Sakay-Sakay Festival 2024 - an expression of gratitude and devotion to our
                                      Batang Balaan Senyor Sto. Niño de Maasin 
                                                                      VIVA PIT SENYOR!
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Sakay-Sakay Festival of MAASIN CITY - is a cultural and religious festival in the city of Maasin, Southern Leyte, Philippines every third Sunday of January. It is held as an expression of gratitude and devotion to Sto. Niño.

The city has been conducting an annual observance of the feast of Sto. Niño every year. It is a localized version of the Sinulog Festival of Cebu and shares the same faith for the Child Jesus, the Sto. Niño.

The story of the Holy Child’s arrival in the Philippines began with the start of the colonization by Spain. Ferdinand Magellan presented the image upon the baptism of natives in Cebu led by its leader Rajah Humabon and his wife Hara Humamay.

The image was found again in 1565 when the expedition of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi landed in the island. Devotees of the Child Jesus have grown in number throughout the archipelago ever since.

Sakay-Sakay Festival of Maasin City is a maritime event through the fluvial procession for the annual fiesta of the Holy Child. Its religious activities are organized by the Diocese of Maasin such as novena, mass, and procession.

In 2021, the images of Sto. Niño de Ibarra (Ibarra is a village in Maasin) and Sto. Niño de Limasawa (Limasawa is the site of the first recorded Roman Catholic mass in the country and located off the southern tip of Southern Leyte) were brought on to seagoing vessels in a fluvial parade in an act of blessing the waters and shorelines of the city.

Meanwhile, the city government organizes the festival events. In the early 2000s, the city participated in Sinulog Festival in Cebu and it had shifted focus in developing its own festivity in the latter years.

These include competitions in street dancing, coastal decoration, sailboat (banca) decorations, motorized boats (pumpboat) decoration, and giant puppets (higante).

How to reach Maasin City, Southern Leyte? Ferry schedules are open from neighboring islands of Cebu and Bohol. Alternatively, one can travel to Tacloban Airport and travel by bus, which is about four hours away in a trip that covers over 180 kilometers.

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Ma. Rebecca G. Cadavos. Maasin City calls for entries for ‘Sakay-Sakay Festival 2020’. Philippine Information Agency. January 15, 2020. Retrieved from original post on December 27, 2022

R.G. Cadavos. Maasin highlights “Sakay-Sakay” Festival in honor of Sto. Niño. Philippine Information Agency. January 4, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2022

Sakay-Sakay Festival in Maasin City a success despite rains. SunStar. January 18, 2017. Retrieved December 27, 2022

City Gov’t of Maasin. Office of the Press Secretary. January 14, 2021. Retrieved December 27, 2022

Editorial: The Sto. Niño story. Sunstar. January 19, 2018. Retrieved December 27, 2022 Sakay-Sakay Festival

Here are the updates on our very own 𝐌𝐀𝐀𝐒𝐈𝐍 𝐂𝐈𝐓𝐘 𝐓𝐎𝐔𝐑𝐈𝐒𝐓 𝐂𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐄𝐑 & 𝐑𝐄𝐒𝐓 𝐀𝐑𝐄𝐀.
This project is located near the Maasin Terminal in Brgy. Tagnipa, Maasin City.
This Proposed Two Storey Tourist Service Center with Pasalubong Display Center, Conference Room,
Coffee Shop, and AC Restroom accommodates PWD, and a branch of the Office of Tourism with a conference
hall for the investors and visitors of Maasin City. #UswagPaMoreMaasin #AjonayMaasin 💕
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 Seal of Maasin Southern Leyte     22nd Cityhood Anniversary Photobook can now be viewed online!      photo 2023 03 29 11 41 23


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Our celebration is officially back after a two (2) - year hiatus due to the pandemic. All praises and thanksgiving to Señor Sto. Niño. 🙏🏻
Our comeback is as bright as the colorful costumes donned by our following contingents and devotees dancing to the beat of Sinulog:
🥇Tribu Ajonay- (1st Place)
🥈Tribu Basak – (2nd Place)
🥉Tribu Panaghiusa- (3rd Place)
🏅Tribu Kabatan-onan – (4th Place)
We also have 𝐇𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐞 𝐂𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐠𝐨𝐫𝐲:
🎖️Kieffen Clyde Pajao – (1st Place)
🏅Arnel Basco (2nd and 3rd Place)
Indeed, this is definitely one of the city’s liveliest, dynamic, most colorful and vibrant celebration for we have fluvial procession with drum beats and lively cheers to put someone in the festive atmosphere all to honor our beloved Señor Sto. Niño. Viva Pit Señor 🎉
to our winners:
𝐈𝐜𝐨𝐧 𝐂𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐠𝐨𝐫𝐲
🥇Segun Family – (1st Place)
🥈Brgy. Asuncion Fisherfolks – (2nd Place)
🥉Vince Xavier – (3rd Place)
𝐁𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐚 𝐂𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐠𝐨𝐫𝐲
🥇Rose Axel Fajardo – (1st Place)
🥈Kim Oliver Pajao – (2nd Place)
𝐏𝐮𝐦𝐩𝐛𝐨𝐚𝐭 𝐂𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐠𝐨𝐫𝐲
🥇Segun Family – (1st Place)
🥈Valdez and Oraiz Clan – (2nd Place)
🥉Vince Xavier – (3rd Place)
For the past two years, we scaled down our Cityhood Anniversary celebration because we could not afford to have a grand merriment while we were confronted with a challenging situation as we fight against COVID-19 that has become a serious threat to public health.
Today, with the easing of restrictions, I am beaming with joy and gladness that we get to celebrate our #Ajonay Festival 2022.
My warmest congratulations to the following winners:
𝐑𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐃𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
🥇1st - The College of Maasin
🥈2nd - Saint Joseph College
🥉3rd - Guadalupe National High School
💃🏻𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥 𝐐𝐮𝐞𝐞𝐧 - Saint Joseph College
🎶𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 - The College of Maasin
👗𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐦𝐞 - The College of Maasin
🕺𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐂𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡𝐲 - The College of Maasin