Sinulog 2015 (Photo by Cyril Madis, VBP Cebu)

Abuyog News – Leyte’s Buyogan Festival stands out anew at Sinulog 2015

ABUYOG NEWS – Tribu Buyoganon of Abuyog, Leyte won the coveted Sinulog 2015 Free Interpretation Category in the recently concluded Sinulog Festival on Sunday, January 18.

Buyogan Festival which was absent in last year’s competition after super typhoon Yolanda hit the coastal town of Abuyog made a resounding come back, besting other contingents coming in from different parts of the country. It also bagged the top prize for Best in Musicality.

Alang-alang, Leyte’s Lingganay Festival won second after Abuyog taking the prize for the Best Costume contest in the same category along the way. Both contingents also wowed local and foreign spectators in the street dancing down the Sinulog parade route.

Buyogan Festival has come a long way, topping the famous Pintados Kasadyaan Festival in the province of Leyte for several years in a row and representing it successfully in the annual national Aliwan festival of festivals in Intramuros, Manila.

In the 1997 Sinulog competition it only placed 5th but came back as a champion in 2009. It was 2nd in 2011 only to regain the popular title this year.

Other notable winners of this year’s Sinulog competitions:

Free Interpretation category
Champion: Tribu Buyoganon, Abuyog, Leyte
2nd place: Tribu Lingganay, Alang-Alang, Leyte
3rd place: Tribu Himag-ulaw, Placer, Masbate


Best in Costume: Tribu Lingganay, Alang-Alang, Leyte
Best in Musicality: Tribu Buyoganon, Abuyog, Leyte


Street Dancing
Champion: Lumad Basakanon, Basak San Nicolas, Cebu City
2nd place: Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe, Tangub City
3rd place: Kulturang Placereño, Placer, Masbate
4th place: Tribu Buyoganon, Abuyog, Leyte
5th place: Tribu Lingganay, Alang-Alang, Leyte


Sinulog-based category
Champion: Kulturang Placereño
2nd place: Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe, Tangub City
3rd place: Carcar City Division
4th place: Tuburan National High School
5th place: Talisay City Central School
Best in Costume: Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe
Best in Musicality: Carcar City Division


Champion: Contempo Property Holdings, Inc.
2nd place: M. Lhuillier Philippines
3rd place: Palawan Pawnshop


Champion: Festival Queen
2nd place: Dagul and Son
3rd place: Sinulog Prince and Princess

Champion: Angelique Aranas
2nd place: Jeffrey Borres
3rd place: Niño Ruben Mateo


On-site Décor
Champion: Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
2nd place: Elizabeth Mall
3rd place: Abellana National School


Visual Merchandise
Champion: Golden Gate Value Properties, Inc./Parkmall
2nd place: Elizabeth Mall
3rd place: Metro Gaisano Colon