Indak Indak sa Dalan 2013

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.

Policemen Barricading the starting point of the Parade

Policemen Barricading the starting point of the Parade

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 Helicopter

The Helicopter

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:

The arrival of some of the dancers

The arrival of some of the dancers

The dancers trying to gather around and prepare

The dancers trying to gather around and prepare

Some dancers were sitting on the street while waiting for the program to start

Some dancers were sitting on the street while waiting for the program to start

Medical Teams were also provided to make sure that the participants are safe

Medical Teams were also provided to make sure that the participants are safe

Participants from Tagugpo Davao Oriental

Participants from Tagugpo Davao Oriental

The models of discipline. Amazing kids!

The models of discipline. Amazing kids!

Some participants brought their colorful umbrellas as part of their props

Some participants brought their colorful umbrellas as part of their props

I also took some pictures of what was happening around the area.  So many interesting things happened.😀

A foreigner trying to take pictures of some performers

A foreigner trying to take pictures of some performers

The Band

The Band

A TV network hired these dancers and perform while the TV hosts reports live on TV

A TV network (GMA7) hired these dancers and perform while the TV hosts reports live on TV

Another TV Network (ABS-CBN) reporting live and people gathered near them in the hopes of seeing celebrities

Another TV Network (ABS-CBN) reporting live and people gathered near them in the hopes of seeing celebrities

Souvenirs for Sale

Souvenirs for Sale

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. 

See you in Kadayawan 2014!

See you in Kadayawan 2014!

6 thoughts on “Indak Indak sa Dalan 2013

  1. Pingback: Indak Indak sa Dalan 2013 | chechemadanlo

    • Hi Annie,

      I visited your blog. Nice… How’s the coach bag? I hope ok na.

      Try visiting Davao soon. We have two major festivals here, the Kadayawan during August and Araw ng Davao in March.
      😀

      jazper

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