– Annual Dinagat festival in Cebu celebrates Cordova heritage
07/13/2010 announces the annual Dinagat festival, set for August 5th, 2010 in Cordova, Cebu

Online PR News – 13-July-2010 – – The festival is Cordova’s celebration to honour the sea, which provides the town’s livelihood and contributes significantly to the region’s heritage and history.

Dinagat takes its name from the Filipino word for sea, ‘dagat.’ The festival celebrates fishing and the bounties of the sea. It is also aimed at instilling a deep respect for marine life, awareness of the need to protect fragile marine resources, and to inspire conservation efforts from local, national, and international organisations.

Traditional dances and rituals highlight legends, myths, folk tales, and Cebuano history. Key events and activities include the Bakasi Dance, a traditional ritual in which dancers imitate the graceful gliding motion of the bakasi, a saltwater eel found in abundance in the region; a bakasi race; and a cooking contest in which competitors vie for the title with various bakasi recipes.

The Dinagat festival is an excellent way for foreign tourists to get a genuine feel for the heritage and culture of this rich, exciting area.
Cebu hotels provide excellent accommodation, but the festival is a popular attraction for eco-tourists and visitors from all over the Philippines. Travellers who wish to visit Cordova for Dinagat should plan their trip well in advance to ensure the best possible rooms and rates.

“Cordova is a lovely coastal town with a wonderful history,” said Lek Boonlert, head of marketing for “Visitors should definitely not miss the Dinagat festival.”


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