August 10, 2009

August is Kadayawan Festival..

“Nahiusang Katawhan Nakigdait sa Kalibutan”

(“One People in Communion with the Earth”)

This is the year's theme for Kadayawan Festival, which is held every year during August in Davao City Philippines. The festival is a celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, and the bounties of harvest.

Over the years, I had the great time watching the festivities because there are so many to see. Not only the abundant fruits, but during the whole month there are activities that are just amazing and without a doubt one of a kind. Its a month long celebration, where there are live bands every week, honors Davao's artistic, cultural and historical heritage, its past personified by the ancestral “lumads”, its people as they celebrate on the streets, and its floral industry as its representatives parade in full regalia in thanksgiving for the blessings granted on the city. A celebration that interfaces the three aspects: tribal; industrial and; arts and entertainment. The festivities are highlighted with floral floats, street-dancing competitions and exhibits that showcases the island's tourism products and services.

And since im here in the US, I will miss the whole festivities. Somehow it saddens me to know that my friends are going to celebrate and enjoy the whole month while Im here asking them how the celebration turn out to be. Well, maybe next year, hubby and I, i hope, are going back to Philippines and experience Kadayawan again.