Wednesday, August 22

Kadayawan in Davao 2012

Kadayawan is one of the biggest festivals in the Philippines. It is celebrated annually by all Dabawenyos and Dabawenyas. Every month of August, the people of Davao gather all together and give thanks to the bountiful blessings received by the city. The word Kadayawan is derived from the Mandaya word, "Madayaw." It means "good, valuable, superior or beautiful."

This festival is a way of thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and serenity of living. Kadayawan 2012's theme is "Ten Tribes One Vibe." The tribes of Tausug, Matigsalog, Obu Manuvu, Maguindanaon, Bagobo Tagbawa, Sama, Bagobo Klata, Maranao, Ata and Kagan are the tribes who graced the festive celebration of Kadayawan.

There are two main events that I love about this festival! First is the Indak-Indak where different groups showcase their talents by dancing on the streets. For this year, I wasn't able to witness the Indak-Indak for some unwanted reasons. The second most-loved event is the Pamulak sa Kadayawan or commonly called the Floral Parade. 

Of course, I was there to witness the grand floral festival where contingents feature their entries decorated with beautiful flowers and gifts of nature. 

At Rizal Street, Davao City.

With my blogger friend, Naprey Almario!

Colorful. Happy. Lively. Davao.

This is one of my most favorite floats!

Kisan Lu Float won the first place for the Pamulak sa Kadayawan. 
Prize is P500,000.

Jake Cuenca and Jessy Mendiola - Coca Cola Float.

Maja Salvador, John Lloyd Cruz, Angelica Panganiban, Cory Vidanes
ABS-CBN Float

One of the promising actors in the country.

Happy celebration.

Hiyas ng Kadayawan.

Indeed, Kadayawan celebration is getting bigger every year! This only means that the city tourism is becoming more successful in showing what Davao offers to everyone. The festival is not only celebrated by Dabawenyos and Dabawenyas. Many people from other cities also visit Davao to have fun and enjoy the month-long celebration of the King of Festivals.


Hope to see you next year for Kadayawan 2012!

32 comments:

  1. wow! So nice mommy... our Kagay-an FEstival will be this 28th.. Come and visit us!

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  2. I missed the Kadayawan this year. I hope to visit Davao maybe in 2013 :)

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  3. Oh my, INGGIT much:( d ko pa na try ever since na mag celebrate ng Kadayawan:(

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  4. wow! aren't they awesome?

    by the way, can you please check THIS out?

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  5. I miss Davao!!! I miss Kadayawan and its revelry!!! I hope I can visit my birthplace again! Naprey was the PBB housemate, right???

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  6. Looks like so much fun. It is so pretty!!!

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  7. yay! that looks fun and the festival is so festive indeed! beautiful pictures :-)

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  8. wow! how stunning...love all the photos...very lively and colorful!

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  9. that's one good thing about our homeland. festivities are popular and widely practiced and has become part of the traditions in many people's lives. That's when we get to see some celebrities too. fun! i miss that kind of stuff because we don't have it here in America.

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  10. I haven't attended a Kadayawan Festival in Davao. I just saw it on TV how colorful the celebration :-) Thanks for sharing pictures :-)

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  11. thank you for sharing. I have never been to kadayawan festival but it looks like our version of Sandugo Festival.

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  12. I wish that one day, I can witness this very colorful festival! Never been there for kadayawan yet.

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  13. I really miss this place! Been to Davao twice and i enjoyed every second of being there! Love to visit the city again someday!

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  14. wow! love all your photos, so colorful and vivid. this made me miss davao so much. its almost 10years since i watch kadayawan. =(

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  15. WOW. A lot of stars diay noh. I love Jake Cuenca and Angelica Panganiban. Your captured it all well. Looks like a really success festival.

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  16. I heard a lot of good blog reviews and news about this Kadayawan Festival, hope to witness one someday. Also, this is similar to our Panagbenga in my hometown Baguio, where a dance parade is held first then followed by the floral parade the following day... :D

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  17. The floats were really beautiful. I should really watch Kadayawan again. Maybe next year.

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  18. Star-studded! One of the festivals I wanna witness :)

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  19. Kudos to all Dabawenyos! Love the INDAK-INDAK and the FLORAL FLOAT PARADE. I've seen this two wonderful events and I can say it is THE BEST Kadayawan I've ever had.

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  20. Your photos gave me goosebumps! I wasn't able to personally witness the Pamulak sa Kadalanan but I was watching it on TV. =) I'm so proud to be a Davaoena!

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  21. wow! such a very colorful celebration! I wish I could also witness that famous feast in the South. Woot! John Lloyd!!! haha!

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  22. Iluv watching festivals! Festivals shows our rich cultures and traditions. Ganda ng mga photos, Sayang hindi ako natuloy:(

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  23. Kadayawan Festival is one of the biggest festivals in the Philippines, I hope to witness the festival soon. Nice photos you have here too.

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  24. I love festivities. I enjoyed the photos you shared here, thanks!

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  25. The photos are very festive and colorful.
    I'm sure, you enjoyed the parade.

    "It's MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES!"

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  26. i was there during the Kadayawan 2012 . the festival was grand and very colorful . I will be attending the next kadayawan next year ...

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  27. Wow! That made me want to go to Davao more. ^_^

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  28. I really shouldn't miss Kadayawan next year! I feel like I've missed so much already. :/ Your account of the festival plus the photos made me regret not booking a trip there.

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  29. This is one festival that the whole world is looking forward to and even the locals and nearby provinces are participating. Sadly, I missed Kadayawan this year because I was in Surigao del Sur for an office outing =(

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  30. that's really great photos dear! i am happy to see and you spotted those celebrities! xx

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  31. Looks like you had such a great time ate Algene!
    I missed this one because I had work to do.
    WOuldhave like to enjoy Kadayawan fest as well.

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  32. Kadayawan Festival is so wonderful. It's trully the father of all Pinoy festivals!

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