Thursday, June 12, 2014

Kadayawan Festival 2014 in Davao

Last year, Kadayawan Festival was a successful and peaceful event in Davao, which highlighted floral floats, street-dancing competitions and exhibits that showcases the island's tourism products and services.

Credits to Kadayawan Festival FB page

The Kadayawan Festival is an annual festival in the city of Davao in the Philippines, which is celebrated every third week of August. Its name derives from the friendly greeting "Madayaw", from the Dabawenyo word "dayaw", meaning good, valuable, superior or beautiful.  The festival is a weeklong celebration and thanksgiving for nature’s bountiful harvest.

Dubbed as King of Festivals, Kadayawan features floats of fresh fruits and beautiful flowers, horse fighting and street dancing in colorful costumes or so called indak-indak sa kadalanan.

Meanhwile, the history of the festival began from a government-initiated program called “Unlad Proyekto Davao” in 1986, which was initiated by the government which was aimed to unite the Dabawenyos after the turbulent Martial Law era.  At that time, the festival was called "Apo Duwaling," a name created from the famous icons of Davao: Mt. Apo, the country's highest peak; Durian, the king of fruits; and Waling-waling, the queen of orchids. In 1988, the festival was renamed “Kadayawan sa Dabaw” by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to celebrate to celebrate the bountiful harvest of Davao's flowers, fruits and other produce as well as the wealth of the city's cultures. 

Today, Kadayawan has transformed into a festival of festivals, with a number of spin-off festivals in the region. The festival honors Davao's artistic, cultural and historical heritage, its past personified by the ancestral Lumad people, its people as they celebrate on the streets, and its floral industry as its representatives parade in full regalia in thanksgiving for the blessings granted on the city.

In 2013,  thousands of local and foreign tourists attended the event. Most of them really enjoyed the Kadayawan’s Indak-indak and Pamulak sa Kadayawan.

I'm sure everyone will definitely enjoy watching the colorful fluvial parade with variety of tribes dancing in the streets with their tribal costumes and jewelry for this year's festival, which is scheduled on August 11-17.

The Kadayawan Festival’s Schedule of Activities for 2014 is not yet announced. So you better watch out for that.

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