To commemorate the fifth anniversary of super typhoon “Haiyan” or locally known as “Yolanda” and re-introduce tourists to a rehabilitated Leyte, top Pinoy and international artists, together with artisans and master craftsmen of Leyte, got together for a two-day music and arts festival aptly called “For the Love of Leyte.”
Organized by the Philippine Foundation in partnership with the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), One Love Festival-UK and Tabo-an Ha Ginsiyaman, the festival aimed to empower and create change in the community through sustainable tourism and development in the region, as well as attract new advocates for Leyte’s creative industries.
The line-up of performers for the festival included Ben&Ben, Bullet Dumas, The Itchyworms, Kiko Bun from UK, Babani Records from Mauritius, Reese Lansangan, Ang Bandang Shirley, Hernandez Brothers, La Loba Negra, Tom’s Story, Conscious & The Goodness, Free the Robots from the US, Irie Sunday, Lunas, Rob Mananquil, The 76 Receipts, Kulahig, LSR, Lady Suzette, Maroon & Gold, Succubus, The Guerillas, Aurora, KRNK, Specs, Digital Danboi from UK, Tom Turner and Bruder.
Ensuring the festival’s successful run were “For the Love of Leyte” founders and organizers King and Kaye Palisoc, Department of Tourism Region VIII Director Karen Tiopes, Leyte Rep. Vicente Veloso, Department of Trade and Industry Region VIII Division Chief Ma. Delia Corsiga, Tabo-an Ha Ginisiyaman Curator and Creative Director Tipay Caintic and San Miguel, Leyte Mayor Chekay Esperas, One Love UK’s Matt Porter and Dan Wiltshire, Philippine Foundation’s Carla Laus and TPB’s Milo Oropeza graced the event.
Despite the rain, more than 2,000 people trooped to The Farm at Ginsiyaman in San Miguel where the festival was held.