Showcasing flowers, bountiful harvest

THE CITY boasts of the grandiose floral float parade, Pamulak Kadayawan, where it features bountiful harvests and colorful flowers.

The annual floral float parade that is set to be conducted today will feature the city’s abundance of flowers that continues to blossom amidst the change in weather.

“You can see a lot of floats filled with flowers, as we are blessed with natural resources,” Pamulak Kadayawan committee chair James A. Zimmerman said in an interview, adding that there would be celebrities too that would join as an added attraction during the parade.

In this year’s Pamulak Kadayawan, there will be 71 contingents, including 13 participants that would compete for the alternative category while 14 in the traditional category.

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FLORAL float from International Pharmaceutical Inc. bagged the grand winner in the traditional category of the “Pamulak” last year. BING GONZALES

For the traditional category, the grand prize is P500,000, followed by P300,000 for the second placer, P100,000, for the third placer, and P50,000 as consolation prize.

For the alternative category, the grand winner would bagged a prize of P150,000, followed by P100,000 for the second placer, P50,000 for the third placer, and P30,000 for the consolation prize.

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BARANGAY Sta Cruz, Talikud Island won third place in the traditional category of the “Pamulak” last year. BING GONZALES

Under the official rules and guidelines for the floral float parade, the floats for traditional should have a minimum size of eight feet in width and 12 feet in height while the entries for alternative category may use miniature cars such as Volkswagen, Beetle, golf rarts, mini tractors, push carts, karo, kalesa, or pedicabs.

The competing floral floats will use at least 80% fresh flower, plants, fruits and vegetable while the non-competing entries are require to use at least 10%.

If the contingents will not follow this rules and guidelines they will be disqualified from the competition or barred from the parade.

The route for the Pamulak Kadayawan was shortened to cater to all the participants.

“There might be something that might happen that will contribute to the delay,” said Zimmerman. The parade will end at about 11:30 a.m.

Zimmerman noted that the parade would start at 8 a.m. and begin from Magsaysay St., then to C.M. Rector St., turn left to San Pedro St., right to Pelayo St., right to Bonifacio St., right to C. Bangoy St. and left to Palma Gil St. The floral floats will be displayed in People’s Park.

Zimmerman also lauded the local cut flower industry as majority of the flowers that will be used to decorate the floats are grown here in Davao City.

So if you miss Baguio City’s Panagbenga Festival, do not ever forget to catch this year’s Pamulak Kadayawan here in Davao City.

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