In a week it’s going to be a Kadayawan festival here in Davao City. Kadayawan is an annual festival in the city. “Dayaw” means good, valuable, superior or beautiful. The festival is really a thanksgiving for bountiful harvest. It’s one of the favorite festival here I think because you can really see different kinds of freshly harvest fruits and other bountiful products that’s produces here.
Like right now, while I was walking at the parking lot at SM, some part of their parking lot there were already divided for stalls for vendors who wants to sell plants, seedlings, fruit trees, flowers (different kinds), orchids, pots and few fruit vendors, and many others. The fruit that were displayed there are so fresh looking. It’s just too early, the sales people were still sleeping. Lol. The other part of that parking lot later will be use I’m sure for those TV shows from Manila. They will have live telecast of their noon time shows here. Plenty of those performers locally and from Manila will have shows here.
Fruits right now will be cheaper and fresher. It’s almost season for every fruit that grows here in the country. Our fave is mangosteen, during the beginning of the year if you can find mangosteen anywhere here the price was just so high. Right now mangosteen per kilo might be less than 50 pesos. If you’re a durian eater, right now is a good time to be buying too. During the festival they usually have eat all you can for durian for 100 pesos. It’s just not for me, I’m not a durian eater though. I’m a marang & jackfruit eater, if they have eat all you can for those sign me in. I’ll be there. 🙂
Here’s the official Schedule of Activities of the 30th Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival 2015:
Aug. 13 – 16 | The Great Kadayawan Trade Fair and Bazaar @ Davao Convention & Trade Center
Aug. 14 – 23 6pm Onwards | Hudyakaan sa Kadayawan @ Roxas Ave
Aug. 15 – 23 | Hulagway sa Kadayawan Photo Contest @ Around Davao City
Aug. 17 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm | Ecumenical Mass @ Roxas Ave
Aug. 17 6 pm – 8 pm | Pagbukas: Opening of 30th Kadayawan Festival @ San Pedro Square
Aug. 17 8 pm – 12 am | Kadayawan Street Party (Opening) @ San Pedro Square
Aug. 18 8 am- 5 pm | Sayaw Mindanaw (Prelim) @ Davao City Recreation Center
Aug. 18 6 pm – 12 am | Tunog Mindanaw @ San Pedro Square
Aug. 19 6 pm – 10 pm | Sayaw Mindanaw (Finals) @ Davao City Recreation Center
Aug. 20 8 am – 5 pm | Lumadnong Dula: Davao Tribal Sports @ People’s Park
Aug.20 6 pm – 12 am | Kadayawan Street Party @ San Pedro Square
Aug. 21 7 am – 9 am | Davao River Festival @ Tionko Field
Aug. 21 9 am- 12 pm| Panagtagbo @ Tionko Field
Aug. 21 2 pm – 5 pm | Lumadnong Bantawan @ Rizal Park
Aug. 21 6 pm – 10 pm | Hiyas sa Kadayawan @ Davao City Recreation Center
Aug. 22 8 am – 5 pm | Indak – Indak sa Kadalanan @ Roxas Ave to San Pedro St
Aug. 23 8 am- 12 pm | Pamulak Kadayawan @ Magsaysay Ave to San Pedro St
Aug. 23 5 pm – 12 am | Pahalipay Concert @ San Pedro Square
So if you have free time and wants to see some of the activities, just take a look at the schedule above. Be ready also for the heavy traffic and plenty of street closure. If you want to see the parade, try to be early and study the route. Bring along with you plenty of water and a nice hat or umbrella that covers your face. It’s going to be hot. It might rain during night time, at least it’s cooler then.
Have fun and Happy Kadayawan!!!