Kadayawan Festival in Davao City, Life is Here

Kadayawan Festival in Davao City, Life is Here

If you are planning a trip to Davao City, then get yourself ready as Davao City has a lot of fun to offer as what it’s a slogan “Life is Here” live up to what it says.

Be it any time of the year, it sure has many events you could join to celebrate with especially during August which has the highly anticipated Kadayawan Festival also known as the “Mother of all Mindanao Festival”.

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Its name is derived from the Mandaya word “madayaw” meaning treasured or valuable, as the ethnic tribes of Davao use this time to give thanks for the season’s bountiful harvest and offer rituals and dances to the gods of nature.

Kadayawan Festival has many highlight events you could choose from such as

  • HiyassaKadayawan Coronation where 11 candidates from each tribe will battle for the crown through their talents and wits.
  • DulaKadayawan which gives chance for tourists to interact with the locals and tribes through games
  • SayawKadayawan show casing the traditions, folklore, and cultural uniqueness of the different tribes through dance performances.
  • Indak-Indak sa Kadayawan which is street-dancing competition inspired by Mindanao’s rich cultural heritage.
  • PamulaksaKadayawawhichis a gorgeous floral float parade of different tribes, groups and organizations in Davao City.

And finally, a trip is not complete without shopping for souvenirs. Kadayawan also open up markets, booths and exhibits showcasing local products which tourists and local people could buy from. In conclusion, Kadayawan is indeed a fun filled festival which bring tourists and locals great pleasure and enjoyments.

Exploring Sinulog Festival in Cebu, Philippines 

Exploring Sinulog Festival in Cebu, Philippines

Start your new year with eye-catching colors and lively dance performances from the Sinulog Festival or the Santo Nino Festival in Cebu City.

The Sinulog Festival is celebrated during the third Sunday of the month of January. It is an annual and cultural festival in Cebu which celebrates one of the country’s most famous historic relics: the Santo Niño de Cebú. The word Sinulog is a Visayan term for a dance that imitates the rhythm of the river which depicts the forward-backward step of Sinulog dance.

This grand festival is filled with colorful procession bearing the basilica’s venerated image of Santo Niño. Aside from the religious celebration, Sinulog also has street parties accompanied bypyromusical shows and colorful displays of fireworks. Additionally, people attending the street parties could also enjoy face painting and beer showers. This festival definitely brings joy and pleasure to tourists and local people.

Another thing to watch out for is the Kaplag Festival which is a smaller festival but part of Sinulog celebration. The highlight of this festival is play where in the actors and actresses re-enact the Baptism of Queen Juana and Rajah Humabon as Catholics. Includes the scenes when Ferdinand Magellan gave the image of the Santo Niño as a baptismal gift to the Queen.

Furthermore, apart from the Sinulog Festival, Cebu City also known for its rich history which tourists could add up in their bucket list. They could take part on a sightseeing tour, pilgrimage visit to old churches and a tour to those historical places.  Cebu City has many undiscovered gems hidden through and you just have to explore it to experience its magnificence. A tour would not be completed without having those souvenir products made by the local people to bring at home for family and friends.