KADAYAWAN FESTIVAL 2016: The Sights and Sounds of Indak-Indak Sa Kadalanan 2016

The sun was up hiding from the cirrus clouds that day. The weather wasn’t that scorching but it was warm enough make the celebration more vibrant and lively. At seven o’clock, thrilled people not only from Davao but from other parts of the country and even foreigners started occupying the sidewalk of the city’s main thoroughfare where performers of the Street Dancing Competition will pass by. Colorful buntings were all over giving more colors to the major streets. The mood was extra cheerful. Like the previous years, everyone was tremendously excited to witness and be awed again by the sights and sounds of the Indak-indak sa Kadalanan, the most watched event of the Kadayawan sa Dabaw.

Kadayawan Festival - 2016Like those who vowed to never miss Kadayawan Festival every year, the Indak-indak sa Kadalanan has always been my personal favorite. I considered this event as a Mardi Gras of Indigenous Music and Dances featuring different cultures of Mindanao. In fact, it is the only event among other festivities that gathers different festival winners from different towns and provinces in Mindanao to compete and be hailed the grand champion among other festival winners. This is also the reason why Davao City’s Kadayawan Fest is tagged as the Mother of Festivals in Mindanao.

Kadayawan Festival 2016 11Being the city’s grandest and biggest festival celebrating all that is good in the city, the Kadayawan sa Dabaw celebrates the city’s bountiful harvest and continues to honor the rich, diverse, artistic, cultural and historical heritage of the land. Indak-indak sa Kadalanan depicts the core of this celebration – the bountiful harvest as well as the wealth of the city’s culture.

Kadayawan Festival 2016 14In this year’s street dancing mardi gras, 13 contingents from various parts of Davao and SoCCSKSarGen Region came not only to compete but also to showcase the culture of their region. Performances of each contingent feature a story line in a well-rehearsed choreography of dances, songs and other theatrical acts accompanied by the rhythm of their music and sound while dressed in colorful costumes and flanked by multihued props.

Kadayawan Festival 2016 16While tribal chanting gave goosebumps to the spectators, the deafening sounds of the smashing drums ecstatically set the whole street in a jovial mood. Despite the intense heat, people didn’t leave their place for 4 hours to patiently wait for every other contingent to perform. In the end, all the participating groups did not fail to mesmerize the spectator with their spectacular performances.

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The overall winning performance of James L. Chiongbian National Trade School from Kling, Kiamba, Sarangani Province bested 11 other contingents bringing home Php 500,000.00 cash prize. The entry from Kapatagan National High School of Laak, Compostela Valley was adjudged second place with Php 400,000.00 cash prize while Purok Sison Elementary School of Surallah, South Cotabato placed third and brought home Php 300,000.00 cash prize. This year’s Champion will also represent the city in the annual Aliwan Festival in Manila.

Kadayawan 2016Kadayawan’s Indak-Indak Sa Kadalanan is truly an amazing cultural event that honors the rich heritage and cultural diversity of Mindanao. And just like these multicultural differences showcased during this remarkable street dancing festivity, truly, there is unity in diversity.

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INDAK INDAK SA KADALANAN 2015 | The Colors, Sounds and Vibe of Kadayawan Festival

This year’s Indak-indak Sa Kadalanan of the 30th Kadayawan sa Dabaw paid tribute to the wealth and diversity of culture, abundance harvest, protection of the environment, and peaceful and harmonious coexistence between the indigenous and migrant people of Davao.

Kadayawan Festivak Indak-Indak Sa Kadalanan 2015 5“Kadayawan sa Dabaw”, being the city’s grandest and biggest festival celebrating all that is good in the city continues to honor the rich, diverse, artistic, cultural and historical heritage in a grand celebration of thanksgiving for all of Davao City’s blessings. Indak-indak sa Kadalanan depicts the core of this celebration – the bountiful harvest as well as the wealth of the city’s cultures.

Kadayawan Festivak Indak-Indak Sa Kadalanan 2015 3815 contingents from all over Mindanao competed in this year’s street dancing mardi gras. Performances of these contingents features group choreography that centered on this theme embraced by the festival.

