By Roy Moraleta I Published: June 27, 2020
For the first time in the last 25 years, Tacloban City misses today, June 27, the grand and elaborate street festivities, Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals.
That’s it! No grand street parade and dancing. No elaborate and colorful costumes! Nothing on June 29, when famed parade of lights, that has drawn local folk and tourists alike, was supposed to be held.
The world-renowned Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals of Tacloban City was expected to be a grander celebration as this year is its Silver Year today.
This was embodied in a resolution signed by Leyte Gov. Dominic Petilla.
Minimum Health Standards
Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals Chairperson Remedios “Matin” Petilla announced that the suspension was due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Looking forward, the celebrations will probably be grander next year at the 26th Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals. This was a decision members of the festival executive committee came up with as early as May 14 and recommended to the governor.
Matin Petilla also said the cancellation of this year’s fest was in consideration of the continuing enforcement of the minimum health standards imposed by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for COVID 19.
In the IATF guidelines, public gatherings in barangays, towns and component cities which draws large crowds of people such as celebrations of fiestas and festivities, cockfighting, barangay assemblies, town or city fiestas, reunions, trade fairs, carnivals, balikbayan affairs, concerts, funds raising events, and other public events, in the meantime, are strictly prohibited.
In a recent statement, Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez expressed compliance in observing the health and safety protocols in order to prevent local transmission of COVID-19 in the city.