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.


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
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
Kadayawan Chanter!
Ang Kaanyag ug Katahum sa Kadayawan

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


Five years ago, the Apo View Hotel which I consider my second home here in Davao City celebrated its 60th Founding Anniversary as the city’s Premier Hotel and the second oldest in the Philippines. In line with that grand celebration, we at The Apo View joined the people of Davao in celebrating Kadayawan Festival bringing the festive spirit of the celebration right at the very heart of the Apo View Hotel, thus, born “KADAYAWAN FIESTA AT THE APO VIEW”.

It was a very successful event that has left an indelible mark in the hearts of our hotel guests, visitors and the public. Thus, a year after that, Kadayawan Fiesta at The Apo View becomes a significant event that we at the Apo View and together with our loyal guests look forward to every year. Today, on its 5th year, we proudly present KADAYAWAN FIESTA AT THE APO VIEW 2012 showcasing Mindanao’s artistic, cultural and historical heritage.

During this two-week celebration that runs from August 6 to 19, we have in stored spectacular events that will truly showcase the authentic artistry and rich culture not just the bustling City of Davao but our Island Mindanao as whole.

In this festive two week event of pure merriment, the Apo View Hotel will be showcasing:

The weaving of Dagmay Fabric by a true member of Mandaya Tribe from Caraga, Davao Oriental.
Mannequins wearing ethnic inspired fashion creations by Juliet Pamintuan, one of Davao’s Top Homegrown Designers.
Floral Exhibit and Fruit Display at the Lobby.
Live tribal music and cultural dance performances by the Kaagan Dance Theater Collective Incorporated showcasing ritual dances of the Davao Tribe.
A spectacular Fire Dancing by the Apo Duwaling Fire Dancers.
Davao’s indigenous cuisine and delicacies served at the Entrée and Café Josefina.
A showcase of indigenous products, fresh fruits and delectable delicacies at our mini-Kadayawan Bazaar.
The indigenous art exhibit of Roland Tamfalan, a proud member of Tiboli Tribe whose works have been featured nationwide.
Jewelry Making by Sheilo Neroso and Tattooing by Tata Laping.
This year, we also partnered with Canon Marketing together with select Photographers in Davao for a photo exhibit entitled “Mga Dagway Sa Kadayawan”.

These and more can be enjoyed during the weeklong celebration of the Kadayawan Fiesta at the apo View 2012.

Celebrate Kadayawan 2012.
Celebrate with The Apo View.


The Ten Tribes of Davao City will once again converge in One Vibe this week for the annual celebration of Kadayawan sa Dabaw. Join the ten indigenous tribes of Ata, Matigsalug, Ovu-Manuvo, Klata-Djangan, Tagabawa, Tausog, Maguindanao, Maranao, Kagan, and Sama as they come together in merriment and celebration for bounties of nature, good harvest and oneness of culture. This is Kadayawan Festival 2012.

“Kadayawan sa Dabaw” is the city’s grandest and biggest annual festival in celebration of the bountiful harvest of Davao’s flowers, fruits and other produce as well as the wealth of the city’s cultures. To this day, the festival continues to honor the city’s richness and diverse artistic, cultural and historical heritage in a grand celebration of thanksgiving for all of Davao City’s blessings.

This week will highlight some of the must-awaited events of the Festival including the famed Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan (Street Dancing) and Pamulak sa Kadalanan (Floral Float Parade) happening respectively on Saturday and Sunday.

Other than that, there are accredited events from select establishments, event centers and venues showcasing the best of Kadayawan Festival.