The Leyte province will be showcasing two of its regional festivals in what is considered to be Singapore’s grandest parade to date – the 2019 Chingay Parade, as shared in a report by the Philippine News Agency.
The members of the Tribu Buraburon of Burauen, Leyte and the Sanggutan Festival in Barugo, Leyte have been selected to represent the country in the festive meet which is to be held early next year on Feb. 15-16, 2019. The two festivals have been combined to form one contingent of a 230-member delegation.
Leyte Festivals Set to Join Singapore’s Biggest Parade in 2019
According to the town mayor of Barauen Juanito Renomeron, the parade is a special opportunity to showcase the eastern Visayas region as a prime tourist destination in the Philippines. The Visayan mayor also shares that joining the prestigious parade is also one way of expressing the country’s gratitude for the aid and support they have offered, particularly in the region after it was struck by Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.
Through the efforts of the Leyte Young Talents and Entrepreneurs (LEYTEam), a proposal for the participation of the Leyte festivals in the event to be held at the Singapore Formula One Pit Building Area has been accepted.
Tribu Buraburon, which snagged the grand champion title in this year’s Aliwan Fiesta held in Pasay City is a production which pays tribute to the Mamanwa Tribe. The performance is an eye-opener on the importance of the protection of the endangered Philippine Eagles.
On the other hand, the Sanggutan Festival which had been a consistent awardee in past regional festivals, pays homage to the traditional way of creating coconut wine. The dance shows the festive celebration of men getting together over local wine and sharing it with their family.
A total of 2,000 volunteers, 6,500 performers, more than hundreds of thousands of onlookers, and over 70 million potential online and television viewers will participate in the highly-touted event. (ALSO (READ: Gardens by the Bay to be filled with Mythical Lantern Displays for Mid-Autumn Festival)