Face-to-face Kadayawan activities resume  

Edith Regalado - The Philippine Star

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Two years after it was held online due to the COVID pandemic, the face-to-face celebration of the Kadayawan Festival in this city resumed yesterday.

Mayor Sebastian Duterte opened the celebration with the banging of a gong at the Bantawan amphitheater in Magsaysay Park. He was joined by the deputy mayors of the 11 ethnolinguistic tribes here.

Duterte said the festival is the city government’s way of honoring the 11 tribes. He said the diverse culture of the city’s indigenous peoples continued to thrive because Davaoeños are ”peace-loving people who do not discriminate.”

Some members of the diplomatic corps, local and foreign tourists as well as local government officials attended the event.

A mass celebrated by Archbishop Romulo Valles before the Pag-abli sa Kadayawan program started with a performance from the Kalumon Ensemble.

The cultural performance of the 11 tribes are being showcased starting yesterday.


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