DINAGSA FESTIVAL 2014
There were speculations that Dinagsa will not be staged this year due to the damage caused by the typhoon Yolanda in Cadiz City . But we are very happy knowing that the 40th Dinagsa Festival will go on this year on January 24-26,2014.The theme for this year’s celebration is “Sadya Sadya Tapos Yolanda”.
Just like in most provinces who celebrate a festival every January in honor of the Sto Nino, the Cadiz City also has its own version of this Festival which began in the year 1972. Dubbed as Dinagsa Festival , was the brainchild of some of the members of the Samaria House Council of Cadiz City, a lay religious organization of the Catholic Church.”Dinagsa” was coined after an event in the past where several whales arrived in the shores of the said city; the word “dagsa” means driftage. This is also why Cadiz city is tagged “The city of Whales”.
“Dinagsa” was a result of the reaction of the church council to the usual habit of the locals that instead of offering homage to their Patron Saint they would rather engage in gambling/cockfighting . The founding fathers of Cadiz Ati-Atihan thought of a way by which the feast of their Patron may be truly celebrated by acts of gratitude and praises, rather than by cockfights. These founding fathers, led by Msgr. Vicente Salgado, the then Parish Priest of the Sto. Niño Parish made history. It was then that the Cadiz City Ati-Atihan Festival came into being.
One of the unique feature of this festival is the “Lamhitanay sa Dalan” , wherein everyone in merrymaking doesn’t mind being smudged with latex paint on their face. This is in contrast with The Sinulog in Kabankalan where people used charcoal to stain the faces of everyone attending the festival.
Just a reminder though, wear anything you wont mind being ruined or stained by the paint.
HOW TO GET THERE
An one hour drive from Bacolod City,Cadiz can be reached by private car and an hour & fifteen minutes ride by a passenger bus. The Vallacar Transit (Ceres), a big bus company has a terminal in the city. Buses plying San Carlos, Dumaguete, and the nearby municipalities make short stop over in the city. Other modes of transportation available are PUJs and van for hires. Cadiz City is also accessible to Cebu via the cities of San Carlos and Escalante. Passenger bus for Cebu also passed by at the bus terminal on scheduled trips.