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Celebrate a meaningful Kadayawan

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It is Kadayawan season once again!

People from all walks of life will soon come together in streets of Davao City to celebrate the profusion of harvest and richness of culture. We can’t help but swoon over the colorful and vibrant events lined up this month, whether it is organized by the government or the malls. All are in-store to let you experience the essence of being a Davaoeno.

But is missing no single event the best way to celebrate Kadayawan?

The activities are odes to the five icons of Davao City – the Philippine Eagle, the Mount Apo, the Indigenous People, the Durian, and the Waling-Waling. There is the Indak-Indak (street dancing), the Pamulak (floral floats), tribal music performances and contests, Hiyas sa Kadayawan to name a few. There are baskets and stalls brimming with different fruits at a low price for you to enjoy.

Davao Logo 2017

However, the bliss and excitement during the whole month are ephemeral. The city returns to normal after the festival. The memories may linger for a quite a long time but not until the next Kadayawan.  And the significance, for some reason, will be left intangible and ideal.

There is something we can do to at least one of the city’s icons – the Philippine Eagle, the preserver of nature where the bounty springs from and the guardian of the forest where it resides, in unity with the indigenous people.

Staff from Marco Polo Davao struts the fancy eagle stuffed toys for bid.
Staff from Marco Polo Davao struts the fancy eagle stuffed toys for bid.

Philippine Eagle Marco Polo Davao

Philippine Eagle Mascot, "Pepe"
Philippine Eagle Mascot, “Pepe”

For the whole duration of the celebration, adorable and fluffy eagle stuffed toys in traditional and fashionable ethnic garbs are up for bid at the Marco Polo Davao. Buying a pair of the eagle toys mean adopting and supporting a real Philippine wildlife king at the Philippine Eagle Center. The auction starts with a price of 2,500 pesos for a pair. Proceeds will go to the Philippine Eagle Foundation.

The toy eagles were presented by the staff of the hotel as they open this year’s Kadayawan with the launching of Fashion and Fusion, both a gastronomic and visual festivity of everything Davao. There are also paintings that are for sale. And lastly, the cacao and chocolate products from various business members of the Cacao Industry and Development Association of Mindanao, Inc. (CIDAMi) are on the display. In case you don’t want to bid, you can still donate by buying a regular stuffed toy eagle for 600 pesos.

Painting Marco Sunstar
Photo credit: Ace Perez, Sunstar Davao Social Media Content Editor


chocolate malagos marco polo sunstar
Photo credit: Ace Perez, Sunstar Davao Social Media Content Editor


Feel the vibe of Kadayawan by visiting the hotel at the heart of Davao, Marco Polo Hotel for the month-long arts and business exhibition and celebrate with a lasting impact. Supporting the eagles, the symbol of a true blooded Davaoeno, will perfectly embody this year’s theme: “Stand Tall. United. Resilient.”


#KadayawanGoodVibes at SM Supermalls

In support of the city’s annual Kadayawan Festival, SM malls are set to stage varied activities on Davao’s art and culture and bring loads of entertainment and shopping fun for locals and tourists alike.


From August 5 to September 4, mallgoers can enjoy exciting events slated at SM Lanang Premier and SM City Davao.

South by Mouth – a Mindanao-wide culinary fair at all SM malls – kicks off in SM City Davao with a Grill Fest on August 12-14 at the Annex Driveway. It makes a stop in SM Lanang Premier, through the Davao Gourmet Collective, on August 19-21 at the Fountain Court grounds.

Feast on Davao’s best eats at the South by Mouth Kadayawan FoodFair happening at SM Supermalls this August.

Mallgoers can party the night away at the Castaway Kadayawan Vibe Fest, which features some of the country’s most in-demand DJs, at SM Lanang Premier Fountain Court grounds and SM City Davao Open Parking C. DJs Marc Marasigan and Travis Monsod headline the party on August 19 while DJ Badkiss plays for the exclusive ETC Paintensity event in SM Lanang Premier on August 20. Sponge Cola top bills the music festival at SM City Davao along with DJs Jet Boado, Ron Poe, Madela x Marasigan x Monsod, MC Boo and Carlo Atendido. SM Youth ambassadors are also expected to join the party at the Open Parking C on Friday.

Get high on music at the Castaway Vibe Fest at SM City Davao and SM Lanang Premier.

Catch Sponge Cola along with the top DJs at the Kadayawan’s most vibrant music fest at SM City Davao.

