The annual grandest festival will be a month-long festivity
DAVAO City celebrates its annual grandest festival this August with numerous activities that will give tribute to the 11 tribes or the indigenous communities of Davao City that shaped the history of the city.
The 11 tribes include Ata, Iranun, Kagan, Klata-Guiangan, Maguindanaon, Maranao, Matigsalog, Ovu-Manuvo, Sama, Tagabawa, and Taosug (See related story on page 5)
As annual festival celebrating the city’s indigenous communities, it also takes place at the time of the year when the city sees a bountiful harvest of of fruits identified with Davao including durian , mangosteen, lanzones, and rambutan.
During the recent launch of the 34th Kadayawan Festival at Dusit Hotel, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte acknowledged the importance and history of this much anticipated event.
“We celebrated it annually not just to give Dabawenyos a reason to celebrate; we do it so we do not forget where we come from and what blessings we have received through the years, blessings which we continue to receive today,” Mayor Sara said.
She also invited everyone across the globe to come and visit Davao to experience the sights and flavors of Davao. She also encourages all Dabawenyos including the Lumads, Muslims and Christians not only to enjoy the festivities “but to use Kadayawan as an opportunity to continue to learn about one another, about what makes our culture unique and similar.”
Meanwhile, City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) Chief Gene Rose Tecson said the Kadayawan will focus on the Bantawan of cultural shows showcasing the traditions and dances of the city’s 11 tribes while Dula Kadayawan will focus on the tribal games.
“This Kadayawan is different, as we have spread out the events during the weekends of the whole month of August to ensure the city will be able to accommodate more visitors during the Kadayawan month,” she said.
On August 2, Subang Sinugdanan ug Pag-abli sa Kadayawan or the re-enactment of convergence of the 11 tribes officially opened the Kadayawan Festival at the Magsaysay Park after the Misa ng Pasasalamat.
Malacañang has declared August 16 a non-working holiday in Davao City in celebration of the Kadayawan Festival. This is in accordance with Proclamation 774 signed on July 29 by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea following a request from the city’s Sangguniang Panlungsod.
“It is but fitting and proper that the people of the City of Davao be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies,” the proclamation stated.
This year’s Kadayawan Festival will be a month-long celebration to give opportunity to visiting guests may also enjoy to travel around the city.
In line with this, City Tourism Officer Tecson explained that the budget for the festivity increased from P60 million last year to about P70 to P75 million.
Around 250,000 tourists, both local and foreign, are anticipated to join the Kadayawan Festival that becomes bigger and grander with each passing year.
In a copy of Kadayawan 2019 events, some events like the Kadayawan Village, Kadayawan sa Davao Light Show, and Agri-trade fair started on August 1.
Kadayawan Village displays the replica houses of the 11 tribes of Davao showcasing their their crafts and a taste of their special delicacies from August 1 to 31 at Magsaysay Park.
Two highlight events of the festival has also changed. Indak-indak sa Kadayawan, will be happening on August 17, Saturday; while Pamulak sa Kadayawan will be in the following week, August 24.
Some events for this year’s festival were also made even bigger.
Habi Kadayawan, a fashion and design competition, showcases the “rich and diverse culture and heritage” of the 11 tribes of Davao.
Other exciting events to watch out for are Dula Kadayawan, Sayaw Kadayawan, Tunog Kadayawan, Kadayawan Dragon Boat Festival, Pitik Kadayawan drumbeating competition; and Mugna Kadayawan 2019, an on-the-spot wall art competition.
This year’s Hiyas ng Kadayawan will be crowned on August 11. For more details, see schedule of activities below.