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Freeze | Kadayawan in a Nutshell

1988 photograph of Davao City Mayor, now President of the Republic of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte by Rene Lumawag (image source:

Come third week of August is the heavily promoted event in Davao City called Kadayawan Festival. The colorful celebration bespeaks of the unique culture on this side of the planet. It is a period of thanksgiving and education for the Davao folks who want to learn about the people’s history.

This story appears on Page 10 of the July 03, 2019, issue of Mindanao Times. To download a copy, visit

Signs of Kadayawan are all over social media but the best reminders are the seasonal fruits that are becoming available in the market. Of course, they are not cheap yet as of this writing but wait when August kicks in.

Kadayawan sa Dabaw features houses and a few facts about the eleven tribes of Davao at the Kadayawan Village, Magsaysay Park (image source: by Jesus Tinapay)

Kadayawan used to be known as the Apo Duwaling (after Mt. Apo, Durian, and Waling Waling flower as symbols of the city) festival in 1986 when the city was under the leadership of OIC Mayor Zafiro Respicio. It was renamed Kadawayan sa Dabaw in 1988 and became institutionalized by virtue of then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order no. 10.

Let’s see some photographs that are associated with the evolution of Kadayawan.


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