Kadayawan Festivak Indak-Indak Sa Kadalanan 2015 20The overall winning performance of the Cabantian National High School from Davao City bested 14 other contingents bringing home Php 500,000.00 cash prize. The winning performance depicted the story of the B’laan’s ritual called Agungan as a peace offering to spirits of a giant tree the tribe has offended.

Kadayawan Festivak Indak-Indak Sa Kadalanan 2015 124The entry from South Cotabato, the Sto. Niño National High School Kalingawan Dance Troupe was adjudged first runner up with Php 400,000.00 cash prize. The Dawan National High School from Mati City, Davao Oriental ended up as second runner-up with Php 300,000.00 cash prize. The third runner up  was Polomolok Performing Arts Guild rom Polomolok, South Cotabato winning Php 100,000.00 cash prize and Municipality of Baganga, Davao Oriental as fourth runner up with Php 50,000.00 cash prize.

Kadayawan Festivak Indak-Indak Sa Kadalanan 2015 131The Dawan National High School of Mati City, Davao Oriental will represent the city in the annual Aliwan Festival in Manila.

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INDAK INDAK SA KADALANAN 2014: My Struggle to Capture the Kadayawan Vibe

At eight o’clock in the morning, the sun was up scorching at 32 degrees already. Despite the agonizing heat, people started occupying the sidewalk of the city’s main thoroughfare where performers of the Street Dancing Competition will pass by. The mood was extra festive. Colorful buntings were all over dominating the major streets. Everyone was in high spirit. The reverberating drumbeats were getting even louder. Beautiful smiles were everywhere and the whole sight was getting so picture perfect. And there I was along with hundreds of men and women geared with heavy cameras and long lenses – the media and the hobbyists – waiting for the perfect timing and perfect frame to freeze and capture candid moments that will silently speak how colorful and vivid the celebration of Kadayawan sa Dabaw is through Indak-indak sa Kadalanan, the most watched event of the festival.

Kadayawan Indak Indak Sa Kadalanan 2014 (563)Indak-indak sa Kadalanan has been my personal favorite even before I wasn’t travel blogging. It is this Mardi Gras of Indigenous Music and Dances that can prove Kadayawan sa Dabaw is indeed the Festival of Festivals as it gathers different festival winners from different towns and provinces in Mindanao to compete and be hailed the grand champion among other festival winners. Thus, the moniker Mother of Festivals in Mindanao.

Kadayawan Indak Indak Sa Kadalanan 2014 (2)For many years now, I’ve been covering Indak-indak sa Kadalanan as main feature of my blog for the month the August. In fact, I would not plan any trip or accept any out-of-town projects during this season just to be here in my city and cover this event that has become very significant to me as a Dabawenyo. For me, Kadayawan Festival is not just a merriment of bountiful harvest but also a cheerful celebration of the rich heritage and diverse culture not only of this city but Mindanao as a whole. All of these can be witnessed and experienced at Indak-indak sa Kadalanan. Thus, even the burning heat of the mighty sun can’t stop me from going out into the streets to capture the joyous and candid moments of the celebration. And I guess, every travel writer, blogger, photographer and hobbyist share the same feeling of passion and love covering this colorful experience.

Kadayawan Indak Indak Sa Kadalanan 2014 (588)Like the previous years, this year’s Kadayawan Festival gathered foreign and local spectators, local and national media, professional photographers and hobbyists for another vibrant and rhythmic staging of Indak indak Sa Kadalanan with 17 contingents coming from and outside of Davao City.

Kadayawan Indak Indak Sa Kadalanan 2014 (448)But talking about covering this year’s Indak-indak Sa Kadalanan, it was a different story. It is way too different compared from the previous years that I was on the streets covering this event with fellow festival fanatics. Just like the old days, tourist police and marshals were spread everywhere just as the media and photographers were scattered hoping to capture photographs we can publish on mainstream and social media. But this year’s festival marshals seemed too hard, too strict restricting photographers, professionals and hobbyists alike, from going closer to the performing contingents to get good photos and best angles of their choice. Even the media and photographers sticker passes were of no use as these tourist police and festival marshals would yell out shooing us away from areas where we could capture good shots. In fact, even at San Pedro Street where the main performances were done, we were limited to one specific area. Move away from there, you’ll be shouted at and reprimanded.

