Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Kadayawan Festival 2010

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Davao City is the land of the majestic Philippine Eagles and pungent-smelling yet mouth-watering durian. The city is also a typhoon-free zone and has the best water in the world. Mother Nature has given them such great gifts and it is just right to thank Her for such. That’s what Kadayawan is all about, a celebration of thanksgiving!

Kadayawan derives from the friendly Dabawenyo greeting, “Madayaw”. Dayaw means good, valuable, superior, or beautiful. Hence, Kadayawan is a celebration of life and thanksgiving for the bountiful gifts of nature, wealth of culture, and peaceful living. The festival is celebrated every 3rd week of August. Highlights include Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan and Pamulak Floral Float Parade.


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Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan is a street dance competition participated by different tribes in their colourful tribal costumes and jewels. Different tribe contingents parade down the streets of Davao City together with their music ensembles during the Kadayawan Festival.


Pamulak Floral Float Parade is similar to the Panagbenga Flower Festival of Baguio City. The only difference in Pamulak is that aside from fresh flowers, they include fresh fruits and sometimes marine catch. Also, Pamulak showcases different tribes of Mindanao. During the Pamulak Floral Float Parade, colorful, flowery floats are paraded down the streets of the city. The air is filled with local beats while tribes dances with it.

The experience was really amazing. I’ve been covering festivals in Luzon and Visayas and Kadayawam was my first in Mindanao. The culture is quite different. Majority of the city’s population are Filipino-Muslim.

Be on an adventure! Journey your way to Davao City and appreciate the rich traditions it has to offer. 

Coverage and Travel Tips:
- Kadayawan is considered one of the major festivals in the Philippines. 
- Booked your flight (VIA Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, or Zest Air) and accommodation early.
- Flight rates usually rocket a month before the highlights.
- Find accommodations near the activity area. 
- If you are a photographer or journalist, you can ask accreditation from Davao's Tourism office located at City Tourism Operations Office, Door 8, Magsaysay Park Complex, R. Magsaysay Ave., Davao City. Or call them at (082) 222 1956-57 or email your queries, info@davaotourism.com. 
- You can gather information or check Kadayawan Festival activities by visiting their website, http://www.kadayawan.com/ . They usually update the website months before the festival.
- Parade routes and other downloadable are available on their website.
- During the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan and Pamulak Floral Float Parade, you can shoot freely even without media accreditation. Those without accreditation however, will not be allowed to enter the arena where the street dance competition takes place.
- For more helpful information about Davao, visit their website at http://www.davaoweb.com/index.html


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