Tens of thousands of revelers, both local and international tourists, flocked to this year’s Dinagsa Festival in Cadiz City recently that is proving to be one of the most anticipated and attended festivals in the province of Negros Occidental.
City Mayor Patrick Escalante and Board Member Salvador Escalante, with support from the Sangguniang Panlungsod, reflected the Cadizon folk ingenuity as a people of culture and religiosity through the festivities and merrymaking, that not only boosted to the local tourism industry, offered praise and thanksgiving to the Almighty, through the Dinagsa tribes that joined the Cadiz Ati-Atihan contest.
The streetdance competition that highlighted the renowned festival was attended by families, friends and thousands of revelers not only watched by the streets as dancers and drum beaters, most of them depicting the warriors of old composing the various tribes that strut their wares in awesome formations escalated by the upbeat drum sounds.
Their costumes made from indigenous materials and the paint on their faces reveal the local flavor of the celebration. Onlookers and townsfolk alike were one in a melodious offer of thanksgiving for the bountiful marine resources and the abundance of whales and fish species which Cadiz is famous for. The true meaning of Dinagsa is faith and thanksgiving for God’s abundance of blessings showered upon the Cadiznons.
To all the participating tribes – Majica, Bading, Yabyab, Bobucad Bulawanon-Querozan, Tres Marias, Tibanda, Aeta and Hitalon – congratulations on your superb performances.
Kudos to the local government, too, for making Dinagsa 2011 not only a success, but for also making it one of the most attended festivals in Negros Occidental. Till next year’s showcase of faith and thanksgiving.*