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30th Kadayawan sa Davao

 30th kadayawan schedule

KADAYAWAN FESTIVAL 

Source:  http://davaotourism.com

Kadayawan Festival is an annual celebration in the City of Davao during the third (3rd) week of August. It is a celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and serenity of living. It also focuses on the multicolored mix of Davao and Mindanao’s indigenous communities as well as migrant settlers, whose identities make up the rich cultural heritage of this island.

It was said that, long time ago, Davao’s ethnic tribes residing at the foot of Mount Apo would converge during a bountiful harvest. This ritual serves as their thanksgiving to the gods particularly to the “Manama” (the Supreme Being).

Various farming implements, fruits, flowers, vegetables, rice and corn grains were displayed on mats as villagers give their respect and thanks for the year’s abundance. Singing, dancing and offerings to their divine protectors are the highlights of this ritual.

Although times have changed, this practice of thanksgiving or “pahinungod” is still very much practiced by modern day Davaoeños. This tradition flourished and evolved into an annual festival of thanksgiving.

In the 1970’s, Mayor Elias B. Lopez, a Bagobo, initiated tribal festivals featuring the Lumad and the Muslim tribes of Davao City where they showcase their dances and rituals of thanksgiving.

Later in 1986, a program called “Unlad Proyekto Davao” 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.

“Apo Duwaling” was meant to showcase the city as a peaceful destination to visit and to do business after 1986 EDSA Revolution.

Finally in 1988, City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte renamed the festival as “Kadayawan sa Dabaw” to celebrate the bountiful harvest of Davao’s flowers, fruits and other produce as well as the wealth of the city’s cultures. To this day, the festival continues to honor the city’s richness and diverse artistic, cultural and historical heritage in a grand celebration of thanksgiving for all of Davao City’s blessings.

Today

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. A celebration that interfaces the three aspects: tribal; industrial and; arts and entertainment. The festivities are highlighted with floral floats, street-dancing competitions and exhibits that showcases the island’s tourism products and services.

Kadayawan sa Dabaw (3rd week of August) is an enriching experience that explores the past, present and future of Davaoeños, Mindanaoans, and Filipinos. Its sights and sounds remain unparalleled. The Kadayawan is a celebration of thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of the harvest and the serenity of living. The festival pays tribute to Davao’s artistic, cultural and historical heritage. Exciting events include the search for the “Hiyas sa Kadayawan,” the festival symbol who will epitomize the beauty and richness of Mindanawon fashion and floral arts. Festival highlights include a river festival, an indigenous music exhibition, dance competitions, a trade fair, food and music parties, street dancing and a floral float parade.

Kadayawan Festival  is an annual celebration in the City of Davao during the third (3rd) week of August. It is a celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and serenity of living. It also focuses on the multicolored mix of Davao and Mindanao’s indigenous communities as well as migrant settlers, whose identities make up the rich cultural heritage of this island.

The Festival’s activities include:

HUDYAKAAN SA KADAYAWAN

  • A 3- week long food and beverage market within Rizal Park that offers local cuisines to tourists and guests every night.

OPENING CEREMONIES

  • An ecumenical ceremony in thanksgiving for a year of blessing and bounty. This also marks the start of the Kadayawan activities.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS

  • Environmental projects will be done in thanksgiving to the goodness of nature.

LUMADNONG GAMA

  • A showcase of indigenous people’s artifacts, wares, products and cuisines.

DAYAW MARKET

  • A two- week market showcasing Davao’s products. These products are homegrown, some in organic farms and are also environmentally friendly.

LUMADNONG BANTAWAN

  • Tribal performances in different locations of the downtown area filled with music and dancing will be brought for public viewing, courtesy of the city’s ten tribes.

TUNOG MINDANAW

  • A music competition bringing together different Mindanaoan musicians and composers.

HIYAS SA KADAYAWAN

  • A contest to find the Festival Gem of Davao, the Hiyas sa Kadayawan will be participated in by the members of the ten indigenous tribes of the city.

IP GRAND PERFORMANCE

  • The Indigenous People’s Performance is a grand show of the culture and practices and way of living of the ten indigenous tribes.

INDAK – INDAK SA KADALANAN

  • A street dancing competition along Davao’s major thoroughfares will culminate in a grand showdown in the Rizal Park area.

PAHALIPAY CONCERT

  • The Pahalipay Concerts will feature various local and national artists in different barangays in the city.

PAMULAK SA KADAYAWAN

  • A grand parade of floral floats from competing and non competing entries will be staged at the city’s major thoroughfares.
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