PIA Press Release
Friday, January 13, 2012
Leyte festivals join Sinulog 2012 on January 15
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Jan 13 (PIA) -- The Lingganay Festival of Alangalang and the Karatong Festival of Dulag are two festivals in the province of Leyte that will participate in the forthcoming Sinulog Festival 2012 in Cebu City come January 15.
Alangalang’s Lingganay Festival was the grand champion while Dulag’s Karatong Festival was the second placer in the 2011 Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals.
Leyte, under the leadership of governor Carlos Jericho L. Petilla, is giving its full support to the two contingents to the Sinulog Festival.
Both the Lingganay Festival and the Karatong Festival were given financial assistance from the provincial government of Leyte, in the amount of P800,000 each.
Governor Jericho “Icot” Petilla said the province is committed to support and conserve Leyte’s cultural heritage by engaging local festivals in national festival competitions as colorful and prestigious as the Sinulog Festival.
Gov. Petilla said fielding and maintaining a contingent in various festival competitions around the country is no joke, considering the preparations both physical and financial just to be able to compete.
He added, however, that a competition like the Sinulog is a big opportunity to promote the town – its cultural richness as well as its economic viability.
Meanwhile, Alangalang Mayor Loreto Yu and Dulag Mayor Manuel Sia Que, expressed their gratitude for the governor’s unending support to make the various festivals in Leyte grow and flourish.
Lingganay Festival is vying for the first time, in the nationally acclaimed Sinulog Festival in Cebu City this January.
Both mayors are hoping against hope that they will be able to represent Leyte well in the prestigious Sinulog Festival. (PIA 8)