Kadalag-an Festival, also called Victorias City Charter Day, celebrates the cityhood of Victorias City, Negros Occidental, Philippines every March 21. The twenty-first of March every year is a special nonworking holiday in the city by virtue of Republic Act No. 9643 that was signed by approved by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on June 11, 2009.
History of Victorias City
Victorias City is one of the component cities in Western Visayas, a region that is composed of the provinces Negros Occidental, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, and Iloilo. It is the site of Southeast Asia’s largest sugar mill and refinery.
Its beginnings can be traced to the the old settlement by the estuary of Malihaw River and it was inhabited mostly by fishing community. Called Tugkagawaan and then Malihaw, it attained its currrent name as inspired by reported apparition of Nuestra Señora de las Victorias. According to tradition, the Lady appeared to people who needed succor (such when the abducted family of a chieftain successfully escaped from their Moro captors through her intercession) and defended the lands from pirate attacks.
Victorias became a city pursuant to Republic Act No. 8488, otherwise known as “An Act Converting the Municipality of Victorias, Negros Occiddental, into a Component City to be known as the City of Victorias.” It was approved by President Fidel V. Ramos on February 11, 1998 and ratified through a plebiscite on March 21 of the same year. This is the date that the Charter Day celebration commemorates every year.
In time for the charter day commemoration, Kadalag-an Festival is held. Derived from the local word for triumph or victory, it refers to the resilience of its people and the city amidst tribulations and a celebration of the city’s culture and tradition.
It also pays tribute to Nuestra Señora delas Victorias, the patron saint of the city, and her intercession that reportedly helped mold the destiny, identity, and culture of the city. Through the Kadalag-an street dance and performance, it narrates the oft-repeated story of escape of chieftain’s spouse at the hands of Moro raiders, the importance of sugar industry in the lives of its citizens, and devotion to the patroness.
Kadalag-an Festival Activities
Due to Covid-19, public celebrations were muted starting in 2020. Kadalag-an Festival was restaged in 2023 with sports events slated as early as March 10. Official kick-off activities began in March 17 and ended in March 21.
Some of the festival events are Kadalag-an Queen where the best female candidate in the beauty pageant can bring home the prestigious title and crown. Charter Day programs include parade, float competition, and appropriate rites to remember the historic transformation of Victorias to a city in 1998.
Other activities include mass wedding, cheer dance competitions, awards and recognition, parties, concerts, variety shows, cultural presentations, talent contests such as Tingog sang Kadalag-an (Voice of Kadalag-an), fireworks display, live bands, art exhibit, motorcade, etc.
How to reach Victorias City, Negros Occidental
The most convenient is through Bacolod-Silay Airport. You may take a bus ride that will take you to Victorias City.
- Nanette Guadalquiver. Victorias City seeks heritage site tag for gov’t building. Philippine News Agency. March 17, 2023. Retrieved March 20, 2023
- History and Legend. City Government of Victorias. Retrieved March 20, 2023
- REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8488, February 11, 1998. Supreme Court of the Philippines. Retrieved March 21, 2023
- Republic Act No. 9643. Official Gazette. Retrieved March 21, 2023
- Kadalag-an Festival kicks off Saturday. Sunstar. March 13, 2019. Retrieved March 21, 2023
- Juliet S. Trujillo. Performed Cultural Narrative of Kadalag-an Festival: The Representation of Identity. IJMSSSSR 2022 Volume 4 Issue 2 March – April. Retrieved March 21, 2023
Kadalag-an Festival Summary
Name Kadalag-an Festival Celebration Charter Day Contact 399 3627 Country Philippines Date March 21 Duration 5 days Email email@example.com Established 1998 Facebook www.facebook.com Historical event Conversion of Victorias from municipality to a city Instagram www.instagram.com Location Victorias City, Negros Occidental Organizer City Government of Victorias Twitter mobile.twitter.com Website victoriascity.gov.ph
|Historical event||Conversion of Victorias from municipality to a city|
|Location||Victorias City, Negros Occidental|
|Organizer||City Government of Victorias|