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August is Kadayawan Month!

August 1, 2008

August is the Thanksgiving month here in Davao City popularly known as KADAYAWAN. We say thanks to the bountiful harvest of fruits and flowers.

This year’s celebration has two main components:

Lumadnong Kasaulogan (Indigenous Peoples Festival) – the core of the Kadayawan Festival showcasing our indigenous peoples’ culture and arts.

Subay sa Lumadnong Kagikan (Contemporary Indigenous-motivated Celebrations) – showcases the impact of the indigenous culture and traditions to contemporary artists and communities.

Our theme for this year is: Musanay Lumadnong Kagikan, Yutang Kabilin Panalipdan!” (“Flourishing Indigenous Heritage, Protecting Ancestral Nations”)

Source: www.kadayawan.com

Here’s the updated 2008 kadayawan official Calendar of Events:

August 17

  • Event: Moda Mindanaw
  • About: Fashion and Floral Design Competition
  • Where: Designers’ Cut — August 17, 2008, 5 pm, Gaisano Mall Atrium

Fashion designers and floral artists will compete in a fashion and floral design extravaganza of indigenous-inspired silhouettes, Mindanoan fabrics, and floral accessories.

August 18

  • Festival Press Launching (Morning)
  • Hulagway sa Kaliwatan

Indigenous Peoples Visual Arts Exhibit Opening
Museo Dabawenyo

Mindanao Indigenous Peoples together with outstanding Dabawenyo Visual Arts groups and individuals are featured in a Visual Arts Exhibit featuring indigenous life ways at the Museo Dabawenyo. The Kadayawan Photo Contest will also be launched and will be exhibited at Museo Dabawenyo after the festival.

  • Dayaw

Kadayawan Festival Grand Opening
August 18, 4:00 PM, Peoples’ Park

The annual festival grand opening that will showcase in capsule the Kadayawan sa Dabaw 2008. The people will promenade to the Rizal Park right after the festival opening rites for the launching of Lumadnong Kasaulogan, the Indigenous Peoples Festival at Rizal Park.

  • Lumadnong Kasaulogan

Indigenous Peoples Festival Opening Rites
Evening

  • Lumadnong Bantawan -Tribong Tagabawa

Evening, Rizal Park

Performance showcases of dance, songs and other ceremonies fit for public performances of the Tribong Tagabawa.

August 19

  • Kaan Mindanao & Lumadnong Gama

Indigenous Food Fiesta
Morning to evening, Rizal Park

The 10 Tribal groups of Davao will display indigenous cuisine as an important part of their life ways.

  • Lumadnong Bantawan – Tribong Sama

Morning

Performance showcases of dance, songs and other ceremonies fit for public performances of the Tribong Sama.

  • Hulagway sa Kaliwatan

Indigenous Peoples Visual Arts Exhibit & Photo Contest
9am- 6pm, Museo Dabawenyo

Mindanao Indigenous Peoples together with outstanding Dabawenyo Visual Arts groups and individuals are featured in a Visual Arts Exhibit featuring indigenous life ways at the Museo Dabawenyo. The Kadayawan Photo Contest will also be launched and will be exhibited at Museo Dabawenyo after the festival.

  • Lumadnong Bantawan – Tribong Matigsalog

Afternoon, Rizal Park

Performance showcases of dance, songs and other ceremonies fit for public performances of the Tribong Matigsalog.

  • Tribong Mass Wedding

Afternoon

  • Hiyas ng Kadayawan

Search for the Kadayawan Gem
Evening, CAP Auditorium

Search for the indigenous woman who, up until the present is knowledgeable of her indigenous culture and wisdom through a pageantry of Mindanaoan myths and legends. The Hiyas sa Kadayawan Culture and Arts-based project will be launched during their reign.

August 20

  • Kaan Mindanao & Lumadnong Gama

Indigenous Food Fiesta
Morning to evening, Rizal Park

The 10 Tribal groups of Davao will display indigenous cuisine as an important part of their life ways.

  • Lumadnong Bantawan – Tribong Ata Manuvu

Morning
Performance showcases of dance, songs and other ceremonies fit for public performances of the Tribong Ata Manuvu.

