Traditions Hindered by Politics?
Cover Story

Traditions Hindered by Politics?

Jul 1, 2024, 11:55 PM
Miguel Raymundo

Miguel Raymundo


Despite political turmoil, tradition and festivities should remain a unifying force for the region's residents.

As the sun sets over the city, the streets of Tacloban come alive with vibrant colors, music, and laughter.

This is the time of year when two of the region's most beloved festivals, Pintados Kasadyaan and Sangyaw, take center stage.

But amidst the revelry and joy, the question remains: what is the essence and importance of these festivals to the people of Region 8, and how can local politics not hijack their true spirit?

Nature’s Blessings

Pintados Kasadyaan, a celebration of bravery and sacrifice, honors the region's ancestors who fought against foreign invaders in the 16th century.

The festival is marked by intricate body painting and traditional dances that showcase the bravery and skill of the local warriors.

Meanwhile, Sangyaw is a celebration of thanksgiving and gratitude for the blessings received from nature. It is a time for locals to come together and give thanks for the harvest season.

These festivals are not just mere spectacles; they are deeply rooted in the cultural heritage and identity of Region 8.

They serve as a reminder of the region's rich history and its people's resilience in the face of adversity.

For many residents, these festivals are an opportunity to connect with their ancestors and pay homage to their struggles.

However, despite their significance, local politics has affected these festivals.

Authentic Meaning

In recent years, allegations of politicking have marred the celebrations, with some politicians using the festivals as a platform to allegedly promote their own interests rather than preserve their cultural value.

This has led to concerns that these events are losing their authentic meaning and becoming mere photo opportunities for politicians.

"It's disheartening to see our festivals being used as a tool for politics," a tricycle driver and a resident of Tacloban told Opinyon 8.

"We want these celebrations to be about our culture and heritage, not about personal agendas."

The erosion of cultural values is not limited to these festivals alone.

Many fear that this trend could lead to the loss of regional identity and cultural heritage if left unchecked.

The Region’s Identity

It is crucial that local leaders prioritize preserving these traditions and promote them as an integral part of Region 8's identity.

In the end, Pintados Kasadyaan and Sangyaw are more than just festivals; they are an expression of Region 8's cultural heritage and identity.

As we celebrate these events, we must focus on their true essence and resist attempts to hijack them for political gain.

Only then can we ensure that these festivals continue to bring people together and promote regional pride for generations to come.

#CoverStory #OpinYon #EasternVisayas

We take a stand
OpinYon News logo

Designed and developed by Simmer Studios.

© 2024 OpinYon News. All rights reserved.