A celebration of cultural diversity and abundance, Kadayawan never fail to set out a heartfelt observance of the city’s annual festivity. Last year was my second time to experience Kadayawan Festival and during the recent visit, I got to witness the last three days of the annual festivity, including the Hiyas sa Kadayawan, Indak-indak sa Kadalanan and Pamulak Sa Kadalanan. That’s two days longer from my previous visit in 2014.
Eleven tribes comprise Davao, each having different beliefs and traditions. Amidst their differences, Kadayawan brings together all the tribes. Representatives from Maranao, Matigsulog, Obu-Manobo , Ata Tribe, Maguindanaon, Tausug, Iranun, Kagan, Tagabawa, Sama and Clata-giangan tribes compete on various events. Celebrating thanksgiving together as one metro makes the Kadayawan gathering more impressive.
It’s also inspiring that Hiyas sa Kadayawan recognizes different kinds of beauty. With the pageant’s contestants coming from the eleven tribes, it’s an eclectic mixed of Filipina charm.
Kadayawan 2017 is nearing! Happening this 15-21 August 2017, the Kadayawan celebration is expected to be grander this year. Planning of going? Check out Cebu Pacific Air for low fares! The country’s low-cost carrier conveniently flies from Cebu to Davao daily. 😉