Kadayawan Indak Indak Sa Kadalanan 2014 (178)Stories from fellow photographers, bloggers and friends in the media circulated on the net narrating their horrendous experience with these marshals while covering the event. I had my share of unpleasant experience. In fact, I thought my camera was broken after one tourist police grabbed the rope that served as the cordon hitting our cameras badly. I felt so dismayed I wanted to leave the place right away but then I realized I owed it to these tireless performers to capture their performances rehearsed for so many days not only for us to see and experience but for the world to appreciate through our humble efforts of showing it to social media. And I embraced that promise to my readers and followers to bring the highlights of Kadayawan Festival to where they are in the planet. And so, despite that very disappointing incident, I went on struggling to capture and freeze expressions and special moments of Indak-indak sa Kadalanan.

Kadayawan Indak Indak Sa Kadalanan 2014 (595)The vibrant colors, heart pounding drum beats and awe inspiring dances of the different contingents from Davao and other provinces of Mindanao enthused me to continue shooting despite being contained in a limited space. There were instances that my view was blocked but I had to find ways to take good shots. The groovy rhythm of the smashing drums somehow helped lessened the dismay I felt. And I reminded myself, “this is a festival, I must be on a festive mood.”

Kadayawan Indak Indak Sa Kadalanan 2014 (279)At the end, Indak-indak Sa Kadalanan was still a great showcase of different culture reflected on the well-rehearsed performances of the 17 contingents vying for the grand prize. The choreographed dances showcasing tribal rituals and the way of life of the different tribes truly showed the rich and diverse culture each contingent portrayed enthusiastically during the performances.

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Nevertheless, I hope and pray that what we, photographers and media, horribly experience this year’s coverage of Indak-indak Sa Kadalanan won’t happen again next year.

I am OLAN EMBOSCADO, your Travel Teller and this is KADAYAWAN FESTIVAL 2014.
I am OLAN EMBOSCADO, your Travel Teller and this is KADAYAWAN FESTIVAL 2014.

MADAYAW DABAW!

KADAYAWAN FESTIVAL 2013: Indak Indak Sa Kadalanan

A celebration of life,
A thanksgiving for the gifts of nature,
The wealth of culture,
The bounties of harvest and serenity of living,
These among others are the reasons of celebrating Kadayawan Festival!

And so, despite the disheartening threats on peace and security in the metro, Dabawenyos went out courageously to the city’s major thoroughfares to celebrate this annual festival of life, abundance of harvest and tranquility of living. Along with the thousands of Dabawenyos who flock the city streets, I was among those who witnessed yet another successful and festive celebration of Kadayawan sa Dabaw 2013.

_DSC0666 copyHailed as the Mother of Festivals in Mindanao, Kadayawan Festival is not just a merriment of bountiful harvest but also a cheerful celebration of the rich heritage and diverse culture not only of the Davaoeños but even Mindanao as a whole.

_DSC0870This becomes evident as the main thoroughfares of Davao City was filled once again with lively music, remarkable dances and vibrant colors as twenty three contingents coming from different schools and communities in Davao City and nearby provinces converged in the much awaited Indak Indak sa Kadalanan, the most watched festivity of Kadayawan Festival that pays tribute to Davao and Mindanao’s artistic, cultural and historical heritage.

_DSC0276In this very much anticipated Indak Indak sa Kadalanan, a Mardi Gras of Indigenous Music and Dances, the heart pounding drum beats reverberated all over the city’s downtown district while the vibrant colors of captivating Red and Yellow dominated the streets. These were the rhythmic beats and vivid hues brought by the 23 contingents as they showcased rituals and dances of their respective tribes dressed and accessorized by multihued costumes while flanked by fabulous props.

_DSC0675The performers’ energetic moves, amusing choreography and the resounding ethnic chants joyously set the whole thoroughfare in a festive groovy mood. While performers are up dancing on the street, people were cheering mesmerized by such spectacular event. The rhythm of the drumbeat put the whole crowd in carefree spirit – dancing and jumping along with the performers.

