The Kadayawan Festival is an annual festival held in Davao City, Philippines. The festival is a celebration of life, a thanksgiving for nature’s gifts, the riches of culture, the bounty of the harvest, and the serenity of living. Additionally, festival is happening for a week in the third week of August, highlighting the 11 tribes of Davao City. The Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan, or street dancing, is one of the highlights of the Kadayawan Festival. This is a showcase of the region’s diverse indigenous cultures. Moreover, festivities feature various Mindanao communities dancing in vibrant costumes that highlight their indigenous heritage. “Kadayawan” is from the Mandaya word “madayaw,” which means a greeting used to explain something good, beautiful, or valuable. Indeed, the Kadayawan Festival continues to bring together locals and visitors alike. Gathering for seven days of music, dance, and feast in Davao’s streets, with multiple events taking place throughout the week.
Davao City is a first-class highly urbanized city in the Philippines’ Davao Region. The name of the region came from its Bagobo origins. Bagobos are natives to the Philippines. The word davao was from by combining the names of three Bagobo subgroups for the Davao River, a major waterway that empties into the Davao Gulf near the city. Furthermore, the city is Mindanao’s main trade, commerce, and industry hub, as well as the regional center of Davao Region. Mount Apo, the highest point in the Philippines, is located in Davao. Agriculture, which includes banana, pineapple, coffee, and coconut plantations, remains the City’s largest economic sector. It is the leading exporter of fruits such as mangoes, bananas, coconut products, pineapples, papayas, and cacao from Mindanao Island. Thus, It combines natural and man-made attractions, historic and cultural sites, adventure and sports, religious, educational, agro-industrial, attractions, entertainment, Kadayawan festival, dining, and shopping.
KADAYAWAN FESTIVAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS
- Kadayawan Tribal Village Opening (Magsaysay Park 4 PM)
- Kadayawan 3D Mapping (City Hall Facade 6 PM)
- Hiyas sa Kadayawan Cultural Presentation (Talent Night) (Bantawan Amphitheatre Magsaysay Park 6 PM)
- Misa Pasasalamat (Bantawan Amphitheatre Magsaysay Park 3-4 PM)
- Pag-abli sa Kadayawan (Magsaysay Park 4:30 PM)
- Bantawan (Bantawan Amphitheatre Magsaysay Park 3 PM)
- Hiyas Kadayawan The Coronation (RMC Petro Gazz Arena 6 PM)
- Sayaw Kadayawan (Bantawan Amphitheatre Magsaysay Park 9 AM – 12 NN / 1:30 PM – 7 PM)
- Bantawan (Bantawan Amphitheatre Magsaysay Park 3 PM)
- Dula Kadayawan (People’s Park 8 – 5 PM)
- Indak Indak sa Kadayawan (San Pedro Square 7 AM – 12 NN)
- Agong Kulintangan sa Kadayawan (Bantawan Amphitheatre Magsaysay Park 1 PM)
- Pamulak sa Kadayawan (San Pedro Square 6 AM – 12 NN)
- Pitik Kadayawan (San Pedro Square 6 AM – 12 NN)
KADAYAWAN FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
HIYAS KADAYAWAN – The Hiyas ng Kadayawan is Davao’s annual search for that one-of-a-kind indigenous young lady who is well-versed in her native culture and wisdom, as revealed through a pageantry of Mindanaoan myths and legends. Here are the winners of the Hiyas Kadayawan 2022:
BEAUTY ROSE GANDAROSA (Maranao) Hiyas ng Kadayawan 2022
ALNEZA BANGASIN (Kagan) Hiyas sa Panaghiusa 2022
KREZYL JOY UNGAB (Bagobo-Klata) Hiyas sa Kalambuan 2022
SAYAW KADAYAWAN – Sayaw Kadayawan is an annual cultural dance theater competition that is part of the Kadayawan Festival. Each performance tells a story that is unique to the tribe from which it comes. Here are the winners of the Sayaw Kadayawan 2022:
