Nalibog ko sa Kadayawan 2012.

Dear Tagalog-speaking friends, in Visayan "nalibog ko" means "I got confused."

Since I've caught your attention, please read why a lot of us Dabawenyos got confused with this year's Kadayawan festival....

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The conflicting statements of the officer in charge has rattled the visiting guests of Davao's liveliest festival. He issued his press statement on May 12, 2012 announcing that the Kadayawan 2012 schedule is slated on August 24-26 this year (story) which caused a stir among the Dabawenyos, and issued another statement days after.

Since the inception of Kadayawan, the festivity has culminated its week-long celebration on the 3rd weekend of August. But  the announcement on this year's change of dates surprised everyone. Most affected are those who have purchased their plane tickets in advance to avail of promo rates the domestic airlines were offering. Davao is one of the costliest route to travel making it an "unpopular" destination for most of our local tourists. But the low-cost airlines changed all that.

In fairness to Jason, he clarified why the said dates and posted this "according to councilor" statement in a social networking site:

Sir Jason, Sir Al, has this resolution been passed & approved in Congress, 
& deemed official here in Davao prior to  May 12 press statement?

Ayan, maliwanag na?

Rebooking mode..... So the sponsors, presentors, participants, tourists, showbiz, usyoseros at usyoseras have to rebook their plane tickets.

May 13th, Sunday. Nagbabagang balita....
"It's final. This year's Kadayawan Festival is scheduled 17-19," Davao City Investment Promotions chief Jason Magnaye said in a text message. (Story)
In the declaration of Kadayawan, it has been stipulated that it will be held every third week of August. (Story)

Ayan, mas maliwanag na. May declaration naman pala. I just wonder why he did not refer to this before making any announcements.

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Rebooking Mode, Part 2..... Sorry folks, please revert your flight schedules to your original dates. Better yet, buy ka na lang ng bagong ticket, mas mura pa. May mga promo rates pa naman, eh.

I hope this clarifies everything fellow Dabawenyos, and readers.

If you ask me, it is mostest easiestest to count forward than backwards in the calendar. This is why Mother's Day is always celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of May, not on the 3rd to the last Sunday, and Father's Day on the 3rd Sunday of June, and not on the 2nd to the last Sunday. It's but logical. Bakit pahihirapan ang sarili? 

Abangan ang susunod na press announcement.....

Strum, strum, strum... ahem, mike test, mike test..... strum.... 
Silence please, the Bitch will now sing a song...

I wonder how
I wonder why
Yesterday you told me 'bout the blue blue sky
And all that I can see is just another lemon-tree
I'm turning my head up and down
I'm turning turning turning turning turning around
And all that I can see is just a yellow lemon-tree
And I wonder, wonder