DAVAO City’s different tribes will once again get to showcase their way of life through the staging of the Dula Kadayawan 2019 set to kick off at 8 a.m. on Friday, August 16, at the People’s Park.
City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) officer-in-charge and Kadayawan Festival director Generose Tecson, in a Facebook interview, said the tribal games is “a way to show the culture of our tribes and for the tribes themselves to get together through the games”.
She said, “Masaya nga because even the Moro joined this year. The Moro women asked if they can also showcase their games.”
Events entered in this year’s Dula Kadayawan include siklot, sisibow, totarangki, kakasing, solopot, pana, bubuntug, usuroy, sosakaro, karang and binibayo.
The kambaibai and kabawa sa balbal are the newest events included in the games.
Here the mechanics of the tribal games as furnished by the CTOO to SunStar Davao:
Binibayo (rice pounding) is the traditional way of separating the hull from the rice by pounding it.
Bubuntug (bamboo spear) or spear throwing - players must hit a rolling target by releasing or throwing spear.
Kakasing (wooden spinning tops) - playing wooden spinning tops with no nail. The longest to stop spinning wins the game.
Kanggarotaya - traditionally, this sport pits two teams to settle differences on a certain issue. It is the proper venue to show gentleman’s courageous display of agility and strength. This is the Moro version of tug of war.
Karang (wooden stilts) - the game is a race to the finish line while participants walk on wooden stilts.
Pana (bow and arrow) - the players of the game are all in one line as they aim for the target using primitive weapon for hunting, the bow and arrow.
Siklot - players balance the stalks of cassava on one hand, toss it and try to catch as many as he/she can.
Sipa sa Lama - like our version of “takyan” but with more grace and ceremony. Team members try to keep the ball from hitting the ground for as long as they can.
Sipa sa Mangis - a box is suspended 20 feet or higher from the ground. The box is wrapped in colorful cloth or paper and tapestries. Below the box are hung ball-like figures which correspond to how many points the player gets when hit by a ball kicked by a player. Once it falls, the player gets the point.
Sisibow - similar to the Filipino game called “siatong” where players try to hit a target from a distance.
Solopot (blowgun) - A solopot is used in this game. The winner is determined by who blows the farthest using solopot.
Sosakaro (water fetching) - the ladies from various tribes also take part in this physical activity, showing their competitive side by using bamboo poles in fetching water.
Totaringki (fire making) - players will have to try their best to produce fire using indigenous materials.
Usuroy (tug of war) - A sport that pits two teams against each other in a test of strength: teams pull on opposite ends of a rope, with the goal being to bring the rope a certain distance in one direction against the force of the opposing team’s pull.
Cash prizes and trophies await winners of the annual tribal games that has become an integral part of the lumad’s rich culture.