PROMOTING the rich culture of the Lumad and Muslim tribes in Davao City is the primary goal of the Kadayawan 2016 celebration this year.
Leaders of the 11 tribes of the pioneer people of Mindanao particularly in the rich land and sea areas of Davao claimed there were significant changes in their lives after 30 years of celebrating together the festival of festivals in the Philippines the Kadayawan sa Dabaw.
Though the Kadayawan Executive Committee headed by Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio agreed to make the celebration simple, local and foreign tourists are excited to witness events to showcase the culture of lumad and Muslims who once reluctant but are now proud Dabaweños to perform in public inspired by a true Mindanaoan leader President Rodrigo Duterte.
Gone are the days in which the Ata, Matigsalog and other lumads hide upon seeing a stranger on their place. Where they go inside their homes and peep on a small window to watch till the stranger is gone. Now, their representative to the pageant vying for the Hiyas sa Kadayawan are proud to ramp on stage and declare from which tribe she comes from.
They are now on guard to protect and preserve their cultural heritage they instill and pass on to the succeeding generation.
Last Thusday in the Duwa Kadayawan, the Maranao, Maguindanaoan, Iranun, Kagan and Sama participated in the contest but are hopeful to join with the sports of the lumad in the coming years.
But we have our concern on the Indak-indak and the Pamulak sa Kadayawan which we hope the organizers will have to consider, a lumad said. City streets which is the route of the parade are mostly asphalted already and we are told to walk barefoot. We might not survive the heat, the concerned lumad said. We are glad to celebrate Kadayawan not just as lumad who are the frontliner on the celebration but to celebrate the festivity of bountiful harvest as a proud Dabaweño instead, he said.