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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- My 15 Most Photogenic Street Dancers of Kadayawan Festival 2011
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Glad you made it to our festival at the right time, kabayan. 🙂
Hi Jojie. Was not sure of my schedule but, yes, glad I was around last week. I knew you were there somewhere in the pleasant chaos and thought of looking for you but got busy with these captivating street dancers. 🙂 Regards.
Hehe yes everyone I know was looking for me this year, but I actually decided to rest after more than a decade of covering the event on TV. Semi-retirement is actually fun, and I just watched the parade on my television for the first time in years. Thanks for posting those parade pics I missed. 😀
What?! Jojie Alcantara decided to stay at home at the height of the Kadayawan? That’s unthinkable! Hahaha.. Yeah, everyone has to slow down someday but I think it’s too early for you. 🙂 As for me, I’m happy to be around this time. Cheers!
Am glad to hear that and I can tell by your shots you were having fun despite the midday heat. Well, we can always have coffee at some point in our lives and careers. It may be here in our city…or somewhere in Goodenough Island. 😀
Yes. I know we agreed to have a chat over coffee sometime ago. Let’s do that. Will drop you a pm on FB to get your number and set the sked. See you soon. 🙂
A beautiful and colorful event. Thank you for sharing.
Look at all those beautiful and lively colors!
What a fantastic capture