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PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 04, 2012


Maasin highlights “Sakay-Sakay” Festival in honor of Sto. Niño

by R.G. Cadavos

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Jan. 4 (PIA) -- The Maasin City Tourism Office is now preparing for the Sakay-Sakay Festival in honor of Senyor Sto. Nino this coming January 15.

City Tourism officer Royenno Segovia said that the activity will feature “sakay-sakay” festival, an open competition with five categories: Bangka Category, Icon category, Pump boat category, Street dancing, and the Higante category.

He said that prizes for the competition were allocated by the city government, “although voluntary support are also coming in” from different individuals and organizations to assist the said activity.

Prizes are as follows: Bangka category - P25,000 (1st prize); P15,000 (2nd prize); P10,000 (3rd prize); and a consolation of P5,000 each for the 1st three non-winners.

Icon category – P10,000 (1st); P7,000 (2nd); P5,000 (3rd); and consolation of P1,500 for the 1st 10 non-winners; Higante category – P8,000 (1st); P5,000 (2nd); P3,000 (3rd); and P1,500 consolation prizes for the 1st five non-winners; and the Pumpboat category with P10,000 for the 1st prize; P7,000 for 2nd; P5,000 for the 3rd; and consolation prizes of P2,000 each for the first eight non-winners.

While the Street Dancing that was previously merged with the Icon category is now separated with P30,000 as 1st prize; P20,000 (2nd); P10,000 (3rd); and P5,000 consolation prizes for the 1st three non-winners, the report added.

Segovia said that the competition is open to any group who wish to participate, although as of press time, official entry has not yet confirmed, “the working committee will still meet on Friday, January 6, and hopefully official entries will come in,” he divulged.

The route and judges of the competition will also be discussed during the meeting for the finalization of the said activity. ”Hopefully, this activity will draw visitors as one of the religious tourist attractions in Maasin City and the city government is planning to raise the prizes to attract more participants,” Segovia disclosed. (RGC/PIA-soLeyte)

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