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Cadiz tidies up as Dinagsa peaks

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50TH DINAGSA. The Visita Zona, the procession on January 24 of Sto. Niño de Cadiz with the blessed statue leading the way, was among the activities where faith and revelry each had their own roles during the 50th Dinagsa Festival, which culminates in Cadiz City this weekend.* Bilis Cadiz photo

Cadiz City government officials and employees, led by Mayor Salvador Escalante, Jr., took extra effort to conduct a city-wide clean up drive four days prior to the Dinagsa Festival highlights on January 28, according to a press release from Cadiz PIO.

The cleanup activities all over the city proper included the three sub-poblacion barangays of Daga, Tinampaan and Banquerohan, which started from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on January 24.

“This is an extra effort to show extra welcome to our guests, visitors and revelers who will flock (dagsa) in our Cadiz on Sunday, January 28, for the highlight of our Golden Dinagsa Festival,” said Mayor Escalante.

“We want to show to everyone that Cadiz is literally clean,” he said.

With this, the mayor is optimistic that those who will be flocking to Cadiz in time for the Dinagsa will also be responsible enough to manage their wastes.

“Everyone is enjoined to come and celebrate with us during the peak of our 50th Dinagsa Festival. We have lots of activities to offer that you will surely enjoy,” Escalante said.

At the highlights on Sunday morning, eight tribal groups will be competing in the street and arena grand tribal dance competition.

The competition will mirror Cadiz’s past and present, dwelling on history, culture, tradition, and above all, faith in God via its patron and protector – Sr. Santo Nino De Cadiz.

This will be followed by a street party and concerts, with celebrity bands from Manila, expected to last until the next morning.

However, beyond the grand celebration, and amid the street parties, the mayor said they still need to maintain a clean environment conducive to the healthy lifestyle of Cadiznons.

Thus, the mayor stressed, “I hope our visitors and revelers alike will respect our mantra on cleanliness as part of our way of life in Cadiz.”*

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