The Cadiz City Ati-Atihan Festival began in the year 1972. It was the brainchild of some of the members of the Samaria House Council of Cadiz City, a lay religious organization of the Catholic Church. The festival was a product of exigency, as some of the members of the Council were alarmed with the popular habit of the local residents to gamble in cockfights rather than offering homage to the City’s Patron, during the Feast of the Santo Niño. As if stricken by a flash of genius, the founding fathers of Cadiz Ati-Atihan thought of a way by which the feast of their Patron may be truly celebrated by acts of gratitude and praises, rather than by cockfights. These founding fathers, led by Msgr. Vicente Salgado, the then Parish Priest of the Sto. Niño Parish made history. It was then that the Cadiz City Ati-Atihan Festival came into being.
In its first year of presentation, there were thirteen (13) participating tribes, namely: Paghidaet of the Barangay Sang Birhen and the Samaria House of Council, the Luy-a tribe, now well known as the Querosan, the Simaraw of the Philippine Normal University (then Philippine Normal College), the Serwitu of the Cadiz City West Elementary School, the tribe of the Cadiz City High School, the Holy Infant Academy tribe, the Zepolragus of the Lopez Sugar Central, the tribe of Villa Cristina, the Lefungka of the Cadiz City Public Market, the Cadiz Viejo tribe, Tribu Hitalon of Barangay 6, the tribu Yab-Yab Dongol of Barangay 5 and the tribu Kawaynon.
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