Six years ago I wrote a blog entry here regarding my growing dismay on Regada. This was my closing paragraph of that blog entry...
That time my issue is the drunkenness and rowdiness of the men and teenagers under the influence of alcohol and how the festival became too commercialized that it lost the real essence of it. Today I am writing an entry again since Regada turned from worse to worst.
The past few years sexy girls became the main attraction and what is more worst this year a well known "porno star" as highlight. Proudly beside are photos circulated online with the smiling city male government officials/organizers who look so proud like they've won bigtime in lottery with the popular porno star in their trophy payabangang selfies. Sus Maria Ginoo!
And what could have added more insult to the injury there was no basnig and fluvial parade held for the very first time.
In the video above we can see St. John The Baptist was just merely splashed with water in the sea. I'm not sure if the rumors are true that there was a mishap in the permit that's why it was not allowed for the traditional fluvial parade.Then the karakol for the first time took a different shortcut route. It was not even passed in the Main road to the dismay of many Caviteños who waited.
It's hard to promote an event whose real meaning was lost and not seems to be understood by whoever is handling the festival nowadays. It is a total dismay what happened to Regada 2016. Hoping next year bumawi na sana ang organizers at umayos naman. Problem really is when ang pagmamahal ng officials ay para sa sariling papeymus at showbiz na kapakanan rather than sa siyudad sampu ng kultura at tradisyon nito na dapat na nililinang at patuloy na sinusulong. Bring the solemnity St. John The Baptist which should have been the main highlight of the festival.
Video c/o : Jan Joseph Gonzales Bernal FB