The Kadayawan Festival is a yearly celebration in the city of Davao in the Philippines. Its name gets from the inviting welcome “Madayaw”, from the Dabawenyo word “dayaw”, which means great, significant, predominant or excellent. The celebration is a festival of life, a thanksgiving for the endowments of nature, the abundance of culture, the bounties of reap and peacefulness of living. It is held every third week of August.
Published date: 03 September 2018 | Updated:30 September 2021
This custom fills in as their thanksgiving to the divine beings especially to the “Manama” (the Supreme Being) and Bulan (a moon god) that the primary social affair was on a night of a full moon, It was said that, long time prior, Ancient Visayans and Davao’s ethnic clans living at the foot of Mount Apo would unite amid an abundant collect and needed to praise the full moon since they trusted “the diwata came to earth around then” so did alternate islanders and tribesmen. The full moon was welcomed with an assortment of names-‘paghipono’, ‘takdul’, ‘ugsar’- yet most altogether as “dayaw” [at introduce it is kadayaw in some Bisayan Islands], flawless or commendable, fit acknowledgment of its marvelous shape and dusk to-dawn splendor. It was beautiful to the point that the pre-frontier individuals applauded and trusted it was the purpose behind their plentiful gather
Different cultivating actualizes, natural products, blossoms, vegetables, rice and corn grains were shown on mats as villagers give their regard and a debt of gratitude is in order for the year’s plenitude. Singing, moving and contributions to their heavenly defenders are the features of this custom.
Despite the fact that circumstances are different, this routine with regards to thanksgiving or “pahinungod” is still especially rehearsed by current Davaoeños. This convention thrived and developed into a yearly celebration of thanksgiving.
In the 1970s, Mayor Elias B. Lopez, a Bagobo, started inborn celebrations including the Lumad and the Muslim clans of Davao City where they grandstand their moves and ceremonies of thanksgiving.
Later in 1986, a program called “Unlad Proyekto Davao” was started by the administration which was meant to join the Dabawenyos after the violent Martial Law time. Around then, the celebration was designated “Apo Duwaling,” a name made from the popular symbols of Davao: Mt. Apo, the nation’s most noteworthy pinnacle; Durian, the ruler of organic products; and Waling-waling, the ruler of orchids.
“Apo Duwaling” was intended to exhibit the city as a quiet goal to visit and to work together after 1986 EDSA Revolution.
At long last in 1988, City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte renamed the celebration as “Kadayawan sa Dabaw” to praise the abundant collect of Davao’s blossoms, products of the soil create and also the abundance of the city’s societies. Right up ‘til the present time, the celebration keeps on regarding the city’s lavishness and differing creative, social and authentic legacy in a fantastic festival of thanksgiving for all of Davao City’s favors.
- The Davao River Festival, a procession of beautiful vessels, is an absolute necessity to see.
- Sayaw Mindanaw is a move rivalry displaying diverse clans from Davao City.
- The Miss Kadayawan excellence challenge gives guests a look at lovely and skilled Davaoeñas.
How to get there
- Via plane: Daily flights to Davao from Manila are accessible.
- By pontoon/ship: If you’re up for a 3-day long drive, you can pick to take a ship from Manila to Cagayan de Oro. The ship ride ordinarily takes around a few days. Once you’re in Cagayan de Oro, you can take a 7-hour transport ride to Davao City.
- Via land transportation: If you’re originating from close-by towns or urban communities like General Santos City and Koronadal, simply ride a transport or a van going to Davao. The movement time is more often than not around three to four hours. Inside the city, guests can get around by means of a jeepney.
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