Are you ready for this year's celebration of Kadayawan Festival? "Kadayawan sa Dabaw" is Davao City's most anticipated festival in celebration of life, culture and a thanksgiving for the bountiful harvest. Held annually on the third week of August, Kadayawan Festival 2014 is the biggest celebration in the whole of Davao region. It also happens together with the harvest season of local produce and the blooming of many flowers. Madayaw Davao!
Kadayawan 2014 is a month long celebration; basing on previous celebrations the highlights of the festival will fall on August 16 and 17, 2014 with Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan (Street Dancing) and Pamulak sa Kadalanan (Floral Float Parade) respectively. Be sure to save the dates of the festival and plan your trip ahead.
Schedule of Kadayawan Festival 2014 (Highlights)
August 16, 2014 (Saturday)
Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan - Indak-indak, which literally means stomping one's feet on the ground, is a competition of different tribes-participants showcasing choreographed dance inspired by Mindanao's indigenous traditions, legends, myths and cultural events.
August 17, 2014 (Sunday)
Pamulak Kadayawan - a float parade featuring Davao Region's flowers and fruits.
This schedule shall be updated as soon as a more detailed schedule comes.
UPDATED Schedule of Kadayawan Festival 2014
How to Get to Davao City
The fastest way to reach Davao City is by plane. Davao City, being one of the most urbanized cities in Mindanao, it can be reached on affordable flights from Manila and other key cities in the country such as Cebu and Zamboanga, among many others. Major local airlines have several flights daily to Davao City making it one of the most accessible cities in the country.
By Land and Sea
Davao City can also be reached by land and sea from Manila via bus and RORO. You may check with Philtranco Bus Company for the schedule of trips.
Things to do in (and near) Davao City
- Whitewater Rafting
- Visit Davao Crocodile Park
- Mel's Davao Food Tour
- Explore Samal Island
Where to Eat in Davao City
When it comes to food, Davao City offers a lot of dining places that will surely stimulate your taste buds. Be it a fine dining restaurant, a "hole in the wall" diners or simply a street food kiosk, you will surely enjoy Davao City as there are a lot of food options to choose from. Where to eat in Davao City? Here are some of the places I've been to which I recommend for you to try.
- RBG Bar and Grill of Park Inn by Radisson
- Lachi's Sans Rival Atbp.
- Majid's Persian Kabab
- Bulca Chong Restaurant
- Blugre' Coffee
- Archipelago 7107 by Barrio Fiesta
For more details on these dining places and restaurants in Davao City, click HERE.
Where to Stay in Davao City
Due to the festive season it is necessary that you plan your Kadayawan 2014 trip in advance. Davao City has a wide array of affordable and high quality hotels, guest/pension houses, hostel and inns for you to stay in! Here are 2 of my recommended accommodations in Davao City which I have personally tried:
- Bahay ni Tuding Inn and Resto - 160 San Pedro Street Davao City
- Green Windows Dormitel - FTC Tower, 5th Floor, 1034 Mt. Apo St., Davao City
For my coverage on Kadayawan Festival 2013 and List of Winners, click HERE.
Certainly, Davao City's Kadayawan Festival is a must-see celebration in Mindanao. A celebration of thanksgiving and abundance you shouldn't miss! Festivals are definitely more fun in the Philippines! Madayaw Davao!
UPDATE: KADAYAWAN 2014 LIST OF WINNERS
HIYAS SA KADAYAWAN
Susan Batawan of the Ata Tribe - Hiyas sa Kadayawan
Chally Lou Macaran of the Matigsalog Tribe - Hiyas sa Kalamboan
Kessia Carol Tar of the Bagobo-Klata Tribe - Hiyas sa Panaghiusa
INDAK-INDAK SA KADALANAN
Champion - City of Mati
1st Runner-up - Christian School of Polomolok
2nd Runner-up - Cabantian National High School
3rd Runner-up - Sta. Ana National High School Performing Arts
4th Runner-up - San Luiz National High School
Champion - Bgy. Kapitan Tomas
1st Runner-up - Davao Horse Club
2nd Runner-up - Club VeeDub Davao
3rd Runner-up - Philippine Daily Inquirer
4th Runner-up - Hydie Jereos
Champion - International Pharmaceutical Inc.
1st Runner-up - Concentrix
2nd Runner-up - Bgy. Sta. Cruz, Talikud Island
3rd Runner-up - University of the Philippines Los Baños Alumni Assoc.
4th Runner-up - Ines Flower Shop
"Congratulations to all the winners!
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