Kadayawan Festival 2013While the awe inspiring performances of different contingents showcased the rich and diverse cultures of Davao and Mindanao, their dances and choreography portray beautiful stories that often centered on the lives of their tribe, their people, their belief and their connection to mother earth.

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And just like these multicultural differences showcased during this spectacular street dancing festivity, there is unity in diversity – just as I embraced living and enjoying this city of great multicultural diversity. After all, LIFE IS HERE in DAVAO CITY!

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THE TRAVEL TELLER with Kadawayan 2013 Indakers

KADAYAWAN’S INDAK INDAK SA KADALANAN 2012

Twenty contingents coming from different schools and communities in Davao City and nearby provinces assembled in the city’s downtown district to compete and be hailed prestigious winner of this year’s Indak Indak sa Kadalanan, the much awaited, most watched highlight of Kadayawan sa Dabaw 2012.

Dali Kamo, Mag Indak Indak Kita!

Dubbed as the King of Festivals, Kadayawan Sa Dabaw features not only the merriment of blessings for the City’s bounties of nature and the gifts of bountiful harvest but also highlights the rich heritage and diverse culture that define Davaoeños’ affluent history and colorful past.

Shagit ug Kusog, MADAYAW DABAW!
Shagit ug Kusog, MADAYAW DABAW!

Ten Tribes, One Vibe. This has been the city’s Festival theme honoring the early ten settlers of the City that despite differences of cultures, traditions and beliefs, these indigenous tribes are connected by a common origin binding them together as ONE and the SAME – an origin that traces the core of history of the City of Davao.

Ang Pagpaabot.

In the much awaited Indak Indak sa Kadalaan, a Mardi Gras of Music and Dances, the vibrant colors of captivating Red and Yellow dominated the streets while the heart pounding drum beats reverberated all over the city’s downtown district. These were the colors and rhythms brought by 20 contingents as they performed rituals and dances of their respective places while dressed in multihued costumes and flanked by colorful props. The resounding ethnic chants and the deafening beat of the smashing drums ecstatically set the whole district in a jovial groovy mood.

Hugway! Hugway!

The awe inspiring performances of different contingents vying for the most coveted title showcased the rich and diverse cultures of Davao and Mindanao as beautifully reflected on their well rehearsed dances and choreography.

THE STREET DANCING SCENARIOS

Kay Kinsa Isabwag Ang Mga Lukay?
Pag-ampo ug Pagpangaliya!
Dali kamo, magsaulog kita!
Dawata, Oh Diwata! Dawata Among Gasa!
Pasalamat Para Sa Gasa!
Ang Pagpas-an Sa Dakung Bukag!
Manyaget Kita, KADAYAWAN NA!
Ang Kaanyag sa Kadayawan
Si Inday ug ang Iyang Matam-is nga Pahiyum!
Hiyaaaaaaaaaaa! Hiyaaaaaaaaa! Hiyaaaaaaa!
Kadayawan Indakers!
We called them Kadayawan Indakers!
Sweet Kadayawan Smile!
Unya Siya Miusbaw!
Enter the Indaker!
Kadayawan! Kadayawan! Hey! Hey! Hey!
SILIP! Pasilip!
Into the Multitude of Hues
Pinakurat!
Hugpong sa mga Pula ug Dalag!
Sa Akong Mga Ngabil!
Madayaw Kasulaw!
Hala, Mag-Indak Indak Kita!
Ang Babayeng Maninikop
Diwata, Oh Diwata!
Ang Dagway sa Mindanao
Girl Air Bender
Batang Indaker
Magtiayon
Kadayawan Chanter!
COLORS
Ang Kaanyag ug Katahum sa Kadayawan
TEN TRIBES. ONE VIBE. FEEL IT. YEAH!

As a proud Davaoeño and a Mindanaoan, seeing all these made me grateful that I was born and raised in this Island blessed with multi-cultural influences and heritage truly unique and Filipino. This made me realized despite differences of culture coming from different ways of lives; we all got to embrace the multicultural diversity of the city. Just as we all say, DAVAO: Life is Here!

The Travel Teller with the 2012 Kadayawan Indakers