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Aliwan Fiesta 2018 Festival Dance Competition Grand Champion – Kasadyaan Festival of Leyte represented by Tribu Buraburon.
In the central part of the island of Leyte is a tribe covering 77 communities that live in a land of lush forests and mountain ranges. Their first datu was named Duygon, and he was the son of a Moro businessman from Mindanao named Dawog, who married a lovely lady named Isak. Upon the baptism of Reyna Juana and Rajah Humabon of Cebu, Christianity spread throughout the Visayas. Jesuit missionaries came to Leyte, converting Dawog and Isak. Duygon was baptized and gifted with an image of the Sto Niño. He became enamored of a gracious lady named Pitik Mingaw, but jealous men caused his early death. Pitik Mingaw was heartbroken and wandered through the forest, until she became weak and near death herself, praying to the Holy Child for help. Suddenly, a huge eagle flew over her, warbling “Buraburon, buraburon,” and leading her to a giant spring, which they call “burabod.” Hence, the town of Burauen is known as the spring capital of Leyte.