Agusan del Norte

Dagkot Festival

Dagkot Festival is a cultural and religious festival in Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte, Philippines every February 2. It is held in conjunction with the feast day of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria (Our Lady of Candles), the patroness of the city.

The date may be a special nonworking holiday in the city by virtue of presidential proclamations (such as Proclamation No. 458 in 2024).

Cabadbaran City also celebrates the Charter Day celebration every July 28.


Dagkot Festival comes from the word dagkot, which means lighting the candle.

History of Dagkot Festival

Dagkot Festival was launched during the administration of Mayor Dale Corvera in 2008.

Devotion to Our Lady of Candles

Dagkot Festival is an expression of faith and devotion to Our Lady of Candles, the patroness of Cabadbaran City and titular of the Virgen de la Candelaria Parish Church.

The devotion began during the spread of Christianity in northern Mindanao in Spanish colonial times. Cabadbaran was one of the locations in Mindanao that fell under foreign rule.

The Spaniards claimed a stake in this part of Agusan and named it La Reunion de Cabarbaran in 1867. In accordance to the systematized organization of colonial settlements, it was made into a reducciones until it was dissolved in 1879. People returned to their place of origin while others moved to Tubay.

Fr. Saturnino Urios re-established the settlement in between 1880 and 1881. He renamed it to Tolosa after his hometown in Spain. With the colonial government in place that came with the appointment of teniente del barrio in the person of Eduardo Curato, it was made into a town on January 31, 1894.

The Virgen de la Candelaria Parish was established in November 17, 1913.

Dagkot Festival Activities

Dagkot Festival activities include religious and non-religious events. Religious services are held at the Roman Catholic church, while festivities are organized by the city government. Some of the mainstays are beauty pageant (Miss Cabadbaran City), trade fair, street dancing competitions, grand parade, and sports.

How to reach Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte

The nearest airport is Butuan Airport, which is about twenty kilometers away.


Dagkot Festival Summary

NameDagkot Festival
CelebrationCulture, Religion
DateFebruary 2
Duration1 week
FounderDale Corvera
LocationCabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte
OrganizerCity Government of Cabadbaran
PatronOur Lady of Candles
ReligionRoman Catholic