For the first time, SM Lanang Premier is staging the city’s most formidable fashion design competition for young, up-and-coming designers – the Moda Mindanao Season 11 – August 21, 6pm at The Atrium. It is also having the Kadayawan Durian Festival on August 5 to September 4 at The Fountain Court grounds to boost appreciation for Davao’s King of Fruits. Other mall events to watch out for this season include the Kuntaw Mindanao Drum Circle and Cultural Show on August 21 and the Bumper to Bumper Car Show on August 20 to 21.

Watch the runway action unfold at the Moda Mindanao Season 11 Young Fashion Designers Competition on August 21 at SM Lanang Premier.

Get a taste of the ‘King of Fruits’ at the Kadayawan Durian Festival at SM Lanang Premier.

Meanwhile, SM City Davao hosts the country’s largest Agro Trade Fair until August 31. The farm and garden fair showcases the city’s agriculture and horticulture products. On August 15, SM City Davao also highlights the city’s vibrant culture with the Sayaw Mindanao and the “Indak-Indak” Street Dancing around the mall on August 15.

Marvel at the beauty of the country’s most regal orchid, the Waling-waling, at the Agri-Trade Fair. The fair will host over 300 booths which showcases the bounties of the region.

As a Kadayawan treat, shoppers of both malls can also grab up to 70% off on great finds at participating stores on August 15 to 21.

Get into the #KadayawanGoodVibes at Supermalls. For inquiries, check out SM Lanang Premier or SM City Davao on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Foreshadowing Kadayawan 2016: My Kadayawan sa Dabaw Experiences

On August 15 to 21, colors and beats of the Mindanawon culture will dominate Metro Davao. Every third week of August, the city expresses its joviality and gratitude to nature for the bountiful harvest – the Kadayawan Festival.

When I thought of posting this year’s Kadayawan schedule, I really don’t know where to start. And so I scoured for inspiration from other blogs. The problem is, they have marketed the festival well enough. Most blogs zeroed in on the historical and cultural significance of the event, the eleven major tribes – Obu-Manuvu, Bagobo-K’lata, Matigsalug, Iranun, Bagobo-Tagabawa, Ata, Kagan, Sama, Tausug, Maranao and Maguindanao. Those were as far as I found.

And so instead of researching for more similar accounts, I decided to share my own experiences during Kadayawan, having stayed in the city for five years now. Nothing beats a first-hand chronicle.

To be honest, the definition of enjoyment of Kadayawan depends on the kind of person you are. If you are more of an outgoing person, it is best to be on the streets during the main events or on the malls for sales and discounts. But if you don’t like being in the middle of a horde, there are media coverages you can devour at the comfort of your home. I choose to be the outgoing fella that day.

The City Government of Davao usually lays out main events for the week (which I will be posting after this) while malls and other establishments also organizes their own. Here are some of the scenes that had the greatest chance of happening on major activities, so you will be prepared.

150,000 people. That is the number of local and foreign visitors to come to the city on the 31st Kadayawan sa Dabaw as forecasted by the organizers. That is just an estimate. It might balloon on the day of the event.

People are expected to flock the streets during the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan (Street Dance Competition) and Pamulak sa Kadayawan (Floral Float Parade). The streets will be barricaded and some streets will be closed. So if you are a kind of person who loves to listen to the heart-thumping ethnic beats and see the vibrancy of the traditional garbs and movements but ignores the heat of the sun, you should get to the streets as early as six in the morning or earlier than that.

Most people stay behind the barricades, especially if it is the spot they can clearly see the happenings. If you have secured the spot but decided to go along with the parade, you should not regret leaving the spot as you can not return to that place again. For me, I enjoy following along. I don’t know but it just feels so overwhelming. There is that brimming pride at every strike of drums or kulintang. Aside from that, the Indak-Indak perfomances usually reenact a story, be it a folklore, legend, belief or traditions of the ethnic groups.

Aside from the streets, portions of that 150,000 people can be found in parks where other events are held like Peoples Park and Rizal Park. So be ready to sneak in the middle of the crowd or perhaps wear high-heels so you can see the intriguing happenings.

Another interesting thing to look out for is the search for the Hiyas ng Kadayawan (Gem of Kadayawan). According to the City Government, “It is the search for the festival gem who epitomizes joy, bounty, simplicity, and beauty. She also carries the virtues of a people, who, through time and space have maintained its identity, dignity, and collective memory.” Watching them flaunt their advocacies not only for the members of the tribe they represent but for the people of Davao ignites a sense of pride even if I am don’t belong in any indigenous group.

