The City Government of Davao has decided to change the tenor of this year’s celebration of the “King of Festivals”. Kadayawan 2016 will be a tribute to the indigenous people and the Muslims, their culture and situations.
In an interview, Monday, Kadayawan Executive Committee (Execom) member Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre reiterated the emphasis of the celebration, the Lumad and Muslim brothers and sisters.
“We will focus on the Lumad and Muslim culture. Our celebration will center on that,” he said.
He said that majority of the activities will be cultural presentations.
“On the opening, we are planning to invite musicians like Popong Landero and Joey Ayala. We will offer cultural presentations to the people” he said.
Acting Mayor Paolo Duterte has earlier pronounced that the 31st Kadayawan will be ‘simple and meaningful.’
“As we celebrate, let us not forget about their (Lumads and Muslims) struggles and the injustices committed against them,” said Duterte. “I believe that if we continue to turn a blind eye to their plight, Kadayawan will be meaningless.”
Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach and President Rodrigo Duterte to join celebration
Councilor Alejandre revealed that they have been communicating with Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo about the participation of Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach during the Kadayawan.
“We still have to talk with the secretary but there is 80% possibility the Ms. Wurtzbach will be here on Friday, August 19,” he said.
Alejandre said they have planned to ask the beauty titlist to judge the Hiyas ng Kadayawan and she expressed her willingness to whatever request from the Execom.
He also added that President Rodrigo Duterte will be joining the celebration but they are yet to ascertain when he will come.
No Parties, Concerts
Another difference of this year’s festival from the previous celebration is the prohibition on the conduct of concerts and parties in the downtown area as announced few weeks ago.
This, according to Duterte, is to delineate with the central theme which is to focus on the situations and experiences of the 11 indigenous tribes in the city.
“Modern activities such as foam parties and EDM (electronic dance music) are really discouraged,” said Art Boncato, Kadayawan Execom vice-chair.
The highlight activities will happen on Friday, August 19 which is declared as the Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan (Street Dance Competition) will be launched on Saturday, August 20 while the Pamulak Festival (Floral Float Parade) is slated Sunday, August 21.
It will then be concluded with the Pahalipay Concert as a thanksgiving by the city government to the people of Davao and the visitors.
The Execom anticipated about 150,000 visitors who will be coming during the celebration.
| Published in 105.9 Balita FM’s Facebook Page: Kadayawan 2016 Update: What’s in, what’s out, July 19, 2016