Music is powerful. It is all around us; providing powerful stories, inspiration, and joy in its messages. It is precisely this power that the organizers of the recently concluded For The Love Of Leyte music festival sought to leverage for showcasing and increasing accessibility of local artisans in the region. Held from November 30-December 1, the two days flew by in a blur of a wildly diverse lineup of music and art, where acts like Ben&Ben, The Itchyworms, and Bullet Dumas regaled the crowd with their musical stylings and guest speakers held unique workshops such as ticog hand weaving, tuba painting, and buri embroidery. Combining a Woodstock vibe with the creativity of local artisans was innovative celebration of Leyte's rebirth post Yolanda, where the sprawling landscape of the Farm in Ginsiyaman played host to an eclectic crowd of international and local participants who came together to commemorate the strength and resilience of Leytenos through tourism and livelihood opportunities.
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