Davao Celebrates Kadayawan 2009

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Category: Events Posted: Saturday, August 15th, 2009
Kadayawan Floral Float Parade - a must-see event during Kadayawan Festival

Kadayawan Floral Float Parade - a must-see event during Kadayawan Festival

Davao City is now all set for its annual celebration of the Kadayawan festival with this year’s theme “Nahiusang Katawhan  Nakigdait sa Kalibutan” (“One People in  Communion with the  Earth”). The heritage land of the indigenous people has always been that significant through time. Davao as a homeland of these indigenous people served as the land where their existence evolved and it nestled in the Southern part of the Philippines. This celebration expresses gratitude for the gift of nature, richness of culture, tranquility of the land and for the bountiful harvests. It also strengthens the solidarity despite of trials and other disturbances. It proves that through the years, Davao still preserves its cultural heritage. Thus, continue to progress while paying tribute to the indigenous groups which has made Davao as the core of their existence. Due to the alarming climate change, this celebration awakens the people of Davao to be responsible to the call of time. And the Kadayawan of Davao 2009 is the reason of celebrating.

Kadayawan Street Dancing Competition

Kadayawan Street Dancing Competition

This year’s celebration has two main components:

1. Lumadnong Kasaulugan (Indigenous People’s Festival). This is the main part of the Kadayawan Festival.
2. Subay sa Lumadnong Kagikan (Contemporary Indigenous-motivated Celebrations). This event showcases the talent and skills of artists and communities that projects the culture and tradition of the indigenous people.

This celebration is headed by the Executive Committee, Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte, along with private sector co-chairman Lorenzo Te Jr.

Hereunder is the list of activities for this year’s 24th Kadayawan Festival:

1. Lumadnong Kasaulogan

Hulagway sa Kaliwatan: Indigenous Peoples Visual Arts Exhibit-August 17-September 17, 2009 at Museo Dabawenyo

Panagtagbo- August 20-21, 2009 at Peoples Park and Rizal Park

The ten tribes of Davao City namely the Ata Manobo, Ubo Manobo, K’lata, Tagabawa, Matigsalog, Maranao, Maguindanao, Tausug, Sama and Kalagan celebrate their oneness despite of the diversity by thanksgiving and showcasing great performances.

Hiyas sa Kadayawan- August 16, 2009 at Gaisano Mall of Davao
Tugtogan sa Kahiusahan (Mindanao Indigenous Peoples Music Festival)-August 22, 2009 at Peoples’ Park

2. Subay sa Lumadnong Kagikan

Tunog Mindanaw (World Music Festival)-August 18, 2009, NCCC Mall (This event is open to all Mindanaoan composers and writers)

Moda Mindanaw: Fashion and Floral Design Competition-August 16, 2009, Gaisano Mall of Davao

Sayaw Mindanaw: The Mindanao Dance Competition-August 18-20, 2009, SM City Davao

Indak Indak sa Kadalanan: Street Dancing Competition & Mindanao Festival Showcases-August 22, 2009 – Downtown streets

Pamulak Kadayawan: Floral Float and Parade Competition-August 23, 2009, Downtown streets

Kalasikas: Contemporary Music and Dance Concerts at the Park-August 17-23, 2009 at Peoples Park

Pakonsyerto ni Mayor Rody ug Vice-Mayor Sara sa Kadayawan-August 23, 2009 at Rizal Park

Special Events

Dawow: Dayaw – Subay sa Suba – August 21, 2008, Tionko Field/Davao River

Baylehan  sa Katawhan – August 23, 2009, San Pedro Street  (Kasadalanan)-August 29-30 – Streets of Davao

Hudyakaan – Street Party – August 17-23, 2009 –  Bolton Street

Experience the fun and join as Davao celebrates the Kadayawan Festival from August 16-23. Enjoy the food, smell the flowers, see the beauty of this festivity and be as one as Davao celebrates its thanksgiving to the Mother Earth.

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