Mark your calendar for the most anticipated and the biggest celebration - the 31th Kadayawan Festival in Davao City, Philippines. The festival is annually held in the third week of August, displaying the indigenous peoples' rituals of celebration after an abundant harvest and the blooming of many of the region’s exotic flowers.
The term “Kadayawan” is actually derivative from a local dialect, “Madayaw” which means “good, beautiful, superior, valuable, or profitable”. “Madayaw” is also a warm and friendly greeting you could hear as you make your way around the city to participate in the festivities.
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This festival is so popular among tourists from local and abroad gathering together to witness colorful float parades and dancers performing tirelessly under the sun dancing in tune to their tribe’s song.
This festival is also a perfect time to taste the region’s delicious fruits and harvests like durian, lanzones, mangosteen, rambutan and marang.
Kadayawan Festival highlighted activity is Pamulak Kadayawan a float parade featuring Davao’s abundant harvest of flowers and fruits. The second highlighted activity is the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan a competition of various tribe’s participants showcasing choreographed dance inspired by Mindanao's indigenous customs.
Schedule of Kadayawan Festival 2016 (Highlights)
Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan - August 20, 2016 (Saturday)
7:00 am - 12:00 nn | Magsaysay Park to Rizal Park, Davao City
Pamulak Kadayawan - August 21, 2016 (Sunday)
8:00 am - 5:00 pm | Magsaysay Park to Rizal Park, Davao City
The final schedule of the 31ST “Kadayawan sa Dabaw” is on August 15 to 21, 2016. For more information about the Kadayawan Festival and other related queries, you can contact:
Davao Tourism Office
2nd Floor, Pasalubong Center
Palma Gil St., Davao City
(082) 222-1956 • (082) 222-1958