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Kadayawan Festival 2016 Schedule of Activities

Kadayawan Festival

Kadayawan Festival 2016

Now that the Philippines has a newly elected President, incumbent President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, people became more interested in knowing and exploring more about Davao where the incoming president served for almost 20 years. This coming 12th of August, Davao will start celebrating its 31st Kadayawan Festival.

Kadayawan Festival 2016
Kadayawan Festival 2016 By GinaD – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Kadayawan festival is an annual festival held in Davao City. It was said that the origin of this festival was the thanksgiving offerings made by the locals in Davao’s Mount Apo to express their gratitude to their diety named “Manama.” The name of festival “Kadayawan” came from the local dialect “Madayaw.” Madayaw means something with utmost importance, precious or in other terms a treasured valuable. It gives clearance on why the said celebration is about thanksgiving.

Fresh fruits, vegetables, rice and other farm products are put on a mat to be offered. Not only that, loud singing, energetic dancing and ululations were also made by the locals to make the offerings more appealing. Up to this day, it is good to say that that the festival was preserved and have not changed much but there are still minor changes. Some of these are the Kadayawan festival gives way to some independent festivals while remaining the main theme of the celebration which is thanksgiving and has also combined cultural and historic influences.

Davao Kadayawan Festival 2016
Davao Kadayawan Festival 2016 By GinaD – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

During the festival, local and foreign visitors tend to shop for farm products. In this point, form products are made affordable for everyone plus you get the chance to have a glimpse of how the foods are prepared.

The festival is celebrated every third week of August. As expected, the numbers of tourists soar high. Because of this, you should make accommodation bookings in advance.

The scheduled activities and venues are as follows:

08-12-168:00 AM- 11 AM


4:00 PM- 6:00 PM

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte Cerium  Race

Fashion Presentation of HiyassaKadayawan

Magallanes, CM Recto, Rizal Legazpi

Gaisano South Citimall

08-13-16SKIM Davao 3rd Whoosh NatinalSkimboarding EventMerGrande Ocean Resort
08-14-166:00 AM- 1:00 PMFlight of the EaglesMagsaysay park-Malagos
08-15-168:00 AM- 1:00 PMWAW Davao Recreational Kayak RaceDavao Marina Mark
08-16-168:00 AM- 2:00 PM


10:00 AM- 6:00 PM



5:30 PM- 6:00 PM


7:00 PM

Davao Whale Watching


Preliminaries of the SayawMindanaw


Mass and Promenade of Pasasalamat

Concert of 200 Voices

Lasang, Davao City


SM City Davao



Quezon Park


Centennial Park

08-16-168:00 AM- 4:00 PM



10:00 AM-6:00 PM



7:00 PM




7:00 PM



9:00 AM- 8:00 PM

7:00 PM- August 18

WAW Davao Surfing 101


Preliminaries of the SAYAW MINDANAW


Search for Festival Symbol or HIYAS SA KADAYAWAN


Mindanao Fashion Show or UROG ETNIKA


Ikabana International Exhibit

Chemas Beach Resort



SM City Davao



SM City Davao




SM City Davao



NCCC Mall Ground Level Palma Gil Street

08-17-168:00 AM- 4:00 PM




8:00 AM- 6:00 PM


9:00 AM- 4:00 PM



4:00 PM- 8:00 PM


7:30 PM- 11:30 PM


6:30 PM- 12:00 MN

WAW Davao Sports Fishing and Island Hopping


Kasamongan Festival


Davao River Festival or SUBA SA KINABUHI




2nd Global PWU-PWC Alumni

Island Garden City of Samal



IIPE Grounds


Davao River Promenade



Matina Town Square



The Venue

 08-18-16 morning until afternoon


9:00 AM- 12:00 NN



1:00 PM- 5:00 PM




4:30 PM- 10:00 PM




morning until afternoon


7:00 PM



6:00 PM- 12:00 MN

 Globe Intensity G Caravan


Davao Horse Rite or HURAWAN


Indigenous Peoples Festival or LUMADNONG KAGIKAN


WAW Davao Sunset Cruise and Moonlight Cruise


ABS CBN Global Concert




Blue Roost: Ateneo de Manila National Reunion


Rizal Park



Gaisano Mall of Davao


Davao Gulf

Rizal Park

SM City Davao


The Marco Polo Davao


08-19-168:00 AM- 4:00 PM




9:00 AM-9:00 PM




12 :00 NN- 3:00 PM


2:00 PM- 5:00 PM


7:30 PM




7:30 PM- 2:00 AM



7:00 PM


9:00 AM-5:30 PM

WAW Davao Barkadahan: An Island Getaway


Ginoong Kadayawan

Longest Durian Roll

David Pomeranz Concert


M.O.R. For Life! Street Party

Airsoft Games


Davao Gulf


Major City Routes






Roxas Avenue


NCCC Mall Conventional Hall

Major City Routes


Bonifacio Street – Legaspi Street



08-20-168:00 AM-4:00 PM


1:30 PM- 5:30 PM



5:30 PM- 12:00 MN

WAW Davao Diving 101

Floral Float Parade or HALAD @






Major Downtown Areas


Rizal Park



Kadayawan Festival
Kadayawan Festival

So what are you waiting for? Book your flights as early as now to enjoy the 31st Kadayawan Festival at its finest!

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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