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LAMHITANAY. The much-awaited “lamhitanay sa dalan” is easily associated with the Cadiz City Dinagsa Festival, in honor of its patron saint, Senor Santo Nino de Cadiz.* Bilis Cadiz file photo

The city government of Cadiz City in Negros Occidental will launch its 50th Dinagsa Festival, on Janurary 12, with festivities to last 17 days.

It will start at 3:30 p.m. today with a motorcade around the Cadiz City poblacion, to be followed by the official launching of the 50th Dinagsa Festival, which will be led by Mayor Salvador Escalante, Jr. at the city’s grandstand.

Simultaneously, the Fiesta Fair along San Juan Street, where locally produced products will be showcased and sold, will also open.

The presentation of 10 candidates vying for this year’s Dinagsa Queen crown will follow, which is expected to enliven the kick-off ceremony. At 7PM, the Patikanay “Neon” Drum Beating Competition will take center stage, followed by a street party.

Capping the night will be a grand fireworks display.

Mayor Escalante invited everyone to come and feel the “vibes” of the city’s Golden Dinagsa.

“This is just the beginning, and we promise to showcase more fantastic events in the coming days,” the mayor said.

Beyond the opening, the Golden Dinagsa will also be highlighted by various sporting events that include “Palumba Bugsay” and the “Paralympiada” for kids with special needs.

“Paralympiada is our simple way to honor our patron saint, Señor Santo de Cadiz, thus it has a special place in our hearts.” Escalante said.

A province-wide painting competition open to all professional and amateur artists in Negros Occidental is slated on Jan. 20, with a P100,000 cash prize awaiting the grand winner, he added.

Dinagsa’s Sinaot Cadiznon Street Dance Competition and the much-awaited “lamhitanay sa dalan” will “colorize” the final day on Jan. 28.

“So, what are you waiting for? Come to Cadiz kag mag-Dinagsa na mag-lamhitanay kita!” Escalante capped.*

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