Kadayawan Festival is an annual celebration in the City of Davao during the third (3rd) week of August. It is a celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and serenity of living. It also focuses on the multicolored mix of Davao and Mindanao’s indigenous communities as well as migrant settlers, whose identities make up the rich cultural heritage of this island.
2015 Kadayawan sa Dabaw Activities
- 6pm Onwards: Hudyakan sa Kadayawan @ Roxas Avenue
August 17 (Mon)
- 4:30-5:30PM: Ecumenical Mass @ Rizal Park
- 6PM-8PM: Opening of 30th Kadayawan sa Dabaw @ San Pedro Square
- 7PM-12MN: Kadayawan Street Party @ San Pedro Square
August 18 (Tue)
- 8AM-5PM: Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (Preliminary) @ Davao Recreation Center
- 6PM-12MN: Tunog Mindanaw @ San Pedro Square
August 19 (Wed)
- 6PM-10PM: Sayaw Mindanaw 2015 (Finals) @ Davao Recreation Center
August 20 (Thu)
- 8AM-5PM: Lumadnong Dula @ People’s Park
- 4PM-12MN: Kadayawan Street Party @ San Pedro Square
August 21 (Fri)
- 7AM-9PM: Davao River Festival @ Tionko Field
- 9AM-12PM: Panagtagbo @ Tionko Field
- 2PM-5PM: Lumadnong Bantawan @ Rizal Park
- 6PM: Hiyas sa Kadayawan 2015 @ Davao Recreation Center
August 22 (Sat)
- 8AM-5PM: Indak Indak sa Kadalanan (From Roxas Ave. to San Pedro Street)
August 23 (Sun)
- 5PM-12MN: Pahalipay Concert ni Mayor Rudy ug Vice-Mayor Pulong @ San Pedro Square
- 8AM-12PM: Pamulak Kadayawan (From Magsaysay Ave. to San Pedro Street)
It was said that, long time ago, Davao’s ethnic tribes residing at the foot of Mount Apo would converge during a bountiful harvest. This ritual serves as their thanksgiving to the gods particularly to the “Manama” (the Supreme Being).
Various farming implements, fruits, flowers, vegetables, rice and corn grains were displayed on mats as villagers give their respect and thanks for the year’s abundance. Singing, dancing and offerings to their divine protectors are the highlights of this ritual.
Although times have changed, this practice of thanksgiving or “pahinungod” is still very much practiced by modern day Davaoeños. This tradition flourished and evolved into an annual festival of thanksgiving.
In the 1970’s, Mayor Elias B. Lopez, a Bagobo, initiated tribal festivals featuring the Lumad and the Muslim tribes of Davao City where they showcase their dances and rituals of thanksgiving.
Later in 1986, a program called “Unlad Proyekto Davao” was initiated by the government which was aimed to unite the Dabawenyos after the turbulent Martial Law era. At that time, the festival was called “Apo Duwaling,” a name created from the famous icons of Davao: Mt. Apo, the country’s highest peak; Durian, the king of fruits; and Waling-waling, the queen of orchids.
“Apo Duwaling” was meant to showcase the city as a peaceful destination to visit and to do business after 1986 EDSA Revolution.
Finally in 1988, City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte renamed the festival as “Kadayawan sa Dabaw” to celebrate the bountiful harvest of Davao’s flowers, fruits and other produce as well as the wealth of the city’s cultures. To this day, the festival continues to honor the city’s richness and diverse artistic, cultural and historical heritage in a grand celebration of thanksgiving for all of Davao City’s blessings.
Source: Davao Tourism