Stars led by Marian Rivera invade Sangyaw Festival in Tacloban

Young actress Marian Rivera (left) was welcomed by Tacloban City councilor and former actress Cristina Gonzales (right) upon her arrival at Tacloban City for the Sangyaw Festival.



Through the initiativeof the husband and wife team of Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez and Councilor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez, ibinabalik ng siyudad sa Leyte angorihinal nilang fiesta na "Sangyaw," a Waray word that means "announcement."

This was researchedduring the time of the Marcoses in the ‘70s and reintroduced noon sa Kasaysayanng Lahi. It became an annual event from 1974 to 1986, until it was discontinuedby the next administration.

Alfred and Cristinaworked tirelessly to provide their townmates a weekend affair to remember,including cultural shows, a city parade, nightly concerts and star appearances.

Sina Cristina andoutstanding Taclobeño Alfonso Chu ang nag-imbita ng mga manunulat.

Thursday night, June 26, pa lang ay nagkaroon na ng Search for Miss Tacloban 2008 with the bandSugarfree as special guest stars. Friday night, June 27, ginanap naman ang Search for AStar Season Two with fellow Taclobeña Karla Estrada among the judges, andit was also graced by the presence of Dennis Trillo. Nagkaroon din ngpa-concert ang Brownman Revival.

Sabado ng umaga, June28, kasabay ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) team sina Donita Rose atRico J. Puno sa PAL early flight and an hour later naman, sa Cebu Pacificflight sumakay ang dalawang bandang Calla Lily and 6 Cyclemind.

Contingents fromMakati led by Mayor Jejomar Binay, Basilan with the representative of MayorAkbhar attending, and even the city of Marikina headed by MMDA chair BayaniFernando drove all the way from Manila and Mindanao with busloads of musiciansand officers with them. May ipinadala ring representatives ang mga probinisiyang Bacolod at Cebu.

Sabado ng gabi,nagkaroon ng isang cultural show sa Balyuan Amphitheatre na kung hindi kaminagkakamali ay first structured amphitheatre by the sea.

Nandoon ang originalRose of Tacloban, former First Lady Mrs. Imelda Marcos, na kinantahan ng "HappyBirthday" as she will celebrate her natal day on July 2.

Over at the St. Paul'sCollege, formerly Divine World, may reunion ang class of ‘68 na dinaluhan ninaRico J. and Donita, at sa Astrodome naman ay may pa-concert ang Calla Lily.

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Linggo ng hapon, June 29,sarado ang main street ng Tacloban for the parade involving dance troupesfrom Makati, Cebu, Marikina, Bacolod, and Tacloban. Si Marian ang nag-iisangartista to join the parade, on a float of her own.

Sa 11 a.m. CebuPacific flight ng Linggo, sumakay si Marian at ang kanyang manager na si PopoyCaritativo. Sinundo sila ni Cristina. Inihatid muna sila saHotel Alejandro to freshen up.

Ala-una pa lang, hindina mahulugang-karayom ang main road ng Tacloban dahil hinintay ang pagparada niMarian. More than three hours ang parade with the dancing troupes of therepresentative cities entertaining each stops sa parade route. Nagsiksikan nalalo ang mga tao sa street nang papalapit na ang karosa ni Marian and even thelikes of Madame Imelda, Mayor Binay, and Cristina's mother Mrs. CharitoGonzales have to look on kung bakit nagkakagulo ang mga tao.

Mag-a-alas kuwarto nang hapon bago dumaan sa lugar namin si Marian at mahaba-haba pa ang itatakbo ngparada. Puro ngiti at kaway lang si Marian endlessly kahit hindi alam ng mgatao na may hahabulin siyang last flight out of Tacloban by 6 p.m. dahilkailangan niya ring makabalik sa Manila pati na ang kanyang manager. Marian andPopoy promised to support Mart Escudero's movie My Monster Mom na magpi-premieredin Sunday night. Mart is also a talent of Popoy alongside Dennis.

Pasado alas-singko nang matapos ang parade at huling text ni Popoy sa amin, nahabol pa rin nila angkanilang return flight.

Sunday night, may pa-concertsi Kitchie Nadal sa Balyuan Amphitheater, ang 6 Cyclemind sa Astrodome at saRizal Park, an ABS-CBN extravaganza was announced although wala kaming nakitangKapamilya stars buong Sabado at Linggo.

Hanggang Lunes (June 30) pa magtatapos ang Sangyaw with several concertspa of local bands and popular Manila bands Shamrock, Glock 9, at ang Bubble Gang mainstay na si FrancinePrieto.


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