Davao City’s highly anticipated and most celebrated Kadayawan Festival is now on its 31st year. Yesterday, Aug. 15, 2016, the Kadayawan Festival celebration have been formally opened at the People’s Park. A catholic mass have been celebrated before the actual opening ceremony started. Mr. Art Boncato, co-chairperson of the Kadayawan 2016 executive committee, reminded each and everyone of the real essence of the celebration through his opening remarks.

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Deputy Mayors of the 11 tribes during the Kadayawan sa Dabaw Opening Ceremony at People’s Park

In his opening remarks he highlighted that the celebration of Kadayawan sa Dabaw is not just of thanksgiving for the bountiful harvest but also of letting the 11 tribes of the city be known to all. It is one way of honoring the 11 tribes of the city that makes us culturally rich and unique.  The deputy mayors of each of the 11 tribes were also present during the event to do the traditional “halad” which symbolizes the unity among all the tribes.

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Hiyas sa Kadayawan Finalists representing the 11 tribes of Davao City

The tribes of Kagan, Maguindanaon, Maranao, Iranun, Sama di Laut (Badjao), Tausug, Tagabawa, Ata, Ovu Manuvu, Matigsalog, and Klata-Guiangan were also represented during the opening ceremony by their Hiyas ng Kadayawan candidates.

The 31st Kadayawan Festival is a week-long celebration. Highlights of the celebration will be the following:

  • Hiyas sa Kadayawan (August 19, 2016 @ Almendras Gym)
  • Indak-indak sa Kadalanan/Street Dancing (August 20, 2016)
  • Pamulak sa Kadayawan (August 21, 2016)
  • Tribuhanong Pasundayag/Cultural Presentations (Aug 15 – Aug 19 every 6PM @ Rizal Park Stage)

Stay tuned for more updates and articles about the 31st Kadayawan sa Dabaw celebration.