DABAWENYOS will enjoy a long weekend from August 18 to 21 for the 32nd Kadayawan Festival.
Malacañang Palace declared on August 1, that August 18, Friday, as a non-working holiday for the people living in Davao City, which means that four days will be allotted for the visitors and locals to enjoy the festivities since August 21 is Ninoy Aquino Day, a national holiday.
Marked as Indigenous people's day, the opening activity on August 18 will be the Subang Sinugdanan and Panagtagbo (River Float Parade) at Tionko Field.
It will be followed by Tribal games which, Kadayawan Spokesperson Generose Tecson said, will involve interactive games that can also be enjoyed by visitors.
On the same day, Mugna Kadayawan (Doodle Competition) will be held at the Kadayawan Village, Magsaysay Park.
At 6 p.m., Hiyas ng Kadayawan Coronation Night will be held at University of the Southeastern Philippines.
On August 19 will be the Indak-indak sa Kadalanan (Street parade contest), which will be held at Rizal Park, Sayaw Kadayawan at SM City Davao- Annex, Tunog Kadayawan at Abreeza Mall on 3 p.m., and Coke Studio at the Kadayawan Dome, San Pedro Square.
The Pamulak sa Kadayawan, a floral parade, will kick off at Roxas Avenue to San Pedro Square at 8 a.m., Sunday, August 20.
Also part of the floral parade is the Pitik sa Kadayawan, a drum beating contest.
Finally, on August 21 will be the Araw ng Pasasalamat, a holiday that did not undergo request since it already fell on the same day as Ninoy Aquino Day.
The opening of the 32nd Kadayawan will be held Monday, August 14, and to be led by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio at Magsaysay Park. (KVC)