5 Can’t-Miss Events at the 2016 Kadayawan Festival

The 2016 Kadayawan Festival may be the 31st installment of the grand celebration, but it remains as colorful and jubilant as ever.

The event is flocked by Dabawenyos and tourists alike, and more are sure to arrive as the week progresses. Since the most exciting parts of the festival are set this weekend, let’s take a look at the five events and activities that you shouldn’t miss!

The Kadayawan Festival is a celebration of culture and thanksgiving for all Dabawenyos


Subang Sinugdanan (Tribal Fluvial Parade)

The 11 tribes of Davao come together to show off their amazing floats in the Subang Sinugdanan, or the Tribal Fluvial Parade. It features decorated boats that showcase the culture and traditions of each tribe, so expect vibrant displays and beautiful music. Be sure to come early, though, as crowds arrive in droves to watch the event. The boats start their voyage at the Bankerohan River at around 7 in the morning.

Panagtagbo (Tribal Confluence Celebration)

The Subang Sinugdanan ends at Tionko Field, where the Panagtagbo, or Tribal Confluence Celebration, follows. This is where each tribe assembles and performs a short cultural presentation for everyone. Each performance highlights the distinct history and heritage of each tribe, a valuable way to learn more about the Davao lumads.

Hiyas sa Kadayawan (Gem of Kadayawan)

The Hiyas sa Kadayawan is not your ordinary beauty pageant. It not only seeks to award the best looking young woman in the competition, but also looks for someone who understands her native culture and traditions. It starts at 6 pm, so arrive early to get good seats.


Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan (Street Dancing Competition)

The streets come alive with the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan competition, where different dance groups vie for the top spot and a cash prize. The dance-off features contestants from all over Mindanao, who display award-winning choreography and creative props that exhibit their diverse culture and heritage. Each performance lasts 8 minutes each. Bring an umbrella and plenty of water if you plan to watch.


Pamulak sa Kadayawan (Floral Float Parade)

A float during the Pamulak sa Kadayawan highlighting culture and heritage
Kadayawan will not be complete without the annual floral float parade. The Pamulak sa Kadayawan is a must-see event that features floats decorated with flowers, each one inspired by the rich tradition and culture of Davao. Various tribes and representatives from different organizations often join the parade, as well.

Which of these activities are you most excited about? For the latest on Davao living, follow Nurtura Land & Home’s Facebook page or sign up for our newsletter.

(Photo Credits)

Photo 1 by Constantine Agustin via Flickr

Photo 2 by Keith Bacangco via Flickr

Photo 3 by Keith Bacangco via Flickr

Photo 4 by Constantine Agustin via Flickr


Related Articles