Roasted calf feast

City prepares 50 lechon baka for participants, spectators

IT’S A roasted calf feast for Araw ng Davao today.

The city government, in collaboration with the Pilipinong May Puso Foundation and Petron Foundation, is preparing 50 lechon baka (roasted calf)to be distributed to the revelers of the founding celebration today.

The lechon baka will be prepared in food packs and shared to the participants and spectators after the Parada Dabawenyo which will end at noon.

According to parade manager Edwin Alparaque, they will distribute 10,000 food packs starting 11 a.m. to people who will line up in the stretch of CM Recto Street – starting from the corner of San Pedro Street up to Rizal Street.

Alparaque said he hopes for an orderly row of people to receive the food packs.

The Parada Dabawenyo is among the highlights of this year’s celebration of the Araw ng Davao with a total of 362 contingents participating.

“I am encouraging all Dabawenyos to join us during lunch. Fifty lechon baka will be given by the Pilipinong May Puso Foundation and Petron Foundation for us to enjoy,” Mayor Sara Duterte said during the Araw ng Empleyado on Wednesday.

Lawyer Raul Nadela Jr., the Mayor’s chief of staff, said the distribution of the food packs is a show of appreciation to those who would go outside and join the city’s celebration of the 81st Araw ng Davao.

“The City Government is thankful to those people who will really come and join us in our celebration. The Araw ng Davao is for them,” Nadela said in a press statement.

The Pilipinong May Puso Foundation and Petron Foundation also partnered with the city government in previous activities, such as the provision of relief goods to residents affected by past calamities. Both are also Gold Partners of Davao City in this year’s celebration.


Security forces are in full alert status today to provide safety in the city.

Sr. Insp. Maria Teresita Gaspan, spokesperson of Davao City Police Office (DCPO), said they imposed a maximum deployment in areas where various activities are conducted for the celebration of the Araw ng Davao.

“We’re also deploying route safety marshals,” Gaspan said.

Around 5,000 security forces will be deployed today for the Parada Dabawenyo.

She said the DCPO will be augmented by forces from the Regional Mobile Force Battalion and Police Provincial Offices.

Gaspan said the security measures in far-flung areas in the city remain the same.

Like in previous celebrations, spectators are also prohibited to bring bladed weapons, backpacks, firearms, canisters and bottled water.

Gaspan said they don’t have a baggage area where spectators can deposit backpacks as the police will focus on security coverage.