  • Hulagway sa Kaliwatan

Indigenous Peoples Visual Arts Exhibit & Photo Contest
9am- 6pm, Museo Dabawenyo

Mindanao Indigenous Peoples together with outstanding Dabawenyo Visual Arts groups and individuals are featured in a Visual Arts Exhibit featuring indigenous life ways at the Museo Dabawenyo. The Kadayawan Photo Contest will also be launched and will be exhibited at Museo Dabawenyo after the festival.

  • Lumadnong Bantawan – Tribong Tausug

Afternoon

Performance showcases of dance, songs and other ceremonies fit for public performances of the Tribong Tausug.

  • Lumadnong Bantawan – Tribong Maranao

Afternoon

Performance showcases of dance, songs and other ceremonies fit for public performances of the Tribong Maranao

  • Tunog Mindanaw

World Music Festival
6 pm, NCCC Mall of Davao

A competition of popular yet Mindanao tradition-based music open to all Mindanaoan composers and songwriters. A festival CD will be produced showcasing the musical creations.

August 21

  • Kaan Mindanao & Lumadnong Gama

Indigenous Food Fiesta
Morning to evening, Rizal Park

The 10 Tribal groups of Davao will display indigenous cuisine as an important part of their life ways.

  • Lumadnong Bantawan – Tribong K’lata

Morning

Performance showcases of dance, songs and other ceremonies fit for public performances of the Tribong K’lata.

  • Hulagway sa Kaliwatan

Indigenous Peoples Visual Arts Exhibit & Photo Contest
9am- 6pm, Museo Dabawenyo

Mindanao Indigenous Peoples together with outstanding Dabawenyo Visual Arts groups and individuals are featured in a Visual Arts Exhibit featuring indigenous life ways at the Museo Dabawenyo. The Kadayawan Photo Contest will also be launched and will be exhibited at Museo Dabawenyo after the festival.

  • Lumadnong Bantawan – Tribong Ubo-Manobo

Afternoon

Performance showcases of dance, songs and other ceremonies fit for public performances of the Tribong Ubo-Manobo.

  • Lumadnong Bantawan – Tribong Kalagan

Afternoon

Performance showcases of dance, songs and other ceremonies fit for public performances of the Tribong Kalagan.

  • Sayaw Mindanaw

The Mindanao Dance Competition
6 pm, SM City Davao

This is a competition of Mindanao myths, legends and folklores transformed into dance narratives by Mindanao-based dance groups. Outstanding dance critiques and choreographers will interact with the Mindanao choreographers during dance evaluation and citation. A video will be produced to document the event.

August 22

  • Kaan Mindanao & Lumadnong Gama

Indigenous Food Fiesta
Morning to evening, Rizal Park

The 10 Tribal groups of Davao will display indigenous cuisine as an important part of their life ways.

  • Tugtogan sa Kahiusahan

Mindanao Indigenous Peoples’ Music Festival
Morning. Victoria Plaza Mall

Indigenous music virtuosos from all around Mindanao will be invited to an interactive music performance of various gong percussions, string and wind instruments in public spaces such as the Rizal and Peoples’ Parks and Victoria Plaza Mall, a showcase of the Indigenous Peoples’ Harmony with themselves and Mother Earth. A festival CD will be produced showcasing the music.

  • Hulagway sa Kaliwatan

Indigenous Peoples Visual Arts Exhibit & Photo Contest
9am- 6pm, Museo Dabawenyo

Mindanao Indigenous Peoples together with outstanding Dabawenyo Visual Arts groups and individuals are featured in a Visual Arts Exhibit featuring indigenous life ways at the Museo Dabawenyo. The Kadayawan Photo Contest will also be launched and will be exhibited at Museo Dabawenyo after the festival

  • Tugtogan sa Kahiusahan

Mindanao Indigenous Peoples’ Music Festival
Afternoon. Rizal Park and People’s Park.

Indigenous music virtuosos from all around Mindanao will be invited to an interactive music performance of various gong percussions, string and wind instruments in public spaces such as the Rizal and Peoples’ Parks and Victoria Plaza Mall, a showcase of the Indigenous Peoples’ Harmony with themselves and Mother Earth. A festival CD will be produced showcasing the music.

