The Kadayawan Festival is an annual festival in the city of Davao in the Philippines. Its name derives from the friendly greeting “Madayaw”, from the Dabawenyo word “dayaw”, meaning good, valuable, superior or beautiful. The festival is a celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and serenity of living.
Every year people are eager to watch the Indak Indak sa Dalan (street dancing) and the Pamulak sa Dalan (floral float parade). Indak-Indak sa dalan is done every third Saturday of August while the Pamulak sa dalan is every 3rd Sunday of August. People from all over the Philippines gather and watch these amazing events. There are also foreigners who love celebrating the festival with us.
This year is quite different, before the month-long celebration began a series of bombing happened in our neighboring cities like CDO, Cotabato, Maguindanao, etc. The Mayor even considered the cancellation of the celebration but instead of cancelling the Mayor made sure to tighten the security of Davao City.
Davao City is known to be one of the safest cities in the world today.
Last Saturday I had to work but I didn’t want to miss the celebration. So I went to Roxas Avenue (which is the starting point of the parade) and tried to check the happenings there. Upon entering the streets, I noticed a lot of policemen and every individual who were carrying bags (backpacks or even shoulder bags) were checked. If you wanted to watch the street dancing competition and you happened to be carrying a bag, you have no choice but to deposit it in the designated bags-deposit-area.
I was inspected more than ten times in my 2 hour walk around Roxas Avenue, Claveria Street and Ponciano Reyes street. They didn’t care if you said that you’ve been inspected already. I actually didn’t care as long as I know that all of us were safe.
There was also a helicopter roaming around to make sure that everything was fine.
The Indak Indak sa dalan started at around 8:00AM and I had to leave to go to work but I was still able to take pictures of some of the participants. Here are some of them:
I also took some pictures of what was happening around the area. So many interesting things happened. 😀
The day ended without any BANG! 😉 I mean all of us were safe and the entire celebration of Kadayawan 2013 is a success. All thanks to our Mayor, local officials, policemen, army, barangay tanods and the people. Being vigilant and cautious is better than being sorry. Davaoenos have proven once again that bad elements are not welcome in our city. People in Davao work together to make sure that our city remains safe for everyone. Davao City is one place I would never trade with.