Kadayawan Festival 2022: What to Expect?

2022 Kadayawan Sa Dabaw Festival: Schedule Of Activities

Kadayawan Festival 2022 Schedule of Activities

Kadayawan Festival 2022 Schedule of Events and Activities

Harvest festivals are celebrations that date back to ancient times when early men and women would celebrate after a day’s harvest by partying. Through the years, these festivities became an annual tradition to honor deities and an auspicious period to welcome the start of a new season. Several regions worldwide have their own harvest festivals, like the Apple & Grape Harvest Festival in Australia, Mid-Autumn Festival in China, and the Rice Harvest Festival in Bali. In the Philippines, there is the Dinamulag Festival in Zambales, Pahiyas in Quezon, Kadayawan Festival in Davao City, and many more.

Kadayawan Festival 2022 Schedule of Activities
Kadayawan Festival 2022 Schedule of Activities

About 2022 Kadayawan Festival

After two years of online celebrations, the City Government of Davao has reopened its public spaces for the Kadayawan Festival 2022.

Kadayawan Festival is an annual festival in Davao City that celebrates a bountiful harvest of fruits and flowers, thanking the nature gods through rituals, dancing, singing, and promoting the diverse and rich cultural heritage of the ethnolinguistic tribes found in Davao City.

These tribes are the Ata, Iranun, Kagan, Klata-Guiangan, Maguindanao, Maranao, Matigsalog, Ovu-Manuvu, Sama, Tagabawa and Tausug. The Atas, or “dwellers in highlands,” are known for their multipurpose baskets made of “liyang” designed by the women of the Ata Tribe. Iranuns are regarded as the fiercest pirates within the Malay community. Kagans are the only Islamized ethnolinguistic tribe in Davao City known to be agriculturists. Klata-Guiangans are known as forest dwellers, occupying a smaller territory within Davao City. The Maguindanaons, originating from the Maguindanao province, are known for their colorful “inaul” cloth. Maranaos are called “People of the Lake,” known for the Torogan structure, a traditional ancestral house built for the nobility. Matigsalogs, meaning “River People” or “From the River,” are reputed as one of Davao’s most colorful tribes. The Ovu-Manuvus are known for their fine weaponry and intricate jewelry, which they believe to possess and latch on to souls. The Sama tribe’s name comes from the word “sama-sama” meaning “together,” which the aptly named tribe values. Tagabawas, or Bagobos, are known for producing ikat textiles on abaca. Lastly, Tausugs, or “People of the Current,” are traditionally known as traders, sailors, and pearl divers.

The thanksgiving rituals of each tribe were promoted by then-Mayor Elias B. Lopez in the 1970s. In 1986, the City Government of Davao initiated an “Unlad Proyekto Davao” project to unite Davaoeños during the uncertain times of Martial Law. The festival then was called “Apo Duwaling,” named after the three natural wonders found within the region: Mt. Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines, Durian, known as the “King of the Fruits,” and Waling-waling, recognized as the “Queen of the Philippine orchids.” The festival was renamed in 1988 by then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to “Kadayawan sa Dabaw.” The festival’s name is derived from the word “madayaw” meaning valuable.

2022 Kadayawan sa Davao Festival Street Dance
2022 Kadayawan sa Davao Festival Street Dance

Kadayawan Festival 2022 is highlighted by several major events.

  • Indak Indak sa Kadayawan is a street dancing parade and competition performed by different tribes and schools focusing on footwork and body movement.
  • Dula Kadayawan aims to raise awareness and educate the younger generation on Lumad and Moro games and how they are played. These include hunting, water fetching, rice threshing, and winnowing.
  • Tambayayong sa Kadayawan celebrates the jubilant spirit during Davao’s harvest season, the month of August.
  • Hiyas sa Kadayawan is the search for the Festival Gem from one of the eleven ethnolinguistic tribes in Davao City that embodies her tribe’s cultural identity.

