Scene City | 33rd Kadayawan launched

Known as the “King of Festivals” all throughout Mindanao and now even worldwide, its tribal colors and cultural heritage theme has drawn domestic and foreign tourists to Davao City.

Last Monday, July 09, 2018, Mayor Sarah Duterte-Carpio was guest of honor at the Media Launch of the Festival held at the Marco Polo Davao Hotel. Generose Tecson of the Davao City Tourism Office was around for the launch, together with Ronald Go, DATA Spokesperson of the Kadayawan Committee. Gatchie Gatchalian, Festival Director gave a brief talk on the festival events and introduced the various working committees of the Execom. Tribal chiefs graced the occasion to show their cooperation and participation for the success of the festival.

Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio posing with several dignitaries

Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio posing with several dignitaries

Eleven ethnic tribes highlight their costumes, dances, musical instruments, tribal sports and culinary expertise in various colorful events during the week of the festival.

Since Kadayawan means everything that is good, it is also a celebration of thanksgiving for bountiful harvest of fruits, flowers and favorable weather in this part of the country where there are no typhoons that destroy our farms and livestock. “Madayaw” is the root word used by the tribes in Davao Oriental and surrounding provinces where the festival name was derived.

Fruits in season such as mangosteen, lanzones, durian, marang, rambutan fill the streets as this is the peak of the harvest in this part of Mindanao.

Davao icons such as the Philippine Eagle, the Vanda Sanderiana, an endemic orchid known as “Waling-Waling” and the majestic Mt. Apo are seen as parts of dances, art competition, parade of fruits and flowers or “Pamulak”. A Hiyas or maiden chosen for her beauty and talents is crowned to reign during the festival. (Photo Credits: Ambo Mesias)

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