Champion: LAPU-LAPU ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
2nd Place: ROXAS CENTRAL ELEMENTARY SSCHOOL (Cotabato City)
3rd Place: MAGALLANES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Champion: MADAYAW CULTURAL ENSEMBLE
2nd Place: AGRO INDUSTRIAL COLLEGE DANCE TROUPE
3rd Place: ILATHALA PERFORMING ARTISTS
DULA KADAYAWAN – It is much more than a gathering of Davao’s 11 tribes. Dula Kadayawan is a showcase of Lumad and Moro games with the goal of raising awareness and educating the younger generation as well as the rest of Dabawenyos about their traditional games and how they are played. Here are thw winners of Dula Kadayawan 2022:
Grand Champion: BAGOBO-KLATA TRIBE (hall of fame)
1st runner up: MAGTISALOG TRIBE
2nd runner up: BAGOBO-TAGABAWA TRIBE
3rd runner up: ATA TRIBE
4th runner up: UBO MANUVO
INDAK INDAK SA KADAYAWAN – Indak sa Kadalanan, a grand display of dances and rituals in Davao City’s main streets. The Kadayawan 2012 street dance competition, themed “Ten Tribes, One Vibe,” was attended by 20 contingents, some of which represented the city’s various tribes. Here are the winners of Indak-indak sa Kadayawan 2022:
SPECIAL AWARDS (Davao-Based Category)
Music (Best in Music) – BERNARDO CARPIO NHS
Choreography (Best Choreographer) – BERNARDO CARPIO NHS
Mask (Best Mask) – BERNARDO CARPIO NHS
Food Panda Award – BERNARDO CARPIO NHS
MAJOR AWARDS (Davao-Based Category)
5th Place – MABINI NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
4th Place – TESDA REGION XI
3rd Place – DONA CARMEN NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
2nd Place – STA. ANA NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
Champion – BERNARDO CARPIO NHS
SPECIAL AWARDS (Open Category)
CBC Madiskarteng Award – (KSPE) MALITA, DAVAO OCCIDENTAL
Music (Best in Music) – SINDAC ANIB PERFORMING ENSEMBLE, BISLIG CITY, SURIGAO DEL SUR
Choreography (Best in Choreographer) – SINDAC ANIB PERFORMING ENSEMBLE, BISLIG CITY, SURIGAO DEL SUR
Mask (Best Mask) – KIDAPAWAN CITY
Food Panda Award – SINDAC ANIB PERFORMING ENSEMBLE, BISLIG CITY, SURIGAO DEL SUR
MAJOR AWARDS (Open Category)
5th Place – (KSPE) MALITA, DAVAO OCCIDENTAL
4th Place – SAM ISLAND CITY COLLEGE
3rd Place – KIDAPAWAN CITY
2nd Place – PALABUNIYAN CULTURAL DANCE ENSEMBLE, PIKIT CORTH COTABATO
Champion – SINDAC ANIB PERFORMING ENSEMBLE, BISLIG CITY, SURIGAO DEL SUR
PAMULAK-PITIK SA KADAYAWAN – One of the final highlights of the annual Kadayawan Festival is the Pamulak sa Dalan (Floral Float Parade). The Pamulak is a shining example of everything that the Kadayawan Festival stands for. During the event, flowers, fruits, tribes, and Dabawenyos take center stage. While Pitik sa Dayawan is the performances of drumbeaters on the floats. Here are the winners of Pamulak-Pitik sa Kadayawan 2022:
DAKO (BIG) – Pamulak sa Kadayawan
Grand Winner – AEON Towers by: Aeon Luxe Properties Inc.
2nd place – VXI Global Holding B.V
3rd place – Philippines AirAsia Inc.
– War Audio “The Original” Davao Loudest Sound
– OfficePartner 360, Inc.
GAMAY (SMALL) – Pamulak sa Kadayawan
Grand Winner – Del Mar Painitan
2nd placer – Communities Davao Inc. Camella Davao
3rd placer – Alorica Teleservices Inc.
LAHI (ANIMALS) – Pamulak sa Kadayawan
Grand winner – Tahawrog Tribe Marilog District, Davao City.
2nd place – Davao Horse Club
3rd place – Blackhawk Extreme Riders of Davao Inc.
– Queens Livelihood Program of Davao Association Inc
– Gawang Cleo’s Event and Style.
Don’t miss out on the fun activities, and make sure to visit as many tourist attractions and events as possible during your stay in Davao. Congratulations to the Winners! HAPPY KADAYAWAN!