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It’s Kadayawan Festival Time Again

There are many festivals and fiestas in Davao. From the neighborhood or barangay to the larger citywide festivals. The biggest festival is the Kadayawan (Ka-da-ya-wan) Festival. This is the 24th year of this celebration. Officially it is runs from August 18 through the 24th but there are activities all week.

Kadayawan history:

KADAYAWAN is a festival of thanksgiving for bountiful harvest and tribute to its colorful tribes in Exotic Mindanao.

A celebration that interfaces the three aspects; tribal, industrial and arts and entertainment. The festivities will be highlighted by the floral float, street-dancing competitions and exhibits showcasing the island’s tourism products and services.


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. It was then called Apo Duwaling, a contraction of the famous icons of the city, the Mt. Apo, durian and waling-waling. Two years later, it was renamed Kadayawan to better reflect the merry spirit and indigenous theme of the celebration.

However, today, Kadayawan has metamorphosed into a festival, the mother of many other festivals in the region as it honors Davao’s heritage, its past personified by the ancestral lumads as they celebration on the streets, and its floral industry as they parade in full regalia in thanksgiving for the blessings bestowed.


Through 18 Kadayawan years, Davao City has nurtured a culture of peace in harmony with nature and with great respect to indigenous traditions. It has become the gateway to the arts and culture of Mindanao. All these are found in Kadayawan. Sun.Star Davao

The Festival consists of many activities. Some of the cultural exhibits show the different Lumad (indigenous people) in their native dress and dances. There is also a two parades, one where there are many dance teams in their bright costumes. The next day there is a parade of floats sponsored my businesses and clubs. Last year, after the parade, many of the floats go on display in the parking lot of SM Mall in Ecoland.

For a full schedule of events and more information,visit the Official Kadayawan Website.

12 Responses to “It’s Kadayawan Festival Time Again”

  1. Riza says:

    Hi, sorry for the off-topic, but I need your inputs please…thank you!!

    here’s the direct link…

  2. Rich says:

    I have still not see this 1. Have not been there at this time of year I guess, looks fun. BTW you have some code displayed on your page above below the article above the comments.

    • Bruce says:

      With the crowds and schedules, all I saw last year was the float display at SM mall. Will try to go this year.

      Thanks for the info, it came in with the photos. Cleared now.

  3. johnray says:

    seems to be a very colorful festival. Generally, Filipino festival do get better every year…as long as the politicians pay good money and there will be some establishments will to shoulder some of the expenses….festival here in roxas, palawan are still quite premature…so it’s not yet that attractive to guests…

    • Bruce says:

      John Ray,
      It is very colorful. The costumes and floats are decorated with vibrant colors. I hope someday the festivals there improve as they have here and maybe I can come visit and see it there too.

  4. Vanessa says:

    The last time i remember attending the festival was when i was still in elementary. My family went on a trip for the weekend. All i remember was the colorful parade. Didn’t really check other activities either. One thing for sure we did that time was eat durian until we got sick lol.

    • Bruce says:

      Once you move here, you can see it and see how it has grown. About Durian, it took you longer than me, the one time I tasted it, it almost made me sick with my first and only taste.

  5. Vanessa says:

    Sick in a good way, it’s creamy, almost like eating buckets of whip cream, at least that’s how i describe it’s consistency. I’m sure if you keep trying you will end up liking it. Seems like Bob is enjoying it now. Well it took me years of disgust before my palate finally gave in lol. Looking forward this October to feast the native fruit once again along Magsaysay park.

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