The Kadayawan Festival
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
*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 ContingentsClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 KadayawanClick thumbnail to view full-size
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