FREEZE| Indak Indak sa Kadalanan

THE HISTORY of Davao City’s Kadayawan festival can be traced back in the seventies when then Mayor Elias B. Lopez, a Bagobo, initiated tribal festivals featuring the tribes of Davao showcasing their dances and thanksgiving rituals. The Apo Duwaling (from Mt. Apo, durian, and waling-waling orchid) festival was introduced by the local government in 1986 – and later called Kadayawan sa Dabaw in 1988.

DJ Jingo Camomot interviewing a couple of celebrities in 2005

DJ Jingo Camomot interviewing a couple of celebrities in 2005

Coincidentally, 1988 was also the year when Wild 92.3 WT FM was born and shocked the local radio world with special non-stop dance mixes that pleased the so-called class A to class E listeners. Dance music became the radio station’s major force to lead the ratings game for decades.

 The Kadayawan festival is known, among other lively activities, for street dancing called Indak Indak sa Kadalanan. Contingents from within and outside Davao City participate in this annual competition for pride and pesos. Close to three million pesos in cash have been allocated as prizes for this year’s Indak Indak sa Kadalanan.

 The 2017 Kadayawan street dancing competition (renamed Indak Indak sa Kadayawan) happens on Friday, 18 August 2017.

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