To celebrate and give gratitude to a sweet bountiful pineapple harvest, Ormocanons turn to the streets to dance and perform to acknowledge the grace God and patron saints Peter and Paul have provided them over the years. #Blessed!
The first Piña Festival was held last year on 25 June 2017 and I was in town to revere with the locals. The festival is colorful with vibes and beats that will keep you excited and even bring you to move your feet and drift along the festive tune.“Piña,” an original composition of local talent Manny Panta seriously had me on an LSS mode for days.
It was an entertaining weekend as a series of events was stacked to keep the holiday peppy and lively – Festival Queen Pageant, series of band gigs and parties, food bazaars and of course, the street party & parade.
The highlight of the festival was the street parade which had eight contingents last year, with over 200 dancers from different schools in the region. STI College of Ormoc was declared the 2017 champion, with Western Leyte College and Eastern Visayas State Visayas State- Ormoc Campus as runners-up. Cherry Mae Duterte bagged the crown for Festival Queen 2017.
The people of Ormoc has been through a lot of ordeals in the past, even experiencing a strong earthquake last year a few weeks after the first Pinya Festival was held. But with their faith, resiliency and alacrity, Ormocanons continue to look on the brighter side of life – expecting a future as sunny and sweet as their pineapples. Well, they produce over 100 tons of these saccharine pineapples a year. That’s a sight, and taste, of something inevitable sweet tomorrow. 😉
Ormoc’s Piña Festival 2018 happens this 25 June 2018.