If Cebu City has its Sinulog, the local version of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras, Aklan its Ati-Atihan, Iloilo its Dinagyang, Bacolod its Maskara, Tacloban City has its Pintados.
The street-dancing parade comes during the fiesta celebration of the places mentioned.
But wait, Pintados has been outlawed by the city government. In its place, Mayor Alfred Romualdez has come up with Sinagyaw, which has practically the same motif as Pintados.
The reason is political.
Pintados, which started 25 years ago, was organized by the Leyte provincial government headed by Gov. Jericho Petilla, Romualdez’s arch political enemy.
On Monday, Mayor Romualdez, disobeying a court order, blocked the path of the Pintados parade with dump trucks of the city government.
Romualdez, the nephew of former first lady and now Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos, said the judge who issued the temporary restraining order against the city ordinance banning Pintados was biased.
The mayor claimed that Judge Salvador Y. Apurillo is a special friend of former governor and now Mayor Remedios “Matin” Petilla of Palo, a town adjacent to Tacloban.
Matin Petilla is the mother of the current governor, Jericho Petilla.
How could Alfred Romualdez stoop that low?
Although the Petillas are taking the personal insult with a grin-and-bear-it attitude, some of their followers are digging up the past of the mayor’s wife, former actress Cristina “Kring-Kring” Gonzalez.
“Well, at least, our former lady governor was not a Brunei beauty,” said a Petilla follower in reference to Filipino women who were hired for fabulous sums years ago to “entertain” during parties held by Brunei monarch Sultan Bolkiah.
There is a saying that when you live in a glass house, you don’t throw stones at your neighbor’s house.
I’m not siding with anybody—the Romualdezes or the Petillas—but why don’t they unite even for just a few days in celebration of the feast of the Sto. Niño, the city’s patron saint?
Street dancing and other activities precede the fiesta on June 30.
Why don’t the Romualdezes and Petillas merge the Pintados and Sinagyaw parades into a single festival so that everybody is happy?
Why doesn’t the local Catholic Church clergy intervene and have the warring parties smoke the peace pipe, at least for the duration of the religious feast?
I’m also faulting the local media for making the Romualdez and Petilla families quarrel like fighting cocks.
If these feuding families still want separate parades for Pintados and Sinagyaw, they can hold them on separate days.
And why did Mayor Romualdez ban Pintados, which has preceded Sinagyaw by 23 years?
Sinagyaw was born only two years ago upon the mayor’s order.
Why doesn’t Romualdez practice charity toward his enemy by allowing the Pintados parade in the city?
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Tacloban City is very close to my heart because that’s where I finished my high school education.
It’s a pity that the city I love so much is wracked by petty politics and juvenile-minded politicians.
People in the city of Waray—which natives in Leyte and Samar are called—are very warm and hospitable; in fact, hospitable to a fault.
During fiestas, Warays invite strangers to their houses to partake of the food they prepare. They even allow complete strangers to sleep in their house.
To refuse an invitation from a Waray to eat food at his table during a fiesta is considered a personal affront.
Photos by Gerry Ruiz
First Posted 07:54:00 06/26/2011
Last Updated 09:20:00 06/27/2011
A 23-year-old Tourism student of ABE International Business College Shenna Obispo Hernandez was crowned Miss Tacloban 2011 last night at Tacloban Astrodome.
Ms. Tacloban 2011 Shienna Hernandez and her court (from left): Jhuneva Marie Go (4th Runner-up), April Joy Dy (1st Runner-up), Jyca Therese V. Mancao (2nd Runner-up) and Jane Bayona (3rd Runner-up) Photo by Gerry Ruiz
Hernandez received a total cash prize of 50,000 from the city government, jewelries from Diamond and Jewelry pawnshop worth 15,000, Ever Bilena giftpack, Human Nature and from M.Lhuillier.
Photo by Tadz Baillo
She is the daughter of former Biliran Provincial Administrator Avelino S. Hernandez and Grace Obispo.
By Charisse Ursal
With a report and photos Cherry Ann Mocorro-Parilla
Videos by Ghavi Anasco
First Posted 00:00:00 05/11/2011
Last Updated 06:33:00 05/17/2011
What makes Biliranons different? They don’t just shine; they outshine.
