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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, January 23, 2019

45TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION
Itís Dinagsa Time in Cadiz

Eight tribes and 10 school and community-based groups will compete in the Dinagsa parade and street dancing and merrymaking competitions, the highlights of the annual Dinagsa sa Cadiz Festival, which ends on Sunday.

The tribal competition will be held on Sunday while the Sinaot, or merrymaking contest, is scheduled on Saturday.

Juanily Pedrosa, Cadiz City tourism officer, said the eight tribes are Manara, Hitalon, Sicablun Quatro, Balete, Bandagat, Bala-an Majeca, Matinambitres and Bobucad.

The merrymaking entries represent North Negros College, Holy Infant Academy, Jerusalem National High School, ABC, Mabini National High School, Faraon Institute, Villacin National High School, Burgos National High School, Tiglawigan National High School and Philippine Normal University.

This year’s celebration is themed “Paghimakas Upod sa Ginoo, Cadiz Padayon sa Pag-asenso”.

As part of the cultural fare, the festival featured on opening day, ‘The Best of Negros’, a parade of eight festivals in the province.

The participating groups were Miniluan Festival of Talisay City, Bulang-bulang of San Enrique, MassKara of Bacolod City, Ugyunan of E.B. Magalona, Kadalag-an of Victorias City, Babaylan of Bago City, Pasalamat of La Carlota City and Himayaan of Himamaylan City.

Fifteen young ladies are competing for the Dinagsa Queen title in a pageant scheduled on Saturday night. The talent competition will be held on Friday.

The candidates are Blessie Joy Villablanca, Relanie Lasquite, Mary Grace Ondon, Mary Pauline Santos, Katrina Consing, Nicca Joy Francisco, Denise Jaspe, Lalaine Gene Carpio;

Ruth Vene Apawan, Southche Villaceran, Jasline Batiller, Edzal Padernal, Dinna Demonteverde, Maica Benting and Ricklyn Marie Tanguan.

Tomorrow’s activities include a job fair and a tricycle audio competition.

Street parties will be held starting Friday until Sunday.

Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva will host a public lunch on Saturday, when a fluvial parade and a mass are also scheduled.

A car audio competition is also slated on Saturday.

Entertainment, cultural and sports events have been calendared during the festival.

Among the sports events are the Mayor Patrick Escalante swimming and motocross competitions, a basketball tournament as well as paralympics and sitting volleyball for persons with disabilities, football, futsal, mountain bike, volleyball and ultimate frisbee tournament.

Included in the sports and fitness calendar are the fun run and zumba sessions.

The festivities, likewise, include homecoming and assembly events of various schools and organizations in the city as well as daily events sponsored by agencies and special-interest groups.

Another highlight of the celebration is the recognition program for Cadiz natives who have gained significant achievements in their respective endeavors.

Also scheduled are the environment awareness, Ginoong Cadiz competition, a dog show and contest among festival kiosks for their waste segregation management compliance.*

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Lights of Bago
Photo Tilt Winners

Three Bacolod City residents topped the Lights of Bago Photo Contest.

The winners of the competition, held as a highlight of the Jan. 1 Lights of Bago Festival, were awarded in a program held in Bago City on Friday.

Ace Balboa, Bago City information officer, said the Top Three photographers in the conventional category are Jesse Narrazo, John Kimwell Laluma and Romil Bernaje, who received P20,000, P15,000 and P10,000, respectively.

Five others were given P2,000 each as runners-up. They are Florence Nichol Villanueva, Roy Tan, Erwin Lim, Janne Marie Benavente and Kristopher John Robles.

In the mobile category, the Top Five winners, who were given P1,000 each, are Vanessa Robles, Ruel Cadigal, Krysha Rae Sia, Flozard Gedalanga and Kyle Allen Villanueva.

The entries of Benavente, Julie Andrew Varrera and Villanueva were named most popular among conventional category entries with 1.5 thousand, 1.3 thousand and 1.1 thousand Facebook likes, respectively, while in the mobile group, Ian Bel Lacson’s photo received 1.7 thousand likes while Jannella Mae Baroy’s had 1.6 thousand and Angela Paula Peligro’s photo had 1.3 thousand likes.

Lights of Bago, on its 11th year, was themed, “Beyond a Decade of Symphony and Thanksgiving”.

About 35,000 witnessed the event which has become a major year-opener event in the region.

The judges in the photo contest were New York-based Rosalie Quinto-Demigo, a Bago native, whose pictures have been featured by New York City Hubs, NBC, ABC and Fox New York; Billy Lopue, a multi-awarded photographer and president of the Camera Club of Negros; and Gary Lake Liza, audio-visual professional and owner of Leo Vision, a Bacolod-based photo-video service provider.

Balboa said the competition attracted about 80 entries.*

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