Kadayawan Festival

Davao City, Davao del Sur

The Kadayawan Festival is an annual festival in the city of Davao in the Philippines. Its name derives from the friendly greeting "Madayaw", from the Dabawenyo word "dayaw", meaning good, valuable, superior or beautiful. The festival is a celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and serenity of living. It is held every third week o ...

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Kadayawan Festival News

  • How To Enjoy Kadayawan With Small Budget

    How To Enjoy Kadayawan With Small Budget

    Whether you?re in a tight budget or still waiting for your allowance to arrive, do not let it hinder you from enjoying this year?s Kadayawan Festival.

    Since it is made for showcasing the city?s unity and rich culture, everyone can enjoy it without exhausting much from your pockets. Here is a list of how you can maximize your Kadayawan adventure.

    The Fluvial Float Parade and the Gathering

    These two events mark the beginning of the festival as the city?s 11 tribes will be parading along Davao River, carrying with them their cultures and identities.

    It is a good way to start off your ...

  • A Sneak Peek Into The 32nd Kadayawan

    A Sneak Peek Into The 32nd Kadayawan

    It was a colorful and lively afternoon as the guests, media, and Davao City officials got together for the media launch of the Kadayawan Festival last July 3, at the Marco Polo Hotel.

    One can truly feel the Kadayawan spirit at the grand ballroom of the hotel as it was lighted and decorated colorfully. Delicious finger food was also prepared for the guests.

    Though the Kadayawan festivities officially start in August, Department of Tourism-Davao Regional Director Robby Alabado III said the media launch and early announcement of one of the biggest festivals in the country will allow tourist ...

  • Kadayawan Festival Launched

    Kadayawan Festival Launched

    The local government here and its private sector partners have launched the 32nd Kadayawan Festival, one of Davao City's major draws.

    The event's launch was held at the Marco Polo Davao ballroom Monday, with Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio and representatives from the business sector leading the launch event.

    The event will cost around P19 million to P20 million to stage, with the local government using funds carried over from previous years into this year's estimated P4-million budget from the local government.

    The festival is slated August 14 to 25.

    The private sector is also expected ...

  • Happy Kadayawan Sa Dabaw

    Happy Kadayawan Sa Dabaw

    This is my third year celebrating Kadayawan Festival in Davao. It's a week long celebration of thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, life, wealth and serenity. The 3rd week of August is one of the days I always look forward to every year because of the festivities and the jubilant celebration in the center of the city.

    My most favorite part is the street dance or better called as 'Indak-indak sa Kadalanan'. The groups from different parts of Mindanao usually participate in order to showcase their story of thanksgiving and feast.

    I always dedicate time to attend to this activity. I just l ...

  • Davao Now Larger Than Life

    Davao Now Larger Than Life

    All eyes and roads lead to the largest city in the country (and in the world according to statistics in terms of land area at 2,443km² or 36,916 hectares) as spotlight focuses on the newly elected President of the Philippines, who was formerly a long-term mayor to more than a million folks who breathe clean air, thanks to its anti-smoking ordinance. Welcome to a territory which has shunned firecrackers and New Year fireworks since 2001, lives by an existing speed limit and liquor ban, and is the first metropolis to have established a 911 center with CCTVs monitoring areas.

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  • August 2016 Musings Kadayawan Everything Mindanao

    August 2016 Musings Kadayawan Everything Mindanao

    The colors of the Kadayawan seemed to be more vibrant this year and the mood was more high-spirited. Is it because the new president hails from this city? Or is it because this year's prime movers organized it well?
    Undeniably, it's both.

    With everyone's eyes in Davao, the festival regulars were back expecting more excitement than the most recent visit, and perhaps along with them are the curious first-timers who want a peek of the Davao life??"or the big man himself in his home turf.

    Road traffic was a killer (if that shows you how revelers will travel the distance to take part in the ...