KADAYAWAN FESTIVAL (Ten Tribes. One Vibe.)

The Kadayawan Festival is an annual festival in the city of Davao in the Philippines. Its name derives from the friendly greeting “Madayaw”, from the Dabawenyo word “dayaw”, meaning good, valuable, superior or beautiful. The festival 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 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).

Today, Kadayawan has transformed into the 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.

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Two of the festivals highlights that you shouldn’t miss:

INDAK – INDAK SA KADALANAN

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

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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Dazzling Davao City

Davao City  is a city in Mindanao, Philippines. It is the fourth-most-populous city in the Philippine  and the most populous in Mindanao, with a population of 1,449,296 people. It is the center of Metro Davao, the third most populous metropolitan area in the Philippines (as of 2010 Census with a population of 2.26 million, after Metro Manila’s 11.86 million and Metro Cebu’s 2.55 million).

With a total land area of 2,444 square kilometers, the city is the largest in the country in terms of land area. The city serves as the main trade, commerce, and industry hub of Mindanao and the regional center for Davao region. Davao is home to Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines. Davao is also known as the “Durian Capital” of the Philippines. Davao Gulf, provides a living for many fishermen. Some of the fish products include: yellow fin tuna, brackish water milkfish, tilapia, shrimp, and crab. For geographical and statistical purposes, Davao City is grouped with the province of Davao del Sur but is governed independently from it.

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WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO DO:

LUN WA BUDDHIST TEMPLE AND JACK’S RIDGE RESTAURANT

DAVAO CROCODILE FARM, BUTTERFLY HOUSE AND ORCHID SHOP

WHERE TO DINE:

DINE AT TRIBU K’MINDANAWAN

 

Tip: (watch their cultural show every 12:00 nn and learn how to play the Kulintang)

WHERE TO STAY:

I will highly recommend North Zen, it has 44 air-condioned rooms to accommodate.

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