  • Dawow: Tubod sa Kasaysayan

Davao River Festival
Afternoon, 2 pm, Davao River

Dawow is the indigenous name given to the Davao River, the source of the early beginning of Davao. The celebration is a call for all Davaoeños to take care of the Davao River. Water-based competitions such as kayaking, banca race and river float showcase and music concert are among its featured activities.

  • Tugtogan sa Kahiusahan

Mindanao Indigenous Peoples’ Music Festival
Evening. Rizal Park and People’s Park.

Indigenous music virtuosos from all around Mindanao will be invited to an interactive music performance of various gong percussions, string and wind instruments in public spaces such as the Rizal and Peoples’ Parks and Victoria Plaza Mall, a showcase of the Indigenous Peoples’ Harmony with themselves and Mother Earth. A festival CD will be produced showcasing the music.

  • Moda Mindanaw

Fashion and Floral Design Competition
Mindanao Fashion Night — August 22, 2008, 6 pm, The Venue

Fashion designers and floral artists will compete in a fashion and floral design extravaganza of indigenous-inspired silhouettes, Mindanoan fabrics, and floral accessories.

August 23

  • Kaan Mindanao & Lumadnong Gama

Indigenous Food Fiesta
Morning to evening, Rizal Park

The 10 Tribal groups of Davao will display indigenous cuisine as an important part of their life ways.

  • Hulagway sa Kaliwatan

Indigenous Peoples Visual Arts Exhibit & Photo Contest
9am- 6pm, Museo Dabawenyo

Mindanao Indigenous Peoples together with outstanding Dabawenyo Visual Arts groups and individuals are featured in a Visual Arts Exhibit featuring indigenous life ways at the Museo Dabawenyo. The Kadayawan Photo Contest will also be launched and will be exhibited at Museo Dabawenyo after the festival

  • Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan (more details in my next posts)

Street Dancing Competition and Mindanao Festival Showcases
(Street Performance)
Afternoon, Streets of Davao

The Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan has three components: Davao-based contingents will compete in the street dancing interpreting the Kadayawan Festival of Thanksgiving, the nine Indigenous Tribes of Davao will showcase the richness of their indigenous dance and music while Indak-Indak contingents from key cities and provinces of Mindanao will be invited to showcase through street dancing their respective festivals.

August 24

  • Kaan Mindanao & Lumadnong Gama

Indigenous Food Fiesta
Morning to evening, Rizal Park

The 10 Tribal groups of Davao will display indigenous cuisine as an important part of their life ways

  • Pamulak Kadayawan

Floral Float Parade and Competition
8am, Streets of Davao

The grand finale of the Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival, the showcase of the blooming of flowers and ripening of fruits in floral floats parade and competition

  • Hulagway sa Kaliwatan

Indigenous Peoples Visual Arts Exhibit & Photo Contest
9am- 6pm, Museo Dabawenyo

Mindanao Indigenous Peoples together with outstanding Dabawenyo Visual Arts groups and individuals are featured in a Visual Arts Exhibit featuring indigenous life ways at the Museo Dabawenyo. The Kadayawan Photo Contest will also be launched and will be exhibited at Museo Dabawenyo after the festival.

  • Kalasikas

Contemporary Music and Dance Concerts at the Parks
3 pm, Rizal and Peoples Parks

Outstanding Davao music and dance groups perform at Rizal and Peoples’ Park their music and dance creations as inspired by indigenous cultural expressions.

  • Pahalipay ni Mayor sa Kadayawan

Mayor’s Free Concert for Kadayawan sa Dabaw
6 pm, Rizal Park

Music concert by invited popular music artists as the City Mayor of Davao’s tribute to Kadayawan sa Dabaw.

  • PASALAMAT

Dinner & Fellowship of Kadayawan 2008 Team
7pm, The Venue

Disclaimer: The kadayawan 2008 festival schedule of events was submiited by the Kadayawan Committee (as of May 2008). All details in this schedule are subject to change without prior notice.

I’ve highlighted in BOLD the events that you should not miss. So as early as now, i say you plan your Davao trip and book your flights to Davao (i heard there are discounted air fares). Plus, make sure to book a hotel coz most hotels here during this month really gets FULLY booked!

I will be doing several more posts about kadayawan and the events that you really need to see.. what to expect, where to stay, what to see, etc..

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