage and tribute to the Senior Santo Niño,
the Patron of the Province of Leyte.