Cavite City’s party loving people are now on the midst of elaborate preparations for the Annual Cavite City Water Festival or popularly known as REGADA. The festival’s moniker was derived from the Spanish word “regar” which means to water or to sprinkle. Held every 17th to 24th of June since 1996, it is a week long celebration that is full of culture and plain old fun. Of course, the theme is water.
Also called the “Water Festival”, the festival is comprised of games, street dancing, photo exhibit, trade fair, concert and water splashing. The festival is done three days from June 22-24 done in celebration of St. John the Baptist.
Over the years, we have seen more people attend the event. Not only because of its festive mood, but also because of the ecological implication and spiritual bonding that the people have come to experience during the affair.
The event’s finale will coincide with the Feast of Saint John The Baptist on the 24th. One that day, the city’s main thorougfare will be rigged with sprinklers and mobile sound systems get everyone in wet party mood – THE TUGTUGAN SA PAULAN and THE BASAYAWAN SA KALYE. This is probably the biggest wet party and the only wet street dancing in the country today. A fitting climax to the yearly festival is THE CARACOL NI SAN JUAN BAUTISTA where in the patron saint is led out on a fluvial parade from the bay to the festival’s PAULAN to bless the people and for the Cavitenos to give thanks.