Kadayawan Festival: Davao City's biggest and grandest festival
Rosalinda L. Orosa (The Philippine Star) - August 6, 2014 - 2:56pm

Origins

The annual Kadayawan Festival is Davao City's biggest and grandest festival. Celebrated during the third week of August, it is a festival of thanksgiving for good harvest and plentiful bounties. During this time, locals and tourists flock the streets of the city to witness major events such as the Floral Float Parade and the Indak-Indak sa Dalan. A wide range of activities for tourists to enjoy are also available throughout the entire month of August.

The term "Kadayawan" is derived from the Mandaya word "madayaw", a warm and friendly greeting used to explain a thing that is valuable, superior, beautiful, good, or profitable.

Long time ago, Davao's ethnic tribes residing at the foot of Mount Apo would converge during a bountiful harvest. This ritual serves as their thanksgiving to the gods particularly to the "Manama" (the Supreme Being).

Various farming implements, fruits, flowers, vegetables, rice and corn grains were displayed on mats as villagers give their respect and thanks for the year's abundance. Singing, dancing and offerings to their divine protectors are the highlights of this ritual.

Although times have changed, this practice of thanksgiving or "pahinungod" is still very much practiced by modern day Dabawenyos. This tradition flourished and evolved into an annual festival of thanksgiving.

In the 1970's, Mayor Elias B. Lopez, a Bagobo, initiated tribal festivals featuring the Lumad and the Muslim tribes of Davao City where they showcase their dances and rituals of thanksgiving.

Later in 1986, a program called "Unlad Proyekto Davao" was initiated by the government, which was aimed to unite the Dabawenyos after the turbulent Martial Law era. At that time, the festival was called "Apo Duwaling," a name created from the famous icons of Davao: Mt. Apo, the country's highest peak; Durian, the king of fruits; and Waling-Waling, the queen of orchids.

"Apo Duwaling" was meant to showcase the city as a peaceful destination to visit and to do business after 1986 EDSA Revolution.

Finally in 1988, City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte renamed the festival as "Kadayawan sa Dabaw" to celebrate the bountiful harvest of Davao's flowers, fruits and other produce, as well as the wealth of the city's cultures. To this day, the festival continues to honor the city's richness and diverse artistic, cultural and historical heritage in a grand celebration of thanksgiving for all of Davao City's blessings.

10 tribes, 1 vibe

Davao City has ten indigenous tribes, the Ata, Matigsalug, Ovu-Manuvo, Klata-Djangan, Tagabawa, Tausog, Maguindanao, Maranao, Kagan, and Sama. Though diverse in cultures, traditions and beliefs, these tribes are very much connected by a common origin that binds them together as one and the same… an origin that traces to the very core of the history of Davao City.

And then there are the 10 reasons why Kadayawan is one of the most-visited and awaited festivals in the Philippines, if not the world.

APO DUWALING CITY CITY MAYOR RODRIGO DUTERTE DABAWENYOS DAVAO DAVAO CITY FESTIVAL FLORAL FLOAT PARADE AND THE INDAK-INDAK KADAYAWAN KADAYAWAN FESTIVAL
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