Thousands witness Kadayawan’s Indak-indak-A A +A
Saturday, August 17, 2013
DAVAO CITY -- More than 20,000 people assembled in the downtown area amid security threats to witness the spray of bright and dazzling colors of the 23 contingents in this year's Indak-indak sa Kadalanan, one of the highlights of the Kadayawan sa Dabaw.
Lisette Marques, City Tourism Office (CTO) officer in charge, said on Saturday that thousands of local and foreign tourists had converged along the route of Indak-indak.
The street dancing started from San Pedro St., to C.M Recto Avenue, left to Roxas Avenue, then left to C. Bangoy St., to Crooked Road, to San Pedro St.
"Mas maganda yung ruta natin this year kasi circular siya and the people got the chance na makita talaga nila kahit wala sila sa bandang stage (this year's route is better since it is in a carousel form where the public get the chance to see the contingents even if they are not at the stage," Marques said in an interview. "This is to encourage people to see and witness their performances.
All the 23 contingents had to perform twice -- along C.M. Recto St. and on stage located on San Pedro St.
"Meron din tayong mga street judges na naga observe while naga indak-indak yung mga contingents natin along the road (We also have judges along the parade route that observes the participant's presentation," she said.
A total of 14 Davao-based groups and another nine groups for the open
category presented artistic interpretations of traditional tribal dances.
For the Davao-based category the winners are:
Champion - Holy Cross College of Calinan Davao
1st runner up -- Magallanes Elementary School
2nd runner up -- Kapitan Tomas Monteverde Sr. Elementary School Performing Arts Guild
3rd runner up -- Sta. Ana National High School Performing Arts Guild
4th runner up -- Crossing Bayabas National High School and Loyola Elementary School
Of the nine contingents competing for the open category only five went home victorious.
Winners for the open category are:
Champion: Panay National High School Hamugaway Performing Arts
1st runner up: Tribu sa Lalan from Polomolok, South Cotabato
2nd runner up: Tribu Talaingod
3rd runner up: Lumadnong Dibabawon: Sonlon National High School
4th runner up: Lemsnolon Elementary School - Madal Performing Arts Group
Both champions won a cash prize of P300,000 each.
The Holy Cross of Calinan had the story line of "The Legend of Eagles," while the Panay National High School from Sto. Nino town in South Cotabato performed "Antig (A Maguindanao Folk Narrative)."
Indak-indak sa Kadalanan is a competition of choreographed and theatrical dance and narratives inspired by Mindanao indigenous tradition, epic stories, myths, legends and important cultural events or representation of festival celebrations of the island performed in the major streets of Davao City.
Indak-indak literally means stomping one's feet on the ground.
"Nindot kaayo ilang mga costume, colorful ba. Bongga kay miski taga layo sila miapil gihapon sila karon na tuig miski naay hulga sa Davao (They have very colorful costumes and even if they are from far areas they still join the competition despite the security threats in Davao)," Helen Pabiola of Magallanes, Davao City said.
Ruben Delares of Barangay 14-B echoed Pabiola's observation.
"Medyo nalibog ko sa ruta nila karon pero okay man gihapon. Tapos misabay pud ang panahon, wala nag ulan was a bit confused with their route this year but it is still ok then the weather cooperated with no rain)," Delares said.
Non-Filipinos also enjoyed the vibrant color of Kadayawan sa Dabaw.
For Bruce Shanton of Australia, he gave Davao City a rating of 9 out of 10 for the security.
"With these guys (police) around, I feel safe," he said.
A total of 2,000 military and police personnel have been deployed all over Davao City to secure the staging of the 28th Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival from terrorists and other criminal elements.
Davao City Police Office (DCPO) Director Ronald dela Rosa earlier said the police and military are already in a full alert status to ensure the safety of everyone during the festivities.
Some 800 barangay police were also reinforced with the DCPO personnel to serve as multiplier and watchmen for the two centerpiece activities of this year’s festival.
Meanwhile, Sun.Star Davao live streamed the Indak-indak competition on Saturday.
Sunday's Pamulak sa Kadayawan will also be streamed live starting 8 a.m. The live streaming is powered by Smart's long-term evolution (LTE). (Sun.Star Davao/Sunnex)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 17, 2013.