ABOUT TACLOBAN CITY
Tacloban is the largest city in Eastern Visayas. The capital of the province of Leyte. Tacloban was formerly known as Kankabatok, named after the first settler Kabatok.
Tacloban has so much to offer that you might not probably heard of yet. Some tourists came to Tacloban as their jumpoff point to their next destination. Why not have atleast a day tour and explore the place. For sure, you’ll enjoy it.
Pintados is a popular native festival held every 27th of June in Tacloban City.
The contingents showcase the unique culture, religion and history of the people of Eastern Visayas.
The parade usually starts at 9am at grand stand going to the major streets of Tacloban
then back to grand stand for their ritual dance that usually starts at 1pm.
BURO BURAWON FESTIVAL
Pintados 2018 Grand champion
Tribu Buyogan Festival
My favorite contingent, Buyogan Festival from Abuyog Leyte. 😀
And the other contigents
They are all looks beautiful and amazing with their colorful props.
Kudos to their Municipalities.
Joining this kind of contest is such a one hell of a challenge.
TIPS FOR YOUR PINTADOS EXPERIENCE
-Join the annual Photography contest of CCLS
Feel free to visit their page at www.facebook.com/CCLSInc/
They will give you an all access ID after registration.
Only photographers with IDs can get inside the restricted line.
-To fully enjoy the moment, start taking pictures from the start of the grand parade up to end of the program.
-Bring your water bottle.
-Sunblock, Sunscreen, shades and sleeves.
I usually bring my sarong with me.
-Camera with wide angle lens and a telephoto lens.
as for me, I am a telephoto shooter.
I feel comfy when im using my 50-140mm lens from Fuji.
-Drone to capture the other perspective view from above.
Just be careful when flying your drone.
The area is crowded. Make sure to check up the basics before flying.
Keep the line of sight rule.
-After the parade, eat your lunch so can you take more pictures at the Grandstand before their presentation.
HOW TO GET THERE
Philippine Airline, Air Asia and Cebu Pacific have several flights direct from Manila and Cebu (except Air Asia) to Tacloban City daily. Air Asia has 4 flights per week from Clark, Pampanga to Tacloban City. Cebu Pacific has 3 flights per week from Davao to Tacloban City.
WHERE TO STAY
There are lot of cheap hotels in Tacloban around downtown area. Hoping to get their rates and update this post soon.
Hope that helps. See you around Tacloban. Enjooooyy!