Madayaw kaninyong Tanan sa Dabaw! Prosperous to you all in Davao.
On every third week of the month of August each year, the City of Durian, Davao City holds the annual feast celebration of Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival.
Madayaw is a warm and friendly greetings that means bountiful, valuable, superior, beautiful or profitable. The word Madayaw when this is associated to Kadawayan sa Dabaw, it directly connects to a Festival, that means a Festival for a celebration of good life, and thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest.
Hence, the Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival then come to life.
It is also during this festival that the 10 tribes will converge for a thanksgiving rituals, thanking the gods for a bountiful harvest.
These 10 indigenous tribes people composed of the Matigsalug (from the Salug river, that also traverses the Bukidnon highlands), Ata, Ovu-Manuvo (they are also present in Pangantucan in Bukidnon), Klata-Djangan, Tagabawa, Tausog, Maguindanao, Maranao, Kagan, and Sama. These people converge to the city and will wear their ethnic costumes and indigenous dress and parade in the streets of Davao.
August 17, 2013 - That is Saturday, Indak-indak sa Kadalanan (Street Dancing)
August 18, 2013 - Sunday, Pamulak sa Kadalanan (Parade of Flowers)
I have been praying this time that I would witness this grandest event in Davao, because the reason I love to watch every Festival in our country, the Philippines, not only the colorful costumes they are wearing but to feel the vibes of our cultural heritage that hopefully the next generation would continue the sense of preserving it.