The Kadayawan Festival

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Photo by llfdacua/phptpbucket.com
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photo by conniezach/photobucket.com

Colorful Festivity

Every year, Davao City celebrates the Kadayawan Festival. A festival once dubbed as 'Mother of All Philippine Festivals." A yearly celebration for the city's bountiful harvests, from flowers, to fruits, vegetables, and even ornamental plants. The week-long festivity happens every third week of August.

The Kadayawan Festival speaks of the beauty, and the diverse culture and tradition of the Dabawenyos (or the people of Davao). Davao City is home to at least 10 major indigenous tribes in the country. These ethnic tribes, or the "Lumads", like the Bagobos, Manobos, Mandayas, Mansakas,Matigsalogs, Tbolis, to name a few, lived together in peace and harmony and friendship. Kadayawan spreads the message of racial harmony.


The Kadayawan Festival features:

* Agro Industrial Fair

*Floral exhibits

*Nightly street party

*Floral Float Parade And Competition (usually happen during the culmination of the celebration)

*Fluvial Parade (to welcome the different leaders of the Lumads.

*Selection of the Kadayawan Queen. The candidates are representatives of their own tribes. They will showcase their beauties, talents, and intelligence, wearing their native costumes (but with a modern touch, and designed by our local fashion designers.)

*The Converging Of Indigenous Tribes at the People's Park, playing indigenous beats and rhythms with gongs and native instruments.

*Street Dancing Parade and Competition also called "Indak indak sa Kadalanan".Aside from school children, university students, local government organizations, there are also contingents coming from the other parts of Mindanao.


Street Dancing Parade and Competition Contingents

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 (photos by focal points/photobucket.com)(photos by focal points/photobucket.com)A lady in native costume taking a rest after the street dancing competition.The happy drumbeatersThe Salakot girlsPhoto by anna_andal_01 (photobucket.com)One of the Floral Float Parade competitor. (photo by lg89rn/photobucket.com)
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(photos by focal points/photobucket.com)
(photos by focal points/photobucket.com)
(photos by focal points/photobucket.com)
A lady in native costume taking a rest after the street dancing competition.
A lady in native costume taking a rest after the street dancing competition.
The happy drumbeaters
The happy drumbeaters
The Salakot girls
The Salakot girls
Photo by anna_andal_01 (photobucket.com)
Photo by anna_andal_01 (photobucket.com)
One of the Floral Float Parade competitor. (photo by lg89rn/photobucket.com)
One of the Floral Float Parade competitor. (photo by lg89rn/photobucket.com)

The Queen Of Philippine Orchids

Waling waling (Vanda Sanderiana) is the Queen of Philippine Orchids. My Davao City is the proud home of this exotic beauty. It normally blooms only once a year between July and October, but a new study said that waling waling, now, at any time of the year can bear flowers if grown in specific sea level elevation or when raised at high altitude. We see waling waling in its grandeur during the Kadayawan Festival.

Hiyas Sa Kadayawan

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Talent Night Photo by kadayawan.com
Talent Night Photo by kadayawan.com
Talent Night Photo by kadayawan.com
Talent Night Photo by kadayawan.com
Talent Night Photo by kadayawan.com
Talent Night Photo by kadayawan.com
Talent Night Photo by kadayawan.com
Talent Night Photo by kadayawan.com
Talent Night Photo by kadayawan.com
Talent Night Photo by kadayawan.com
Talent Night Photo by kadayawan.com
Talent Night Photo by kadayawan.com
Talent Night Photo by kadayawan.com
Talent Night Photo by kadayawan.com
Winners of the Search of the Queen of Kadayawan.  Photo by kadayawan.com
Winners of the Search of the Queen of Kadayawan. Photo by kadayawan.com
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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

hi, this is beautiful Ms. Alta, I miss the Philippines, I went to davao when I was there but i miss that festival,

check out my hub on Pacquiao if you have time, Have a good day,


dan john vernell 6 years ago

Best Festivity

By. DJVNJ

Every third week month of August

Davao City was in a war

Of dancing, singing in utmost

That reaches the endless a far.

Davaoenos must be joyful

And set aside first the hurdles

Until the end of next night fall

In this big city that cuddles.

Davaoenos was rejoicing

On the heat of tearing sun

Like a cage less eagle flying

And waling-waling hang upon.

You will saw the people smiling

While mothers finding their children

And pick-picketers was scanning

Of the police that are concern.

This day was camaraderie

Of settled religions and tribes

In this blessed spot for the free

Where is in the island that cries.

I hope that you can visit here

And fell the best festivity

In the nation that they are, fear

Of wisdom, faith and sanctity.


Jessie T. Ponce 5 years ago

Great hub Alta. I took a lot of photos of the 2011 Kadayawan Festival and posted 2 hubs on this topic so far. It will be interesting to see what you have put together on this "Festival of Festivals" celebrated by our beloved city.


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Alta5656 5 years ago from Davao City, Philippines Author

Great photos about the Kadayawan Festival 2011 you have there, Jessie. Thank you so much! And it is great to have a fellow hubber like you are. Seems like you have travelled the world. You such a lucky guy, Jessie.


Jessie T. Ponce 5 years ago

Thanks Alta. I was lucky to be in Davao during this year's Kadayawan Celebration. My photo collection just ballooned three-fold because of the exciting events goings on. I love our city!

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