Davao City is once again celebrating its Kadayawan Festival this month. Kadayawan is an annual celebration that showcases the bounties of harvest, richness of culture and thanksgiving for the gifts of nature.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors are flocking to Davao just to witness this grand and colorful occasion. Davao is blessed with fine weather and fertile land making it abundant in flowers like orchids and fruits like durian, pomelo and mangoesteen.
Kadayawan is truly the most awaited event in Davao.
Among the activities are as follows:
Hiyas sa Kadayawan
Hiyas sa Kadayawan is the search for the indigenous young lass who will represent her tribal minority with indigenous knowledge through a display of myths and legends. This year, ten young women from their respective distinguished tribes will vie for the title.
Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan
The Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan will showcase the different festivals of Mindanao through street dancing. Dance contingents will present their artistic interpretations of traditional tribal dances right on the streets of downtown.
Fashion designers all over Mindanao will gather to compete in a fashion design extravaganza of indigenous-inspired wearable items using local fabric and organic fibers. This event will also feature floral accessories and bouquets created by Davao-based floral artists.
Composers and songwriters will gather together to showcase their famous yet indigenous music compositions.
This is a week-long food street activity and best for food trippers. This event will also feature nightly entertainment with the participation of both local and nationally-renowned music bands.
Dayaw Dabaw Street Market
This 10-day event will feature the bounties of Davao. It will showcase Davao fruit growers and Davao’s best products and will be put up on Palma Gil Street. The night market will be open staring from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. Entertainment and food items will also be available for visitors.
This is the grand finale of the Kadayawan Festival. The event will feature the blooming of flowers and abundance of fruits through a floral float parade and competition.
For a complete list of this year’s Kadayawan activities, please visit Kadayawan 2011 schedule of activities post.
Photo courtesy of S.J. Pineda