The Dinagat Festival, formerly known as the Bakasi Festival, is held annually in August in Cordova, Cebu. During this celebration, Cordovanhons honor Sr. San Roque, the municipality Patron Saint. This festival is held in honor of the sea, Dinagat defined as pertaining to the sea. This festival is the time of the year when the townsfolk show their gratitude for bountiful harvest they have received from the sea. This is because the main livelihood of Cordova has always been, then and now, fishing. The festival was lunched in 2009. In the festival, the dance of the participants depict the gliding movement of the Bakasi. Other attractions of the event also include the Bakasi race as well as a cooking contest to showcase the many ways of cooking and eating Bakasi. Upon entrance alone, you will be held in awe by the spectacular costumes and colors of the festival. It is during this time that you see the townsfolk, young and old, dress up as sea creatures for the competition. Their props also add to the feel of being with sea creatures. The common themes depicted in the Dinagat dances are folktales, livelihood, current events regarding the sea, and awareness raising. So if you want to get to know the Cordovanhons in one show, watch, enjoy, and be amazed by the Dinagat festival.
There are 14 contingents from different elementary and high schools in the municipality who will compete and grab the awaiting top prize for Sayaw sa Dalan, a street dancing competition, Pasundayag, dance drama showdown, Dinagat Festival Queen, beautiful queens of Cordova’s.
The Dinagat Festival was formerly known as Bakasi Festival. The annual festival was started last August 14, 1999. Showcasing the livelihood and fishing culture of the Cordovanhons which is abundant of rich marine resources and pride for Cordova eel of Bakasi.