Every third week of the month of August, the people from Davao hold a festival known as “Kadayawan sa Dabaw”. This festival has become globally popular and it is a week-long celebration of thanksgiving for good harvest. “

Kadayawan” is a native term that pertains to anything that gives good fortune. The festival also signifies the start of durian and orchid seasons. These two are the top produce of Davao, and festival spectators can purchase waling-waling and durian at a good price during the Kadayawan Festival.

Street dancing is one of the many parts of the celebration of Kadayawan. Participants of street dancing come in colorful costumes. There are also parade of floats which is decorated by fresh flowers and fruits. There is also a parade of tribe people wearing their tribal costumes as well as jewelries.

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  1. Malou

    I’m sometimes amazed at the different fiestas we have here in the Philippines. Our culture is really so rich.

    1. Algene

      Thanks to the Spaniards for introducing the celebration of festivals!

  2. Donna Jane Marcuap

    Oh, They are famous of DURIAN ,smells delicious? 🙂 nahh… haha… but then Davao’s festivities are nice and are visited by many…

    1. Algene

      Yes! Our place is famous for durian! Sobrang sarap! You should try having some. 😀

  3. Algene

    Kadayawan is a festival to celebrate bountiful harvest and be thankful for it. 🙂 Every year, I look forward to this celebration!

  4. Ricalyn Kalinisan

    The Kadayawan Festival is an annual festival in the city of Davao in the Philippines.

  5. Ricalyn Kalinisan

    Its name derives from the friendly greeting “Madayaw”, from the Dabawenyo word “dayaw”, meaning good, valuable, superior or beautiful.

    1. Donna Jane Marcuap

      wow , nice information 🙂

    2. Algene

      It’s Madayaw Dabaw.. Where did u learn about this?

  6. Ricalyn Kalinisan

    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.

    1. Algene

      Yes, we all know about that..

  7. Ricalyn Kalinisan

    Today, Kadayawan has transformed into a festival of festivals, with a number of spin-off festivals in the region. The festival honors Davao’s artistic, cultural and historical heritage, its past personified by the ancestral Lumad people, its people as they celebrate on the streets, and its floral industry as its representatives parade in full regalia in thanksgiving for the blessings granted on the city.

    1. Algene

      Kadayawan is a celebration of thanksgiving for the bountiful harvest.

  8. Ricalyn Kalinisan

    A celebration that interfaces the three aspects: tribal; industrial and; arts and entertainment. The festivities are highlighted with floral floats, street-dancing competitions and exhibits that showcases the island’s tourism products and services.

    1. Donna Jane Marcuap

      I agree with those aspects, yeah, it’s obvious that floral floats are the highlighted ones

    2. Algene

      You could have all these things written on one comment 🙂 Looks like the post is flooded.

    1. Algene

      Thank you for sharing all these to us 🙂

  9. Donna Jane Marcuap

    Well, Davaoenios , watch out for the 3rd week of August!

  10. Algene

    I’m a proud Dabawenya 🙂

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