Saturday, August 16, 2008

Madayaw Davao!

Derived from a tribal word "madayaw" (good), Kadayawan Festival is here. The festival is an adaptation from the Lumad's (tribal) way of thanksgiving during bountiful harvests. Davao City takes pride of its Indigenous Peoples (among the 18 ethnolinguistic groups in the country) and Moslem brothers and sisters. (Click the image to visit the website of the Kadayawan Festival).

It is one of the most important events in the city. A foundation is tasked to manage the affair. I think it officially started on August 17 and culminates with a Pasasalamat (thanksgiving) on August 24. The festival is drawing visitors from neighboring provinces in Mindanao and other regions in the country. Foreigner tourists are also coming to witness the celebration infused with events like trade fair, food festival and other colorful events like floral float parade and street dancing competition that showcases various cultures of the city and Mindanao as home to the tri-people (Christian, IP and Moslem or the Moro People). The festival depicts the unity of the tri-people living peacefully together in one community as in the case of Davao City which is considered as the melting pot of the south. Aside from its rich cultures, the city also takes pride of its bounty harvest of Durian (the fruit that smells like hell but tastes like heaven), orchids, etc.

All images in this post were grabbed from the official website of the Kadayawan Festival of Davao City.


LoUraiNe said...

sus kadayawan na sad, kain naman. lots of street parties.. hayyyy.. kalingaw!! :P