Bantawan is a 4-day cultural celebration of the eleven ethnolinguistic tribes in Davao City and features various exhibits like music and dance workshops, cultural presentations, and artisans demonstrating their skills in food, traditional attires, weaving, handicrafts, accessories, artifacts, and musical instruments. Cultural exchange activities of the eleven ethnolinguistic tribes through Pagsaluy-Kanduli sa Bantawan and informal forums on various customary practices also take place. The National Commission for Culture and the Arts will also unveil the newly improved Bantawan Amphitheater, one of the chosen venues of the Dinehey Mindanao Project for Culture and Arts Hub.

Kadayawan sa Dabaw 2022 Schedule of Activities

Calendar of Events for the 37th Kadayawan sa Davao Festival 2022
Calendar of Events for the 37th Kadayawan sa Davao Festival 2022

August 15 | Monday

  • 3PM – 4PM – Misa Pasasalamant (Bantawan Amphitheatre, Magsaysay Park)
  • 4:30PM – Pag-abli sa Kadayawan (Bantawan Amphitheatre, Magsaysay Park)

August 16 | Tuesday

  • 3PM – Bantawan (Bantawan Amphitheatre, Magsaysay Park)

August 17 | Wednesday

  • 6PM – Hiyas sa Kadayawan: The Coronation (RMC Petro Gazz Arena)

August 18 | Thursday

  • 9AM – 12NN & 1:30PM – 7PM – Sayaw Kadayawan (Bantawan Amphitheatre, Magsaysay Park)
  • 3PM – Bantawan (Bantawan Amphitheatre, Magsaysay Park)

August 19 | Friday

  • 8:30AM – 5PM – Dula Kadayawan (People’s Park)
  • 3PM – Bantawan (Bantawan Amphitheatre, Magsaysay Park)

August 20 | Saturday

  • 7AM – 12NN – Indak Indak sa Kadayawan (San Pedro Square)
  • 1PM – Agong Kulintangan sa Kadayawan (Bantawan Amphiteathere, Magsaysay Park)
  • 3PM – Bantawan (Bantawan Amphitheatre, Magsaysay Park)

August 21 | Sunday

  • 6AM – 12NN – Pamulak sa Kadayawan (San Pedro Square)
  • 6AM – 12NN – Pitik Kadayawan (San Pedro Square)
  • 1PM – Agong Kulintangan sa Kadayawan (Bantawan Amphiteathere, Magsaysay Park)
  • 6PM – Tambayayong sa Kadayawan (Bantawan Amphitheatre, Magsaysay Park)

Things to Do in Davao City and Nearby Towns

Where to Stay in Davao City for Kadayawan Festival 2022

How to Get to Davao City

By Air

Fly from Manila (less than two hours) to Davao via the Davao International Airport.

Flights are also available from other key cities such as Butuan, Clark, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Dipolog, Iloilo, Kalibo, Puerto Princesa, Zamboanga and even Singapore.

Land

Buses are available from Manila and key points in Mindanao, including Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cotabato, Digos, General Santos, Kidapawan, Koronadal, Surigao and Tagum.

Sea

There are ferries that travel from Manila to Davao.

Travel Tips

  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. The festival events take place in several locations across Davao City, which means a lot of walking.
  • Be prepared for the changing weather. The week of celebration can bring periodic rains or hot sunny days. Be sure to bring fans, extra shirts, hats, and umbrellas to stay dry and fresh all day.
  • Pack light snacks and water. Make sure to bring water in transparent tumblers.
  • Travel lightly and be mindful of personal valuables like mobile phones and wallets, as the festival can bring in thousands of domestic and international visitors.
  • Observe minimum public health standards. Always wear face masks, wash hands frequently and observe physical distancing. The City Government of Davao are expecting more crowding and mass gatherings, especially for the three major events, Hiyas ng Kadayawan, Indak Indak sa Kadayawan and Pamulak sa Kadayawan.
  • Pick which activities to attend beforehand and don’t forget when and where the activity will take place. Check out the official Facebook page for updates on the Kadayawan Festival and its events (facebook.com/kadayawanfest/).

The Kadayawan Festival will continue to surprise locals and travelers with a week of music, dance performances, street markets, and other events showcasing Davao’s indigenous culture.

So what are you waiting for? Book your flights now to enjoy the 37th Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival this August!

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