Some 36 business firms, including private and government organizations have expressed interest of joining the Kadayawan sa Dabaw floral float parade on Aug. 23 in Davao City.
Organizer of the Pamulak Kadayawan headed by its committee chairman James Zimmerman conducted its first briefing on Aug. 6 at the conference room of the SP Building with participates of the event. The final briefing will be held on Aug.20 and to also determine the order of the parade.
Zimmerman said the M.Lhuillier, a US-based organization named as the Filipino Social Club of New York is interested in joining the parade.
The other participants include SUL Orchids, Coca-Cola Bottlers Phils., Anak ng Dabaw, Kalagan Tribe, AGWI, Independence Riders Team, PWI, TAO-SUCA, Davao City Federation of Fisherfolk, Brgy.Hizon, NCIP-XI, O.S.D., DACCMEPI, 2nd District Women’s, Flowerworx, Kasama Ka, Vendors, IWAG Dabaw, GPII ACO-XI, VFP Sons and Daughters, DPWH, Maranao Tribe, Concentrix, DA, Asialink, Europcar, DARRO XI, Brgy.9-A, Sr.Sto.Nino de Davao, Sasa Brgy.Council, DOH XI, Sama Tribe, Brgy.21-C, Natasha, Becker Colloidal Silver Phils. and Maguindanaoan Tribe.
This year’s big float winner will win P750,000, P500,000 for the second placer and P250,000 for the third placer while the small float category bags P300,000 — P200,000 for the first runner-up and P100,000 for the second runner-up plus P25,000 each for the two consolation prize winners.
The first placer in the alternative category will bring home P100,000, P75,000 for the second placer and P50,000 for the third placer while two consolation prize winners will win P10,000, each.
Meanwhile, the month long Kadayawan sa Dabaw agro-industrial trade fair and exhibit will open on Monday at SM City Davao and will run until Aug. 31, 2009.
On display are endemic flowers, plants, fruits, vegetables, Mindanao crafts and souvenir items.
Datu Max Gabao, organizer of the trade fair and exhibit said the significance of the Kadayawan festival is that it is a cultural community festival of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest of fruits and flowers which features the customs and traditions of the Bagobo tribe of Davao.
Kadayawan best describes the festival that reflects the ethnicity and nativeness of the celebration.
In Executive Order No. 13 series of 2009 issued by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, it stated that the Kadayawan Festival is mainly a festival that celebrates the city’s indigenous peoples, its diverse cultures, and its unique arts and crafts and that the local government is mindful of the indigenous peoples’ need to assert their rights to self determination and cultural preservation while peacefully co-existing with the city’s migrant settlers.
The opening ceremony of Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival will be on Aug. 16 at 3 p.m.
Aside from the agro-trade fair at SM other activities include the Sayaw Mindanaw where the semi-finals will be on Aug.18-20 and final selection will be on Aug. 21.
Another event is the Moda Mindanaw. It is a chic and glamorous showcase of fashion collection by Davao’s premier designers, featuring Mindanao-inspired silhouettes and ethnic colors and natural fabric. The final night will be on Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. at the SM Event Center.
There will also be a Kadayawan Slippers Design Competition where one can express their artistic Mindanaoan self through flip-flops and the Indak-Indak where dancing and parade will take place around the SM City grounds on Aug.1-31.
A Kadayawan Costume Exhibit will also showcase the different Kadayawan tribal costumes from Aug. 16-23.
A government initiated activity will also be held in time for the festival with the holding of the 2nd Kaniyogan Festival that is organized by the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Davao where it features different coconut products and other coconut inspired technologies from Aug. 9-11.
The private sector will also hold the Mindanao Culinary Festival on Aug. 14.
To add color to the festivities Manila artists will be at SM for a celebrity tour namely the “Rachel Ann Go Live!”, “Pupil Live!” where Levi’s brings to SM Davao Elly Buendia and his band Pupil Live, and “Dingdong Dantes Live!” this time Mario D’ Boro takes one of the hottest actors today – Dingdong Dantes to town.
SM Davao brand manager Jay Mandolara, said that in line with the Festival, SM Davao will conduct from Aug. 14-23 a Kadayawan mall-wide sale. Mall hours will be extended to 10 p.m. on Aug. 17, 20 and 23 and on Aug. 21-22 the mall will be open until 12 midnight.