Festival The grandest Regada Water Festival will return for a week-long celebration from June 17 to 24, 2023 in Cavite City after it was halted due to the pandemic. (2019 File photo)

Regada Water Festival is back

June 1, 2023 Dennis Abrina 340 views

CAVITE CITY – The “Regada Water Festival” will resume again for a week-long celebration from June 17 to 24 in the historic Cavite City.

The Regada Festival is held annually in the said city of “2 Bays” during the Feast of San Juan after being temporarily suspended for three years due to the entry of the COVID-19 pandemic into the country.

The Cavite City government, under the leadership of Mayor Denver Chua and the Tourism Department here, laid out a week-long program “full of fun” that will start on June 17, Saturday with their kick-off party along the Julian Felipe monument to McDonald’s Ronquillo at 4 p.m.

The highlights of the said festival will be held on June 24, Saturday, the Feast Day of St. John the Baptist, to be held along P. Burgos Avenue (Regada Street) at 7 a.m. Water sprinklers will be deployed along the two-kilometer stretch of city streets.

There will be an LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) and Parade of Lights on June 18 from Ladislao Diwa Elementary School to PN at 4 p.m., Juego Caviteño (Palarong Caviteño) on June 19 at Samonte Park grounds; Exhibicion Del Artes Caviteño on June 20 at Samonte Park covered court; coastal clean-up drive with Binibining Pilipinas candidates.

A cooking contest at Cavite City Public Market at 3 p.m. (June 20); Comedy Night Show at Padre Pio on June 22 at 7 p.m. and Basayawan dance tilt on June 23 at Montano Hall track oval at 2 p.m.

There will also be a “Sayaw-Juan” Sayaw Alay at San Juan Dance Blast with a P10,000 cash prize for 1st place, P7,000 cash for 2nd place and P5,000 for 3rd place winners while P1,000 for each competing group and the finals will be on June 24.

It is estimated that more than 100,000 individuals, including local and foreign tourists, will participate in the said water festival that started in 1996, which is further entertained by the country’s famous local bands and artists.