KADALAG-AN FESTIVAL – the city celebrates its Charter Anniversary with Kadalag-an Festival – a dance drama as old as the city, conceptualized during the 1st charter anniversary. It is an emerging festival that showcases street dancers in colorful costumes. It is a week-long celebration that ends on March 21. Truly, Kadalag-an is the right word to crown the perseverance, hard work, cooperation and victory of Victoriahanons in facing the challenges of life. It symbolizes the many victories achieved by the people against adversities in life.
The town of Victorias was originally located in what is now known as Daan Banwa (Old Town), a fishing village beside Malihaw River and near its outlet to the sea.
During the Spanish era, the town was called Malihaw, a name taken from Malihaw trees which grew in abundance along the riverbanks. It was ruled by Capitan Gregorio Conlu, and Moro pirates and Tulisanes reigned unmolested.
One day, the Capitan’s household was robbed. He was able to escape together with his Secretary Alfonso Pachera, but his wife Capitana Tutang and their servant Micay were taken aboard the sailboat which immediately sailed for the open sea. When Capitana Tutang was asked whether she knew how to swim, she replied that she could not. And so she and her servant were thrown overboard while their vessel was just outside Malihaw’s river mouth.
The robbers sailed on believing that the two will be drowned. But that was not the case, for both women were good swimmers. While struggling in the water, Capitana Tutang saw a beautiful lady she believed was the Blessed Virgin Mary.
When she reached home she prayed and promised to buy an image of the Lady who helped her. But having been divested of their possessions, it took several months of careful savings to be able to purchase the image from Barcelona, Spain. However, since she did not specify what image she wanted, Capitana Tutang received the statue of the Nuestra Senora de las Victorias, which to her amazement held the likeness of the Lady who saved her and Micay from drowning. The inhabitants later proposed to change the name Malihaw to Nuestra Senora de las Victorias to perpetuate the miraculous incidents. They enjoined Capitan Gorio to ask the Governor to approve the change of name. The governor gave his consent, but retained only “Victorias” as the official name.
On February 11, 1998, Victorias became a component city when Republic Act No. 8488 was signed into law by then President Fidel V. Ramos. Witnessing the signing at Malacanang were officials of Victorias led by Mayor Severo A.Palanca and key officials of Congress.
A plebiscite for the ratification was held on March 21, 1998. On March 21, 1999, Victorias City celebrated its first anniversary.