My Davao: Kadayawan

Before it was named Kadayawan, do you know what the Davao festival was called?

 The Kadayawan Festival is the most festive and colorful event in Davao. It draws in tourists, both domestic and international. The annual August event held on the third week highlights the 11 tribes of Davao City: 

          • Tausug
          • Maguindanaon
          • Iranun
          • Kagan
          • Maranao
          • Sama
          • Klata
          • Ata
          • Ovu Manuvu
          • Matigsalog
          • Tagabawa

Adding to the showcase of cultural heritage, the Kadayawan also displays what Davao is known for -- the blooms, fruit harvest and culinary delights. The week-long affair is culminated with the vibrant street dancing and radiant floral float parade.

Kadayawan is derived from the Dabawenyo word "Madayaw," a friendly greeting which that has several meanings: good, beautiful. It is a festival that celebrates life, an appreciation of gratitude for the gifts of nature. 

It was in 1986 when the first festival was held. Before it was named Kadayawan, it was called "Apo Duwaling," coined after three Davao icons- Mt. Apo, Durian and Waling-waling.