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Buyogan Festival – The Making of a Champion

Buyogan Festival – The Making of a Champion

I was lucky enough to be a part of shooting this year’s Buyogan Festival contingent who eventually became the grand champion of the recently concluded Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival competition. Man, what can I say… It really takes a whole lot of effort to make it possible. One of the key factors is the enormous support from the local government of Abuyog headed by its chief executive, the Hon. Mayor Bebot Traya.

Mayor Traya of Abuyog, Leyte

Mayor Traya of Abuyog, Leyte

Mayor Traya of Abuyog, Leyte

Mayor Traya of Abuyog, Leyte

As you can see the level of participation from the Mayor of Abuyog himself minutes away from the actual performance of the Buyogan Festival. This is really helping a lot to make the Buyogan Festival as a championship caliber contingent. Not to mention that the Buyogans have already been there, done that, won multiple times in the past including grand champions of the coveted Sinulog Festival in Cebu and Aliwan Festival in Manila. I am very optimistic that the Buyogan Festival will buzz their way into the future with many more awards to garner… The attention to details and the amount of work that is put into this is staggering, I hope the photos below will do justice…

Buyogan Festival (Abuyog, Leyte)

Buyogan Festival (Abuyog, Leyte)

Buyogan Festival (Abuyog, Leyte)

Buyogan Festival (Abuyog, Leyte)

Buyogan Festival (Abuyog, Leyte)

Buyogan Festival (Abuyog, Leyte)

Buyogan Festival (Abuyog, Leyte)

Buyogan Festival (Abuyog, Leyte)

Buyogan Festival (Abuyog, Leyte)

Buyogan Festival (Abuyog, Leyte)

Buyogan Festival (Abuyog, Leyte)

Buyogan Festival (Abuyog, Leyte)

Buyogan Festival (Abuyog, Leyte)

Buyogan Festival (Abuyog, Leyte)

Buyogan Festival (Abuyog, Leyte)

Buyogan Festival (Abuyog, Leyte)

The preparation phase is probably the most grueling stage for the members of the contingent, they have been practicing for many months. They have to travel to Tacloban City all the way from Abuyog a few days before the competition, the practice rehearsals are non-stop, and the choreography and orchestration of the whole performance take center stage for the success of this contingent.

I think it was well worth it after all. The making of a champion indeed.

Buyogan Festival (Abuyog, Leyte)

Buyogan Festival (Abuyog, Leyte)

Buyogan Festival (Abuyog, Leyte)

Buyogan Festival (Abuyog, Leyte)

Buyogan Festival (Abuyog, Leyte)

Buyogan Festival (Abuyog, Leyte)

Buyogan Festival (Abuyog, Leyte)

Buyogan Festival (Abuyog, Leyte)

Buyogan Festival (Abuyog, Leyte)

Buyogan Festival (Abuyog, Leyte)

Photographer’s note: Leica M Monochrom, Leica Summilux-M 50mm 1.4 ASPH

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