What you missed at Kadayawan 2013-A A +A
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
FINALLY, the Kadayawan sa Dabaw - touted to be the "mother of all festivals in Mindanao" - is over.
Unlike in the previous celebrations, this year's Kadayawan seemed to be less pompous. No thanks to bomb threats, only very few people came. But it was still a success since the government continued with the celebration and a few brave souls - both locals and foreigners - saw the events.
For those who stayed at home and watched their television sets, here were some of the happenings that you had missed.
As in the previous years, the Apo View Hotel promoted Davao's unique brand of artistry, including the "dagmay" weaving demonstrated by the women of the Mandaya tribe and an art exhibit featuring the works of T'boli artist, Ronald Tamfalan.
At the hotel's lobby cafe, classic Filipino "merienda" dishes were served including tamales, "turon" with "langka," chicken ala king with puff pasta, and halo-halo.
The Houses of Gli Amici - the Morisco Ristorante Italiano at SM Premier in Lanang and Don Beppe Pasta and Pizza at the Peak of Gaisano Mall Davao - offers what they called as "Davao Fruits in a Glass."
The newly-opened The White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge at J.P. Laurel launched Filipino dishes with a twist.
Finally, I had the opportunity of hearing my friend, Wency Cornejo, sang his hits like "Hanggan" and "Habang May Buhay," at the Sound Box.
MP3 - which stands for "Music Playing in 3, 2, 1" - returned to Davao and performed at the Royal Mandaya Hotel.
Two members of the band are actually from Davao. Aries Sales, the lead singer, started his singing career in the city. LJ Manzano, the lead guitarist who formed the band, is also from Davao. Only beatboxer McKoy Fbe is not from Davao; he is from Bacolod.
When I went to SM Premier in Lanang, I had the opportunity of meeting again television host Marc Nelson. He was with his co-host Dyan Castillejo. They were both shooting some segments for their multi-awarded show, "Sports Unlimited." The two hosts were with the ever beautiful Jackie Garcia Dizon, who just started to write a column for "Sun Star Davao."
But the stars of the Kadayawan sa Dabaw were still Saturday's "Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan" (street dancing) and Sunday's "Pamulak sa Kadayawan" (floral float parade).
These two events were anticipated by many; photographers, bloggers, photo hobbyists, and journalists brought out their camera and captured the memorable events that would be immortalized in the pages of newspapers, magazines, blogs - and yes, Facebook!
The street dancing and floral float parade were awash with colors: red, yellow, green, blue, orange, violet and those in-between. Davao icons were also present: Philippine eagle, waling-waling, durian and other fruits, and vegetables that are grown in the city.
Truly, Kadayawan is a celebration of "bountiful harvest, rich culture, and peaceful living," to quote the words of Davao journalist Antonio L. Colina IV.
There's nothing like Kadayawan sa Dabaw. If you missed it this year, be sure to witness the festival next year.
See you in August 2014!
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 22, 2013.