KADAYAWAN TRADITION CONTINUES AT THE APO VIEW HOTEL MANAGED BY EUROTEL

On the celebration of 30th Kadayawan Sa Dabaw, the Apo View Hotel, the city’s premier hotel joined the people of Davao in celebrating the city’s annual festival that celebrates the bountiful harvest of the land, rich and diverse culture of its people and its tranquility of living.

DCIM100GOPRONow managed by the Eurotel, Apo View Hotel’s celebration of Kadayawan Festival brought in all the colorful sights and lively sounds of the festivities inside the premises of the hotel. Hotel guests who stayed at the Apo View during this week-long celebration were treated with in-house festivities to feel the vibe and spirit of the festival.

Apo View Hotel Managed by EUROTEL (53)DCIM100GOPROApo View Hotel’s celebration of Kadayawan Festival is a tradition that has been made every year. In fact, hotel patrons and frequent guests look forward to witness such spectacular event every year. At one point, Apo View Hotel is renowned being the only hotel in Davao with such festive and most colorful event every Kadayawan Festival season.

DCIM100GOPROThis year, Apo View Hotel managed by Eurotel brought back the music and dances of the Kaagan Dance Theatre Collective Inc., a Mindanao finalist to the Pilipinas Got Talent, as they showcased the ritual and traditional dances of the different tribes of Davao and nearby provinces.

DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPRO DCIM100GOPROThe premises were adorned and filled by sights and sounds depicting the festive colors, cheerful sounds and jovial spirit of the celebration. Being Davao’s premier and the second oldest hotel in the Philippines, Apo View Hotel’s own version of the Kadayawan Festival embraces the city’s invaluable effort in honoring, preserving and promoting the artistry and rich culture not just the bustling City of Davao but of the Island Mindanao as whole.

Apo View Hotel Managed by EUROTEL (55) Apo View Hotel Managed by EUROTEL (57)Kudos to the Apo View Hotel for continuing this tradition of showcasing and promoting what is truly Dabawenyo and Mindanaoan. Indeed, something to look forward to every year.

Apo View Hotel Managed by EUROTEL (54)***I would like to thank Ms. Leah Adolfo for my Kadayawan sa Dabaw 2015 weekend experience at the Apo View Hotel.

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!

SAYAW MINDANAW 2014: Appreciating Mindanao’s Indigenous Culture and Traditions

Twenty five participating dance and theatre ensembles converged at Davao City Recreation Center for the annual staging of Sayaw Mindanaw, an annual indigenous-based dance competition held in Davao City as part of the Kadayawan Festival celebration. It is considered as one of the important events of the festival as it depicts the rich and colorful culture and tradition of the Mindanao portrayed though live indigenous music and theatrical dance narratives.

SAYAW MINDANAWI had the opportunity to be seated at the front row witnessing a rare convergence of vibrant colors, rhythmic beats and graceful movements of different tribes in Mindanao. It is not just a competition but also a celebration and appreciation of Mindanao’s rich indigenous culture and traditions.

Sayaw MIndanaw 2014 80Sayaw Mindanaw is open to all dance groups of students, out of school youth and community based performers though out Mindanao. Entries should be of theatrical dance narratives narrating Mindanao Indigenous Peoples’ epics, folklores and traditions.

Sayaw MIndanaw 2014 142 Sayaw MIndanaw 2014 143Out of the 25 participating entries vying for the qualifying round and the finals, Davao City’s Madayaw Dance Ensemble was adjudged as champion in this year’s Sayaw Mindanao competition. Second place went to the T’boli National High School Performing Arts from T’boli, South Cotabato and Liceo de Cagayan Folkloric Dance Troupe from Cagayan De Oro City bagged the third prize.

Sayaw MIndanaw 2014 122One of the entries of this year’s competition is the Caraga National High School Dance Troupe from Caraga, Davao Oriental where they portrayed indigenous Mandayan marriage ceremony. I was so proud to see them wearing proudly the vivid colors and performing lively the cultures of our Mandaya brothers and sisters from our Province. In the end, they bagged the special citation as Best in Indigenous Research Material.

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The staging of Sayaw Mindanaw every year as part of the Kadayawan Festival celebration is one great opportunity to better understand and appreciate Mindanao’s indigenous culture and traditions. Our diversity and multi-ethnicity make this island the most interesting cultural destination in the country.

The Travel Teller with the winning group - Davao City's Madayaw Dance Ensemble
The Travel Teller with the winning group – Davao City’s Madayaw Dance Ensemble
The Judges and Organizer of SAYAW MINDANAW 2014
The Judges and Organizer of SAYAW MINDANAW 2014
With my fellow MANDAYAS
With my fellow MANDAYAS
Mayor Alicia Mori of Caraga, Davao Oriental receiving the special citation for this year's Sayaw Mindanao, Best in Indigenous Material Research. Congrats Mayor and Caraga National High School Dance Troupe. #ProudMandaya
Mayor Alicia Mori of Caraga, Davao Oriental receiving the special citation for this year’s Sayaw Mindanao, Best in Indigenous Material Research. Congrats Mayor and Caraga National High School Dance Troupe. #ProudMandaya

Byaheng Mindanaw na!

THE TRAVEL TELLER COVERS KADAYAWAN FESTIVAL 2012

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.

JOIN THE PEOPLE OF DAVAO IN CELEBRATING KADAYAWAN FESTIVAL 2012.