By Alice Hernandez Reyes


      Tacloban , Leyte was the site of the  23rd Kasadyaan Festival and the 32nd Pintados Festival, a diverse and colourful presentation in honor of the Senor Sto. Nino  de Tacloban last June 27.

         Along with Frank Rivera, Cris Millado, Cecile Garrucho, `     

Ellen Fullido, Ricky Ballesteros and Anisha, I judged the Pintadoa and Kasadyaan contingents at the Leyte  Sports Development Center that Wednesday afternoon,

       On hand were  Palo Mayor and festival Chairman Remedios L. Petilla, Leyte Governor Leopoldo Domenico Petilla, former DOE Secretary  Carlos Jericho Petilla and Senator Bam Aquino.

      The festival brought together festivals from different towns of Leyte  and the sister island of Samar.

     Mayors of the different participating towns were present to cheer their contingents.

    Grand Champion was the Pasaka Festival of Tanuan, Leyte, beating the Buraburon Festival of Buruan , Leyte, which recently won the 2018 Aliwan festival in Manila.