Davao City, the so-called Durian capital of the Philippines, will be celebrating the 32nd annual Kadayawan Festival this August 18. The day has been declared a holiday through President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation 273 (read the full text here).
Duterte served as mayor of Davao City for seven non-consecutive terms: from 1988 to 1998, from 2001 to 2010, and from 2013 until his election to the Presidency last 2016.
Since August 18 falls on a Friday, most Davaoeños will get to enjoy a rare four-day weekend because August 21 is also a holiday in observance of the Ninoy Aquino Day.
Davao City’s Kadayawan Festival is undoubtedly one of the most popular festivals nationwide, together with the likes of Baguio City’s Panagbenga Festival, Bacolod City’s Masskara Festival, and Cebu City’s Sinulog Festival. Thousands of tourists from around the country and other nations are expected to flock to Davao City for this.
According to an unofficial Facebook page of the 2017 Kadayawan Festival, here is the calendar of activities:
August 14 – Opening ceremonies (Magsaysay Park)
August 14 to 20 – Kadayawan Vintage and Bantawan – Cultural Show (Magsaysay Park)
August 17 – Habi Kadayawan (SM Lanang Premier)
August 18 – Subang Sinugdanan ug Panagtagbo/Fluvial Float Parade (Tionko Field)
August 18 – Dula Kadayawan/Tribal Games (Tionko Field)
August 18 – Hiyas sa Kadayawan (USEP Gym)
August 18 to 20 – Kaondayawan – Food and Music (Palma Gil Street)
August 18 – Mugna Kadayawan doodle competition (Magsaysay Park)
August 19 – Indak-indak sa Kadalanan (Magsaysay Avenue to San Pedro Square)
August 19 – Tunod Kadayawan (Abreeza Mall)
August 19 – Sayaw Kadayawan (SM City Davao – Annex)
August 20 – Pamulak sa Kadayawan (Magsaysay Avenue to San Pedro Square)
August 20 – Pitik Kadayawan (Magsaysay Avenue to San Pedro Square)