Major malls such as Gaisano Mall of Davao, Abreeza Ayala Mall, NCCC Mall and SM City Davao and SM Lanang Premier  also take advantage on the inundation of local and foreign visitors. They invite celebrities to do shows.  Alongside the show are the left-and-right sales and discounts for you to take advantage too. But I don’t usually go there. I hate standing for long hours, and wait for the artistas from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, sings only a couple of songs and the show ends there. Fanatics would considered it worth-it.

In the past celebrations, the night is always young. It is alive with raves, foam parties, color parties and concerts in different spots like Damosa Gateway in Lanang, Crocodile Park, and Rizal Park or San Pedro Square to name a few.

Unfortunately, the City Government recently discourages parties and concerts in the downtown area to be consistent with this year’s central theme, the 11 tribes. Don’t worry. Crocodile Park and Damosa Gateway are not located at the center of the city. If you are a party junkie, you might also check CARPE DIEM at Felcris Centrale.

And how dare I forget the food. Well, I don’t really eat that much in restaurants but one thing I am sure, there will also be discounts and promos!! Still, can’t afford. Haha. For a simple person like me, you should try eating at the city’s street food hub, Roxas Avenue. Fruits are also abundant in every corner, especially Durian. *drools*. This pricky-pungent smelling fruit can be found in Magsaysay Fruit StandBangkerohan Public Market, Anda Street and of course, Roxas Avenue. There’s also the mangosteen and pomelo among others.


Kadayawan 2016 would be lavish of nothing but culture. After all, this is the cause of the celebration. Unlike the past Kadayawan, the City Government said they steered their focus towards the Indigenous People, the Muslims, their cultures and their plight. Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte considered them as the “heart and soul of Kadayawan.” It would be a culture-rich week. And this is something I love about this celebration.

Truth is, feelings are not meant to be explained. They are meant to be…felt. For you to do that, join the Dabawenyos like me on this festivity of abundance!

And by the way, as promised, here is the official schedule of events of Kadayawan 2016:

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CARPE DIEM | A Festive Kadayawan 2016 Party

One month more before the Kadayawan 2016 celebration kicks off! Scouring parties to enjoy during the ‘King of Festivals’ is on for Davaoenos and tourists alike. If you haven’t found one, I have something for you!


If you are a ‘partyphile’, then you might want to join the electronic dance party CARPE DIEM. Eclipse Production Management is inviting you to loose yourself in a festive, electronic music party- CARPE DIEM this August 20, 2016, 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM at the Al Fresco Area of the Felcris Centrale in Davao City. Guest DJs from Manila, Iloilo and Bacolod are set to make you seize your night with party music!

Tickets are now available!

General Admission – Php 300 ( with FREE 1 mix drink 12oz )
VIP – Php 500 ( with FREE 2 Beers )

VIP Table also available.

For Davaoenos, tickets can be bought in these outlets:

Perch ( Felcris Centrale )
Laysa’s BBQ Grill ( Bonifacio )
Assembly ( Damosa )
Java Jive ( Bajada )
Ink Digger Tattoo ( Ilustre beside ATU Plaza )
Rainbow Project Shop (Fashion Walk, 2nd floor, Gaisano Mall of Davao)

PROMO: Buy 5 General Admission Tickets , Get 1 for FREE!  

Tell your friends and grab your tickets NOW!

For Ticket inquiries, contact:

Stanley- 09175613705 / 09182537805
Jocs – 09323711377
Vixen- 09325494211

Or visit Eclipse Production Facebook Page for more information. See you there!

Davao gears up for Kadayawan 2016

Kadayawan 2015 file photo
Photo from 105.9 Balita FM

The City Government of Davao is now putting things in place for the celebration of this year’s Kadayawan Festival.

Named as the festival of all festivals, Kadayawan is celebrated every third week of August.

In a press briefing with Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo “Pulong” Duterte, who is the acting mayor, he said the local government is now coordinating with the private sector to organize the said celebration.

Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio, who is on leave until July 22, has instructed the Vice Mayor to personally look into the preparations of this year’s anniversary.

The city government will also continue its partnership with the private sector to ensure that the celebration will be successful.

“May pinatawag akong limang private personalities para tumulong sa pag organisa para sa ating Kadayawan,” he said.

Known before as Apo Duwaling, the festival was institutionalized in 1986 and then later renamed as Kadayawan in 1988.

It features Davao’s culture and arts, as it also serves as an avenue to pay homage to the city’s indigenous people and Muslim residents.

The festival also serves as a thanksgiving to the bounty harvest of Davao’s agricultural products, especially its fruits and flowers.

The highlights of the Kadayawan includes the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan (street dance competition), Pamulak Kadayawan (floral float parade), and the search for Hiyas ng Kadayawan. (Davao City Information Office)