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A Guide to Davao’s Kadayawan Festival

A Guide to Davao’s Kadayawan Festival

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Deep in the heart of Mindanao, the largest island in the Philippines, lies Davao City, a vibrant metropolis pulsating with life. Every third week of August, Davao transforms into a kaleidoscope of color, music, and celebration during the Kadayawan Festival. This week-long extravaganza is a captivating journey into the soul of Davao, a tribute to its rich indigenous heritage, bountiful harvest, and unparalleled hospitality. Kadayawan Festival: Rooted in Tradition The story of Kadayawan stretches back to the rich tapestry of indigenous tribes that call Davao home. The festival's name itself originates from the Mandaya word "madayaw," which translates to "valuable" or "treasured." Traditionally, various ethnic groups in Davao would gather to celebrate a successful harvest, expressing thei...