DAVAO CITY (August 20, 2019) – It will be a festive mood for the Southern Philippines Development Authority (SPDA) this week as the Authority’s officials and employees based here in Davao City are expected to see action on Saturday, August 24, 2019, during the ‘Pamulak sa Kadayawan’.
‘Pamulak sa Kadayawan’ is among the major events in this year’s month-long celebration of the 34th Kadayawan sa Davao Festival which formally opened on August 2. This is a parade along the major thoroughfares in downtown Davao highlighting the abundance of Davao Region’s flora and fauna presented with artistry interpreted in decorative floats.
Last Saturday, August 17, three participating groups of this year’s Indak-Indak sa Kadayawan bagged P1 Million each as they were hailed the Grand Champions in the different categories.
The Sta. Ana National High School Performing Arts Guild was declared as the Grand Champion for the Champion’s Circle Category and bagged P1.2 million cash prize plus gift certificates from their festival sponsors. The said group also bagged the special awards for best in Music and Artistic Design in the competition.
For the Davao School Based category, Catalunan Pequeno National High School – Kawangis Performing Arts Guild got the P1 million cash prize as the Grand Champion, they also bagged the best music award.
While the Sindac Anib Performing Ensemble of Bislig City, Surigao del Sur, was hailed as the Grand Champion for the Open Category. They bested the other seven participants from outside of Davao City. They also got the best in music and artistic design award for their category.
This year’s Kadayawan also showcases the eleven ethno-linguistic tribes in Davao Region, the five Lumad (Bagobo-Klata, Ata, Obu-Manuvu, Matigsalug, and Bagobo-Tagabawa) and six Moro (Sama, Maranao, Kagan, Iranun, Maguindanaon, and Taosug). Tribes are the original inhabitants of Davao City. Multiculturalism runs deep in Davao City’s history and echoes in its tag line “Life is Here.”
In a letter addressed to SPDA Administrator and Chief Executive Officer Abdulghani ‘Gerry’ A. Salapuddin, Davao City Administrator Atty. Zuleika T. Lopez had also urged the participation of the National Government Agencies by posting tarpaulins and other display materials in the establishment premises incorporating similar festivity designs and the official logo of this year’s ‘Kadayawan’. (Dr. Celestino B. Siglos)