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Araw ng Dabaw 2021 kicks off with digital fete

March 02, 2021 - Tuesday 8:03 PM by Davao City Information Office

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With face masks and face shields on, a reminder of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Araw ng Dabaw celebration goes on, marking a new chapter for Dabawenyos. 

On Monday night, March 1, a grand digital celebration with performances from Davao City’s homegrown talents welcomed this year’s annual fete in a spectacular pre-recorded video production streamed online. 

The opening ceremony featured Davao music, dances, and cultural performances from local artists and groups that centered on the best of Davao. 

Before this, a flag-raising ceremony on the City Hall grounds was led by Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte in the morning with some government officials and employees, followed by ‘Misa Pasalamat’, a thanksgiving mass, at San Pedro Cathedral. 

Mayor Sara Duterte, in an interview, thanked all Dabawenyos for being strong and resilient amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Pasalamat ko sa tanang Dabawenyos for being strong and resilient during this pandemic and kinahanglan magpadayon ta sa atong kusog as a city, as a people (I thanked all Dabawenyos for being strong and resilient during this pandemic. We need to continue to be strong as a city, as a people),” Duterte said, adding that Dabawenyos should remain unified to combat the global health crisis. 

The 84th Araw ng Dabaw official theme song, “Dabaw Dabawenyo”, which highlights a unified Dabawenyos amid the struggle with the global health crisis, was also launched during the opening ceremony performed by Davao renowned artists. Watch it here: https://www.facebook.com/Arawngdabawofficial/videos/1167005647065201/ 

Virtual events will continue with activities prepared by the City Tourism Office, including ‘Tilaw Dabaw’ and ‘Hugyaw Dabaw’ on March 2, and ‘Obra Dabaw’ and ‘Istilo Dabaw’ on March 3. 

Online concert events organized by private business partners are also set. 

All activities will be premiered online through the Araw ng Dabaw 2021 Facebook Page and will also be streamed live in the City Government of Davao and Davao City Disaster Radio Facebook Pages from March 1 to 3.