KADAYAWAN is a celebration in Davao that interfaces three aspects: tribal, industrial and arts, and entertainment. This year, the biggest fiesta celebration is turning 25.
The festivities will be highlighted by the floral float parade called the Pamulak Kadayawan, street-dancing competition known as the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan, and exhibits showcasing the island's tourism products and services.
Here's the list of schedule for 2010:
July 20-22 Agri-Trade Fair
Aug 16-22 Panagtagbo sa Peoples Park
Aug 16 Fair Trade Opening
Aug 20 Festival Opening
Aug 20 Hudyakaan
Aug 20 Hiyas sa Kadayawan
Aug 21 Indak Indak sa Kadalanan
Aug 22 Pamulak
Madayaw is the warm and friendly greeting derived from the Dabawenyo word "dayaw" that means good. It is also used to describe anything that is valuable, superior or beautiful. Such is "Kadayawan," a celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and the serenity of living.
The thanksgiving festival was institutionalized in 1986 to unite the Dabawenyos after the turbulent Martial Law years.