It is indeed another year of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest and to thank God for making Davao City as one of the safest city in the whole world ~at least~. (see story here)

The 28th Kadayawan Festival 2013 theme:

For those who are not around here in Davao City and wanted to be part of the extravagant event you can log in to www.choosephilippines.com/live

Live Streaming Dates on www.choosephilippines.com/live 

August 17

7am to 9am 

9am to 12nn. 

August 18

7:30am to 9:30am 

9:30am to 12 nn


It started with "PANAGTAGPO", an opening ceremony headed by Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte and with our 10 Tribes showcasing a colorful and culture through music and dance last August 9,2013 happened at People's Park Great Lawn.

Photo courtesy of City Information Office
 City Government of Davao Facebook Page 

The best way to describe DAVAO CITY besides DURIAN and WALING-WALING is the CULTURES, BELIEFS and TRADITIONS that we have here starting from ARTS, CRAFTS and DANCES.  All of these things simply affect DABAWENYOS think about and how they live their lives everyday make it in a social and cultural behavior. How we shape, who we are, and what we do.

That is why SM CITY Davao come to an event to organize "SAYAW MINDANAO" depicting the lives of our Indigenous People by portraying it into a dance.  An Indigenous-Inspired Dance Competition which have two categories; the OPEN CATEGORY and CHILDREN CATEGORY.

Last August 14, Elimination Night was held at SM Annex-Ecoland.  For many competing contingents, few are chosen.

Seven Contingents for Open-category for the Finals

Kadanao Theater Collective
Butuan City

Saliyaw Folkloric Ensemble
PWC-Davao City

Kalumon Performing Ensemble
Davao City

Kathara Dance Theater Collective
Davao City

Gandingan Cultural Dance Troupe

Kalajagat Cultural Ensemble
Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

Madayaw Cultural Ensemble
Davao City

Five Contingents for the Children Category for the Finals

Suralla Repertory
Suralla, South Cotabato

Hizon Elem. School Dance Troupe
Brgy. Hizon, Davao City

Matina Central Elem. School
Matina, Davao City

Agro Elem. School
Davao City

CVAES-Rotary Club Dance Troupe
Bucana, Davao City

The competing contingents had its final round last August 15 at SM ANNEX Atrium.

Saliyaw Folkloric Ensemble
PWC-Davao City
CVAES-Rotary Club Dance Troupe
Bucana, Davao City

Having been blessed with so much grace and good fortune, we also have to consider the beautiful young lass from our 10 different tribes showcasing their cultural skill, "HIYAS NG KADAYAWAN" (August 16, Friday, 7PM at Davao Recreation Center) which search the most talented and witty young women representing their tribes.

Photo courtesy of SUNSTAR DAVAO

Photo credit to Emmanuel Roy Hipe

Hiyas sa Kadayawan 2013
Noemi Mongcal Abregana of Matigsalog Tribe.

1st Runner-up
Vilma Buisan Faundag of Ata Tribe.

2nd Runner-up
Leizy Mae Abenoja of Tagabawa Tribe.

Today, August 17, 8am-5pm around Davao City, from Roxas Avenue, Claveria, Ponciano to Rizal Park, San Pedro we have our "INDAK-INDAK sa KADALANAN".  A street dancing competition with so many contingents coming from different places, divided the competition to two categories: OPEN and DAVAO BASED Category

Davao-Based Category Winners

Holy Cross College of Calinan

1st Runner-up
Magallanes Elem. School

2nd Runner-up
Kap. Tomas Monteverde Sr. Elem. School

Open Category Winners

Panay National High School

1st Runner-up
Tribu sa Lalan

2nd Runner-up
Tribu Talaingod

Tomorrow, August 18, we will have our "PAMULAK KADAYAWAN" start at 8am-12nn.

Congratulation WINNERS!!!
And see you all at PAMULAK SA KADALANAN(Floral Float Parade) 


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