The Kadayawan Festival 2013
Davao City, 17 August 2013: I jumped out of bed as soon as the alarm of my mobile phone rang, put on some comfortable street clothes as I sipped my morning brew, grabbed my photography gear, then drove off to the downtown area of Davao City. It was only 7:00 am but, already, there were road blocks as traffic have been rerouted from major streets where the street dancing competition called “Indak-indak sa Kadalanan” was to be held. I managed to get through some road blocks and park my car in front of Marco Polo Hotel where a stage has been set up for the preliminary street dancing performances before the competitors will dance their way to Rizal Park where final judging was to happen.
I was fortunate to be in town during this year’s Kadayawan Festival which is celebrated on the second week of August each year. Dubbed “the festival of festivals”, the Kadayawan includes festivities featuring the ten tribes that compose the indigenous peoples in and around the city. The main activities include beauty pageants amongst these tribes; street dancing competitions; folk dances and cultural shows; a week-long “party on the streets”; a fluvial parade; an agro fair; and a floral float parade, among others. The biggest activity is the street dancing competition which is also participated in by representatives from other provinces and street dancing champions from other regions.
As I walked into the competition area, I decided not to be a mere spectator of the final show. There was so much story to capture among the participants as they assembled, prepared their costumes, waited for their turn to perform on the streets, did their show in front of the judges, and then rested and waited for the results of the competition. And so I constantly moved around, watching performers and spectators alike, mingling with the crowd, and chatting with interesting individuals whenever I can. I tried to share the experience through the 26 photos I’m sharing in this post, but I know it will only show half the fun that I experienced.
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