Davao City will celebrate 2017 Kadayawan Festival

Inquirer Libre - Davao - - PANGUNAHING PAHINA - By Judy Quiros

“We will surmount any challenge as we always have; we will not allow our fears to cripple us.” This was the message of Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio during the recent launching of Davao City’s 32nd Kadayawan Festival.

Her statement came amid speculations the city will forego of the Kadayawan Festival because of the state of martial law in Mindanao and fears of a spill over of the more than two months of war between government troops and Islamic State-inspired militants in Marawi City.

At the launch held at The Marco Polo Davao last month, the mayor invited Davaoneños to join the Kadayawan activities, a weeklong celebration from August 14 to 20.

She said the Kadayawan is a “recognition of, and a call for us to transcend boundaries, and show the world we are one diverse community working as one towards peace, inclusive growth and environmental protection.”

The mayor also urged the city’s security forces to be present in the planning stage of the activities to determine the appropriate security schemes for the protection of the people during the celebration period. The mayor is chairperson of the Kadayawan Executive Committee.

Capt. Ronald Go, Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. president and Kadayawan 2017 co-chairperson, said for this year’s Kadayawan, they want to send a message that it’s all systems go in Davao even under the state of martial law.

Davao Tourism Association (DATA) president and festival director Gatchi Gachalian said they opted to launch Kadayawan early to inform the public the festival will continue as planned.

“Maaga kami ngayon kasi we know that people are still not sure if Kadayawan will push through and we are still in the martial law period and we want it earlier so that the message is #tuloynatuloyangkadayawan,” he said.

There will still Indak Indak sa Kadalanan (Street Dancing), which is one of the most anticipated events in the festival, where ethnic groups from the Mindanao region showcase their respective dances and traditional garb.

Tourists may also witness the Mindanao Indigenous Dance Festival and party with the locals at the Yanog ug Yugyugan sa Kadalanan (Street Disco), a beauty pageant (Hiyas ng Kadayawan), and the fluvial parade or the Davao River Festival.

The other main highlight of the festival is the Floral Float Parade (Pamulak sa Kadalanan).

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THERE will still be scenes like this during this year’s celebration of Davao City’s Kadayawan Festival assured Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte-Carpio.

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PHOTOS of past Kadayawan Festivals.

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SCENED of past Kadayawan Festivals.

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