Festival shows unique blend of culture, tradition, diversity

Inquirer Libre - Davao - - PANGUNAHING PAHINA -

THE PHILIPPINE Eagle never ceases to amaze. At one meter tall with a wingspan of almost two meters, the intimidating arched beak and long crown feathers, it is easy to understand why it was known as one of the three largest eagles in the world.

Proud and powerful, this giant raptor is one of the symbols of Davao City.

In this year's 32nd celebration of the Kadayawan Festival, the eagle is again taking the spotlight--only it is even more prominent with its vibrant colors that speak volume of the diversity of the 11 tribes of the city, the uniqueness of their faith and culture and tradition.

The Philippine Eagle truly represents the city of more than 1.6 million people now soared like the "Haring Ibon" as they embrace the promise of development and growth.

Over the past years, all eyes have been on Davao City as it moves fast from its harrowing past of murders and unrest to being one of the country's past growing economies.

Like the Philippine Eagle, which scientists claim to be genetically a rare product of evolutionary creation, history has made the city a unique blend of culture and tradition. This uniqueness is being celebrated every year through the Kadayawan Festival.

Davao City has many things to be thankful for, including its ability to be resilient in times of adversity. This year’s Kadayawan theme describes the Dabawenyos’ unspoken motto: “Stand Tall. United. Resilient.”

While Kadayawan has always been known as a thanksgiving festival, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio best described it as 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."

By pushing through with this year’s Kadayawan Festival despite the many challenges being faced by Mindanao and the country, Dabawenyos showed not only the whole country but also the whole world, that life is indeed here.

For Dabawenyos, life is best experienced in the city through its colorful culture--represented by its tri-people, including the Christians, Muslims, and the Indigenous Peoples’ 11 tribes.

Locals and visitors can also expect to be served a wide array of the city’s gastronomic delights, some of which, they can bring home so their loved ones.

The city government has promised that the 32nd Kadayawan Sa Davao would be truly spectacular with its kick off on Aug. 14 with the Pag-Abli sa Kadayawan at the Magsaysay Park-featuring the mini-community of the 11 tribes called Kadayawan Village.

The other highlights are Bantawan, Habi Kadayawan, Subang Sinugdanan ug Panagtagbo, Dula Kadayawan, Hiyas sa Kadayawan, Kaondayawan, Mugna Kadayawan, Indak-indak sa Kadalanan, Tunog Kadayawan, Sayaw Kadayawan, and Pitik Kadayawan.

ARJOY M. CENIZA

A TRIBAL leader from Ata Tribes offers a white native chicken in leading the blessing and thanksgiving ceremony of their newly built tribal house, participated by members, during the opening of Kadayawan IP Village at Ramon Magsaysay Park Davao City on Aug. 14.

PHOTOS BY ARJOY M. CENIZA

A TRIBAL leader from Ata Tribes leads the blessing and thanksgiving ceremony of their newly built tribal house using a white native chicken during the opening of Kadayawan IP Village at Ramon Magsaysay Park Davao City.

ARJOY M. CENIZA

11 Hiyas representing their tribes pose for unity before their talent night at Ramon Magsaysay Park Davao City on Tuesday Morning.

MAYOR Sarah Duterte Carpio leads the symbolic banging of the gong during the formal opening of 32nd Kadayawan Festival in Davao City, a week-long celebration full of excitement and fun. It ends on Aug. 20.

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