THE private sector initiated 90 percent of the events for the 25th Kadayawan celebration, said Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

Duterte expressed her satisfaction that the private sector is strongly supporting the festival.

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City Tourism Office Bong Aportadera also noted a strong cooperation between the city and the private sector, even if this year's budget is the lowest compared to recent years.

"Admittedly, our budget this year which is at P5 million, is quite small compared to our budget in 2009 and 2008, which was around P12 million and P14 million. (Anyway) We're still expecting a big celebration this year kasi ang importante naman eh yung presence ng tao.," Aportadera said.

"We have a lot of events this year initiated by private companies. Sa kadaghan, siyaro dili maglibog ang mga tao kung asa muadto (Having so many events, I think the people would have a hard time deciding where to go)," Aportadera said.

Aportadera said several events have started Monday, like the launching of Museo Dabawenyo Exhibit, which features Engr. Manuel Mendros, the 2nd Solo Art Exhibit for Painting; and the Hudyakaan Opening along Bolton Street, a continuing street party.

The Kadayawan Trade Fair at the City Council lobby was also formally opened Monday morning. Duterte led the opening with the deputy mayors of the city's major tribes: Obo Manuvu, Kalagan, Sama, Tagabawa, Maguindanao, Klata, Tausug, Matigsalog, Ata, and Maranao.

Around 60 booths, showcasing indigenous handicrafts from bracelets to clothing, delicacies, and other locally made products, as well as the city's micro, small, and medium enterprises under Magnegosyo 'ta Day, with products range from items made our of dried durian materials and handmade bags, joined the trade fair.

On August 18, there will be a History Quiz contest at the City Library; Henna & Body Painting contest; and a Big Bike & Car Show Exhibit at Wisons Shopping Mall in Anda St.; and a Sayaw Mindanao contest at Gaisano Mall Atrium.

On August 19, the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (Philexport) in Davao Region will hold a forum at the Central Bank. There will also be Micheal Jackson Street Dance contest at the NCCC Activity Center; the Asia Brewery Inc. (ABI) concert featuring Rivermaya, 6 Cycle Mind, Razorback, and Gloc 9 at Hudyakaan at Bolton St.; and another concert featuring Rico Blanco, Cueshe, Callalily, Imago, and Sandwich will be held at Damosa Gateway.

On August 20, the Kadayawan Tiangge sa Chinatown will open at the Unity Arc at Magsaysay Avenue; Deca Cup Wakeboarding and WakeSkating Competition at the Deca Wakeboard Park, Barangay Tacunan; 9th Skin Art Festival at the NCCC Mall Parking Lot; Banana Peel Meet & Greet Maja Salvador at Gaisano Mall Atrium; Kadayawan Fashion Show at the NCCC Activity Center; ABI Concert featuring Pedicab, Cueshe, Callily, Imago, Sandwhich, Marcus Highway at Hudyakaan at Bolton St.; Festival Opening at Rizal Park followed by the Coca-Cola Concert; another ABI Concert featuring Rivermaya, 6 Cycle Mind, Razorback, Paraluman at the Kadayawan Tiangge sa Chinatown Magsaysay Avenue; and Hiyas sa Kadayawan at Almendras Gym.

On August 21, the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan will pass by CM REcto St., San Pedro St., right to Pelayo St., then right to Bonifacio St., left to Ponciano St., and right to Roxas Avenue. Lusog Sigla Ganda celebration will also be at the NCCC Parking C.; "Urban Missions" Airsoft Tournament at SM City Future Development Site; Kapamilya Caravan with celebrity guests at the Gaisano Mall Atrium; GMA Network's Party Pilipinas at the SM City Event Center; Katuwaan sa Kadayawan at NCCC Activity Center; and Tunog Mindanao at MTS Taboan.

Still on August 21 are ABI Concert featuring 6 Cycle Mind, Callalily, Rivermaya, Razorback, Paraluman at Hudyakaan at Bolton St.; ABI Concert featuring Pedicab, Cueshe, Sandshich, Imago, Marcus Highway at Kadayawan Tiangee sa Chinatown, Magsaysay Avenue; Concert with a Cause with Rico Blanco and Jenine at Lantawan Hall, Mandaya Hotel; Cocal Cola Concert featuring Sponge Cola and Sugar Free at Rizal Park; Smart Concert featuring Billy Crawford, Katya Santos, Itchyworms, Phil. All Stars at the People's Park; and Handog ng Bombo Radyo at Star FM Concert featuring Siakol, Black Jack, and Sachie Sanders at Victoria Plaza Car Park C.

There will also be a Thanksgiving Mass at San Pedro Cathedral; Fun Run Kasaganahan at Kaunlaran at Rizal Park; Pamulak Festival enroute Magsaysay Ave., CM Recto, right Bonifacio St., right to Legaspi St., left to San Pedro St.; Tribu Trail Running Event at Barangay Langub, Maa; Kite Festival and Yoyo Competition at the Davao City National High School; and PMA Silent Drill Company at Tionko Field.

The Kapuso Night will also be held at Gaisano Mall Atrium; Mignight Sale at NCCC Mall of Davao; Kadayawan Motocross at Crocodile Park; Moda Mindanaw Fashion Show at SM City Event Center; Katuwaan sa Kadayawan at NCCC Activity Center; Globe Concert featuring Sandwich with Euphonics and Ceasar Montano at Rizal Park; and Universal Reality Combat Championship 8 at Garden Oases.

Meanwhile, the continuing events include: Museo Exhibit at Museo Dabawenyo; 25th Kadayawan sa Dabaw Open Bowling Tournament 2010 at Fairlanes Bowling Center; Agro Industrial Trade Fair at SM City Grounds; 1st Badmintonista Badminton Tournament Smash & Drop at Badminton Center, San Pedro Ext.; Katingalahang Kalingawan sa Kadayawan at Davao City National High School; Photo Gallery of Davao City Prominent Icons at Victoria Plaza Mall; The Best of Sayaw Mindanaw Showcase at SM City Event Center; Flora Mindanaw and Indigenous Costumes and Crafts Exhibit at SM Event Center; Canon Photography Competition; Kadayawan Bazaar/Floral Fruit Exhibit, Weaving of Dagmay Fabric/Food Festival/Tropical Fruit Festival/Parade of Mannequins in Ethnic Inspired Costumes at the Apo View Hotel; Panagtagbo at People's Park; Hudyakaan at Bolton St. between City Council Bldg. and Rizal park; Kadayawan Fair Trade at NCCC Mall Parking C; 9-Ball Billiard Tournament at NCCC Activity Center; Cultural Presentation/Fire Dancing Presentation at Apo View Hotel; The 14th Mindanao Trade Expo at Central Bank; "Blood Kompak 2010" Mixed Martial Art Competition at NCCC Mall Parking Lot; NCCC late Night Sale at NCCC Mall of Davao; Kadayawan Tiangge sa Chinatown at Unity Arc, Magsaysay Ave. Until Cor. Bangoy St.; 1st Mayor's Cup Kadayawan Shooting Festival at CPR Shooting Range along Diversion Rd.; and the 5th Mindanao Travel and Trade Expo at the Davao Convention and Trade Center. (Jade C. Zaldivar)