129th Tacloban City fiesta: Thanking God after ‘Yolanda’

129th Tacloban City fiesta: Thanking God after ‘Yolanda’

Fr. Pat De los Reyes, SVD, presides over a Eucharistic celebration at the Festival Park to formally kick off the  35th  Pintados and 23rd Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals as part of the activities of the 129th Tacloban City Fiesta in honor of Señor Sto. Niño, June 30, 2018. NESTOR ABREMATEA

By Nestor L. Abrematea

June 22, 2018

TACLOBAN CITY

In a meeting with the media, Palo, Leyte Mayor Remedios L. Petilla shared that the 129th Tacloban City fiesta activities in honor of Señor Sto. Niño de Tacloban, patron saint of Leyte, which formally kicked off Friday afternoon at the Festival Park here, is a gesture of gratitude.

Petilla said the “Festival of Festivals” is a “way of thanking God” through Sto. Niño for the graces it received after being devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda four years ago.

The mayor, who is the executive chair of the “Festival of Festivals,” together with Pintados Foundation president Eugene A. Tan, Sr.; Supt. Daniel Sanchez, Leyte Police deputy provincial director; and other guests met the Leyte media in a press conference.

Meanwhile, Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla in his opening message at the Festival Park said the provincial government of Leyte will continue to support the festivals as it is their way of thanking [God] for the graces received despite “the world’s strongest typhoon.”

Gov. Petilla also announced that the province has recovered from the devastation with more investors coming in and farmers enjoying livelihood opportunities in various towns of Leyte.

Fr. Pat De los Reyes celebrated Mass at the Festival Park and led the enthronement of the Sto. Niño at the same plaza.

Tacloban City marks its city fiesta on June 30 in adherence to local traditions recounting that when the image of Señor Sto. Niño was lost en route to Manila for restoration, the passenger ship carrying it caught fire in the sea waters of Siminara, Romblon, and Tacloban. At the same time, a barangay in Basey, Samar was struck with cholera, claiming many lives, but when the image was returned on June 30, the cholera epidemic stopped. This is why residents started celebrating the fiesta in honor of the Holy Child of Jesus on the said date.​