MALACAÑANG Palace announced that August 19, 2022 is a special non-working day in Davao City as it celebrates the Kadayawan Festival.

"On 19 August 2022, Friday, the City of Davao will mark the celebration of the Indigenous People's Day in relation to the Kadayawan Festival. It is but fitting and proper that the people of the City of Davao be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies, subject to the public health measures of the national government," Marcos Jr., said in the Proclamation No. 39 released on August 15, 2022.

In his Kadayawan message, Marcos Jr. described Davao City as a "shining beacon of progress" amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Davao City Mayor Sebastian Duterte CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Davao City Mayor Sebastian Duterte CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

"I could not help but admire the story that Davao City has written through the years, in which it has emerged as among the country's shining beacons of progress. It is with no doubt that Davaoenos have embodied solidarity and contributed wholeheartedly in weaving their own tale of nation-building to bring their beloved city to where it is today," Marcos said.

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This year's Kadayawan would be the first large festival in the country to have a face-to-face celebration since the pandemic.

The celebration, which was first called the Apo Duwaling Festival in the 1980s, honors Davao City's abundant harvest and peace among all the tribes residing inside its boundaries.

The Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival, held in August, was given a new name in 1988. As one of the biggest and liveliest festivals in the Philippines, the Kadayawan "King of Festivals" has gained recognition on a national and international level over the years.

Activity highlights

When Davao City Mayor Sebastian Duterte hits the gong three times, Kadayawan sa Dabaw, dubbed as the festival of all festivals, officially opened on August 15, 2022.

"The celebration of the Kadayawan Festival is our way of honoring the 11 tribes of Davao City, which is why after two years we are excited to finally be able to enjoy the Kadayawan festivities in person na gyud (face-to-face). As one united community let us celebrate the bountiful harvest, diverse stories, and heritage of Davao City," Duterte said during the Pag-abli program of the festival on August 15, 2022, at the Bantawan Amphitheater, Magsaysay Park, Davao City.

The Kadayawan events first kicked off on August 5, 2022 with the Kadayawan Tribal Village opening at the Magsaysay Park participated by the 11 tribes in Davao City namely Ata, Klata, Tagabawa, Ovu Manuvu, Matigsalog comprising the lumad peoples, then the Moro groups consisting of the Tausug, Sama, Iranun, Maguindanaoan, Maranao, and the Kagan.

On the same day, the 3D Mapping was held at the City Hall of Davao, while the Hiyas ng Kadawayan Cultural Presentation (Talent Night) was held at the Bantawan Amphitheater, Magsaysay Park on August 6, 2022.

Meanwhile, Duterte invited Dabawenyos to witness the upcoming events for the month-long celebration of Kadayawan.

On August 16, 18, 19, and 20, 2022 the Bantawan, a "cultural convergence through the 11 cultural communities of Davao City", will be held at the Bantawan Amphitheater at Magsaysay Park at 3 p.m.

The much-awaited Hiyas sa Kadayawan had its coronation night on August 17, 2022 at the RMC Petro Gazz Arena at 6 p.m.

Other event that was held in Bantawan Amphitheater in Magsaysay Park is Sayaw Kadayawan on August 17, 2022 at 9 a.m.. Agong Kulintangan sa Kadayawan will be held on August 20 to 21 at 1 p.m.; and Tambayayong sa Kadayawan on August 21, 2022 at 6 p.m.

On the other hand, the major events of this year's celebration will be staged at the San Pedro Square: Indak indak sa Kadayawan on August 20, 2022 at 6 a.m., Pamulak sa Kadayawan and Pitik Kadayawan on August 21, 2022 at 6 a.m. Today, August 19, Dula Kadayawan is set at the People's Park at 8 a.m.