After weeks of short blogging hiatus , I am finally back! Here comes an overdue post about the most recent festival here in my hometown! Regada Water Festival is seemingly starting to make name and is now being recognized in other parts of the country. Regada is one of the most festive events in Cavite City and is being celebrated annually in honor of St John The Baptist.Tracing its roots, Regada Water Festival is relatively new. The festival started in 1996 during the term of the late mayor Tim Encarnacion. The festival is often being compared to San Juan Batangas’ Wattah Wattah Festival which started during the term of Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada (1969). The term Wattah Wattah however just came up in early 2000 during the term of JV Ejercito. Although both Fiesta shares a lot of similarities including the date and the way the event is being celebrated, Regada is special on its own way. The term itself (it came from a Spanish word “Regar” which means “to water or the sprinkle”) make this festival a lot more distinctive from the famous water festival of Batangas.One of the most interesting highlights of this two-week celebration is the “Basayawan” where they close the street and install sprinklers. The event currently hold the longest sprinkler installation in the country which reaches up to 1 kilometer. Aside from the water sprinklers and water splashing activities (where people armed themselves with water guns ) the main event has a lot of interesting activities to offer. You’ll find activity booths from one end to another. You’ll get a chance to listen to different bands performing, you can also participate with various contests and more. This guy in his flamboyant costume is one of the participants in Regada’s costume contest!Creativity and resourcefulness at its finest!This one can go unnoticed!How about this colorful costume? You can really tell how much effort they offered just to come up with such flamboyant costumes right? Much like the previous celebrations, there were street dancing competitions which involves different representatives from different schools and baranggay!As expected, people gathered on the event area and the crowd was simply overwhelming!Sprinklers in action!You’ll find waterguns for sale almost ever where and if you are on a tight budget, you can avail water-filled plastic bags for just a peso or two!Aside from the Sprinklers, you can also find fire trucks splashing overwhelming amount of water to people!Just look at these kids having a blast!My brother armed himself with his own watergun!People cheering and begging the firemen to splash more water to them!Firetrucks splashing water generously to people!Me and my family had so much blast this year! And I bet this kid too!Another activity that took my attention is the Skimboarding competition!It was indeed a great Regada festival this year! Not to mention their celebrity guests that added more hype including Maria Ozawa and Gloc-9!