THREE years after the Covid-19 pandemic, the City Government of Davao is set to have a more significant celebration for the 86th Araw ng Dabaw as it introduces new events.
On February 6, 2023, the city government revealed several new events for the celebration including Araw ng Dabaw Artisan Food and Cacao Market on March 2 to 5, at the Rizal Park from 5 p.m. to 12:00 m.n.; Hugyaw Dabaw - All-Star Variety Show on March 3 at the San Pedro Square from 5 to 8 p.m.; Music and Art Street Festival with 3D Drone Show on March 4 at the Davao Coastal Road, Bago Aplaya at 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
There will also be the first Drag Lipsync Competition for the Araw ng Dabaw on March 10 at Rizal Park from 6 to 8 p.m.
Also, the city will hold its first academic research competition with Davao Unity Awards on March 17, this event is open for all undergraduate thesis studies dated between 2019 to 2022. The research to be presented must tackle socio-economically relevant topics or be aligned with the City Mayor’s 12-point agenda for the City of Davao’s progress and development.
There will also be a Clash of Mighty Bands at San Pedro Square from 6 p.m. to 12 m.n. on March 18.
Meanwhile, there are still events that were retained from the past celebrations like Misa Pasasalamat on March 1 in San Pedro Cathedral at 3 p.m. and Pasiugdang Pagsaulog in Rizal Park at 4:30 p.m.
The most awaited event by the Dabawenyo photographers is also back as Hulagway sa Araw ng Dabaw will be held for the whole celebration, starting March 1.
On March 8, the Pasidungug: Garbo sa Davao will be at the Acacia Hotel from 1 to 5 p.m., and March 10 is set for the Conferment of Datu Bago Awards at the Royal Mandaya Hotel at 11 a.m and a Cheerdance Competition on March 11 at the Davao City Recreation Center at 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Sayaw Pinoy Folkdance Competition will be held at SM City Davao from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The coronation night of Reyna Dabawenya is on March 15 at RMC Petro Gazz from 6 to 9 p.m.
On March 13 to 15 there will be the Employee’s week food festival at Rizal Park from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mr. and Ms. LGU Davao City is on March 16 at Rizal Park at 3 p.m.
The Mutya ng Dabaw coronation night is on March 17 in USEP Gymnasium from 6 to 9 p.m.
The final event of the Araw ng Dabaw, the Parada Dabawenyo, is set on March 18 and will start at Roxas Ave. at 6 a.m. and end at Rizal Park. KSD