The 29th Kadayawan Festival held in Davao City las week was a success with thousands of Dabawenyos and visitors enjoying the week-long celebration which ended Sunday.
Major highlights of the celebration were the Hiyas ng Kadayawan, a beauty pageant for indigenous tribe members of the city; indak-indak sa dalan which is a street-dancing competition showcasing the indigenous dances; and the Pamulak sa Kadayawan which is a floral float parade showcasing the different flowers and fruits in the city.
The Hiyas ng Kadayawan title went to the representative of the Ata tribe, Susan Batawan, who wants to serve her community thru education. Other winners were
Chally Lou Macaran of the Matigsalog Tribe – 1st Runner-up; and Kessia Carol Tar of the Bagobo-Klata Tribe – 2nd Runner-up.
In the street-dance competition, the championship title and cash prize of P500,000 went to the City of Mati’s Matiao National High School Special Program for the Arts. 1st Runner-up – Christian School of Polomolok; 2nd Runner-up – Cabantian National High School; 3rd Runner-up – Sta. Ana National High School Performing Arts; and 4th Runner-up – San Luiz National High School.
In the floral float parade, the “alternative category” title went to Bgy. Kapitan Tomas;
1st Runner-up – Davao Horse Club; 2nd Runner-up – Club VeeDub Davao; 3rd Runner-up – Philippine Daily Inquirer; and 4th Runner-up – Hydie Jereos.
In the traditional category, championship went to International Pharmaceutical Inc.;
1st Runner-up – Concentrix; 2nd Runner-up – Bgy. Sta. Cruz, Talikud Island; 3rd Runner-up – University of the Philippines Los Baños Alumni Association; and 4th Runner-up – Ines Flower Shop
No untoward incident happened during the week-long celebration with more than 3,000 police, military, and barangay auxiliary forces securing all areas where activities are conducted.