Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Experience the Kadayawan Festival

Davao is very alive every third week of August because it celebrates their festival called “Kadayawan sa Dabaw”. The “Kadayawan sa Dabaw” festival is one of the popular and also world renowned fiesta in the Philippines. The festival is celebrated together with the harvesting of fruits and blooming of flowers. The festivities are kick off with tribal dances and music with “Indak indak sa Kadalanan” (street dancing). The Festival is highlighted with streetdancing in which the performers where gracelful and colorful ethnic-inspired garments with Floral Float Parade, which features floral and agricultural bounties.

Held every August, Kadayawan does not only involve the promotion of investment and tourism in Davao and Mindanao; it aims as well to promote arts and culture and mold creative individuals. The festival manifests Davao's committed effort in nurturing of culture, understanding of history and appreciating art as part of the city’s total development.

Kadayawan is a celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and serenity of living. Institutionalized in 1986 to unite the Dabawenyos after the turbulent Martial Law years. It was then called “Apo Duwaling”, a contraction of the famous icons of the city – namely Mt. Apo, Durian and Waling-waling. Two years later, it was renamed “Kadayawan sa Dabaw” to better reflect the merry spirit and indigenous theme of the celebration.Today, Kadayawan has metamorphosed into a festival of festivals, the mother of may other festivals in the region.

To showcase the interlacing prides and wonders of Davao and Mindanao various cultural events like (Festival Opening and Promenade), Tingog Kadayawan (Concert of 200 Voices), Tugtog World Music Festival (World Music Festival), Hiyas sa Kadayawan (Search for Festival Symbol), Urog Etnika (Mindanao Fashion Showcase), Suba sa Kinabuhi (Davao River Festival), Agongan ug Kulintangan (Indigenous Music Festival), Sayaw Mindanaw (Mindanao Indigenous Dance Festival), Indak-indak sa Kadalanan (Whole Day Street Dancing), Yanog ug Yugyugan sa Kadalanan (Street Disco),Halad (Floral Float Parade) and Banda Lanog (Parade Band Competition) are held with the full attention of the Dabawenyos and tourists alike.

In “Kadayawan sa Dabaw”, you will experience and explore the past, present and future of the DavaoeƱos, the Mindanaoans, the Filipinos. Be part of the festivities and experience the enchanting moment of the cultural, artistic and historical heritage of Davao.

“Du-aw na sa Dabaw! Duyog sa Kadayawan! Maglingaw-lingaw ta!”


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