The northern town of Sogod is more known for its beach resorts, cold and hot springs, and waterfalls. The name of the town means “start” in Cebuano and refers to the point where the white sand beaches of the north meet the brown sand beaches in the south.
The Panagsogod Festival of the town is celebrated every July 25 and is held in honor of the patron saint of the town, St. James the Apostle. It is also a way of giving thanks by the residents of the town for the blessings they receive each year. The term “panagsogod” means the beginning in Cebuano.
The festival opens with a street dancing competition held along the main roads of the town. Different contingents wear colorful costumes and compete with each other to earn the distinction of being the best in the festival. The competition culminates at the Sports Plaza Grounds of the town where a ritual showdown is held among the participating contingents.
You can hop on a bus or van for hire headed for the town at the Cebu North Bus Terminal. If you are planning to go to Sogod for the Panagsogod Festival, you may consider going there a day or two before the street dancing competition so you have time to prepare as well as get to see some of the sights in the town.