Representatives from the towns of Naval and Caibiran, Ms. Keena Mary Anne Sumido and Mr. Ulyses Maderazo, stood out from the rest as they were crowned as Mr. and Ms. Biliran 2011, respectively, at the NSU Gymnasium last May 10.
Gov. Gerardo J. Espina, Jr. crowns Keena Mary Anne Sumido, Miss Biliran Tourism 2011. Assisting him is Naval Mayor Susan V. Parilla.
Hundreds of expectators crammed the gymnasium and witnessed the alluring event as the candidates from Naval, Caibiran, Cabucgayan, Maripipi, Kawayan, Almeria, Culaba and Biliran showcased a package of wit, glam and beauty.
Ms. Sheena Marie Lanugan of Almeria was crowned as Ms. Biliran 1st runner-up, while Ms. Lormelyn Genoguin of Cabucgayan was hailed as the 2nd runner-up.
In the parallel contest, Mr. Mat William Po of Maripipi was hailed as Mr. Biliran 1st runner-up, followed by Mr. Carlo A. Carloman of Naval as the 2nd runner-up .
Other special awards included:
Best in Production – Ms. Arianne May Briones (Maripipi); Mr. Maderazo (Caibiran)
Best in Casual wear – Ms. Lanugan (Almeria); Mr. Maderazo (Caibiran)
Best in Talent – Ms. Sumido (Naval); Mr. Mark Philip S. Besoyo (Almeria)
Ms. Photogenic – Ms. Cristine Javines (Kawayan)
Mr. Photogenic – Mr. Po (Maripipi)
Best in Swimwear – Ms. Sumido (Naval); Mr. Po (Maripipi)
Best in Gown – Ms. Sumido (Naval)
Formal wear – Mr. Po (Maripipi)
Miss Biliran 2011 – Ms. Keena Mary Anne Sumido
With Miss Biliran’s final question “Which quality of women give them an edge over men?”, Ms. Sumido, the newly-crowned Miss Biliran 2011 bested among the others as she answered:
“As a woman, our edge among men is that we are character builders. We look upon every woman as a model of patience, strength, courage and spirituality which is really essential towards attainting the progress that we are all aspiring for.”
Ms. Sumido is 16 years old. She just graduated from high school at the Naval State University and will be taking up BS Tourism at Lyceum of the Philippines University.
On the other hand, Mr. Biliran’s final question, stated: “What is the biggest challenge to young people today?”
Mr. Maderazo’s response: “The greatest challenge of the youth today is to fulfill his goals and dreams.”
Mr. Biliran 2011. Mr. Ulyses Maderazo
Mr. Maderazo is 19 years old, a junior student of Leyte Normal University.
Both winners were rewarded with cold cash amounting to P 10,000, while the 1st runners-up received P 7,000 each, and the 2nd runners-up had P 5,000 each.
The success of the pageant marked another year for the founding anniversary of the province of Biliran, in the same way as it carved an image of pleasantry and gaiety to the Biliranons.
Photos by Kenskie
By BiliranIsland.com Staff
First Posted 01:21:00 11/26/2010
Last Updated 11:03:00 11/26/2010
Mr. and Miss Biliran EVRAA 2010 winners
Mr. Biliran EVRAA 2010 Fil Vincent Sandigan (NSU)
1st Runner-Up Kenneth Shane M. Cuevas (CNVS)
2nd Runner-Up Sheldon Acero (NNHS)
Miss Biliran EVRAA 2010 Marie Gabrielle G. Francisco (NSU)
1st Runner-Up Elen Joyce Nartia (NSF)
2nd Runner-Up Camille Brown (CSN)
Mr. Biliran EVRAA 2010 Special Awards:
Formal Wear: Sheldon Acero (Naval North District)
Mr. Talent: Kenneth Shane M. Cuevas (CNVS)
Mr. Photogenic: Sheldon Acero (NNHS)
Best in Production Number: Sheldon Acero (Naval North District)
Best in Sportswear: Fil Vincent Sandigan (NSU-LHS)
Miss Biliran EVRAA 2010 Special Awards:
Evening Gown; Camille Brown (CSN)
Ms. Talent: Marie Gabriel Francisco (NSU)
Ms. Photogenic: Elen Joyce Nartia (NSF)
Best in Production Number: Marie Gabrielle Francisco (NSU-LHS)
Best in Sportswear: Camille Brown (CSN)