A warm and friendly greeting derived from the Dabawenyo word “dayaw” that means good, valuable, superior or beautiful. Such is “Kadayawan”, a celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and serenity of living.
“Kadayawan sa Dabaw” is an enriching experience with a difference as its explores the past, present and future of the Davaoeños, the Mindanaoans, the Filipinos. Its sights and sounds remain unparalleled.
While chanting these lines:
“Du-aw na sa Dabaw! Duyog sa Kadayawan! Maglingaw-lingaw ta!”Ric chanced upon getting these shots while roaming the streets of Davao City just to witness the Indak Indak sa Kadalanan. The first part that took place in the morning was the parade of the kids and youngsters dressed as indigenous people in their tribal costumes.
I want to share to you the colorful culture of Davao City through the pictures I am posting. Coming from General Santos City, being 3 hours away from Davao, we can always catch a bus and pay P250 for an air-conditioned non-stop bus going to the beautiful city of Davao and taste the delicious and most favorite durian.
The Indak-indak sa Kadalanan
- is a Street Dancing Showcase where the contingents are to perform continuously in
forward moving fashion their street dance pieces. Only in three designated areas
will the contingents have to perform stationery in a mini street showdown of two
minutes. Wearing their costumes and some in their painted faces, many of these images showcase the tribal colors and the headdresses these tribes wear in their daily lives.
The Ten Tribal Groups of Davao City namely Uvu Manuvu, Ata, Tagabawa,
K’lata, Sama, Maranao, Maguindanao, Tausug and Kalagan are being held in one arena while they dance their festivities away!
A Celebration of Life and Thanksgiving, Davao City showcases many of the things they are so proud of, and we, in our own little way, must support these festivals in our country. Ika nga, "huwag tayong maging dayuhan sa ating sariling bayan".
Next is Gensan's 10th Tuna Festival, coming this September 5, 2008.
Be proud of being FIlipino.