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Balyuan Amphitheater

The word “Balyuan” in the local Waray dialect means “a place or market for exchange or trade” and has religious and historical importance to the city of Tacloban. This is place where the sacred image of the child Jesus, Sr. Sto. Niño of Tacloban had to be borrowed from Basey, Samar where Tacloban was used to be a town under Basey. The rites were held every June to celebrate the annual feast of Sr. Sto. Niño of Tacloban. There used to be a Balyuan Tower here but it rusted through the years and was eventually destroyed. A few years back, an amphitheater was constructed and now stands as one of the more prominent structures of the city overlooking the bay of Cancabatoc. The Sangyaw festival held every 29th of June culminates in this historic place.

Balyuan Amphitheater at Night

Photographer’s note: F/8, 5 sec, ISO 200, Nikon D3, Nikkor AFS 14-24mm 2.8, Benro C-298 tripod


Balyuan Amphitheater at Sunrise

Photographer’s note: F/11, 13 sec, ISO 160, Panasonic G3, Panasonic 7-14mm 4, Marumi tripod


Sangyaw Festival crowd at the Balyuan

Photographer’s note: F/2.8, 1/400, ISO 1400, Nikon D3, Nikkor AFS 70-200 2.8 VRI

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  • cris - Love this place, …. only in taclobanReplyCancel

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