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Indak-Indak Sa Kadalanan: Telling the Lumad’s story through dance

August 15, 2019 - Thursday 3:08 PM by Ruth Palo

Article Banner Image FESTIVE. Dancers perform during the ‘Indak-indak sa Kadalanan,’ a street dancing competition during the Kadayawan Festival in Davao City. MINDANEWS

DAVAO CITY -- The Indak-indak Sa Kadalanan or street dancing is one of the most awaited events during the Kadayawan festivities where Davaoeños and visitors gather together to witness the competition despite the heat of the sun.

During the street dancing, you will see a one-of-a-kind competition that beautifully displays the diversity of the tribes and the Lumad heritage in Mindanao.

Indak-Indak Sa Kadalanan transforms the city’s streets into one gigantic party where you can hear heart-pounding drum beats and the rhythms of pounding feet from hundreds of performers from different parts of Mindanao.

This year’s Indak-Indak is already the largest award-giving street dance contest of all Philippine festivals, with P8 million in prizes awaiting the winners.

Aside from the prizes, the newest category will also be introduced this year: the champions’ circle category. Indak-Indak event organizer Harold Quebete said winners from 2016 up to 2018 will compete for the P1.2 million prize.

Other categories include the open category and school-based category, where winners will receive P1 million each.

More than just a lively street party, Indak-Indak Sa Kadalanan is also a cultural event depicting the stories of Mindanao’s different tribes through dance. The organizer promised that this year’s Indak-Indak will be more festive and more organized, with 18 contingents from various parts of Mindanao with around 3,000 performers.

Quebete told MDM that in the school-based category there will be eight contingents, seven in open category, and three contingents in the champions’ circle.

Here are the participating contingents for 2019’s Indak-Indak sa kadalanan.

For the Champions’ circle category:

Santa Ana Performing Arts Guild, Sining Sayon Dawet Cultural Ensemble-Davao City National High School, and Mabini National High School Special Program in the Arts.

For the Davao City School Based Category: Artemio Loyola Elementary School, Lapu-Lapu Elementary School,Buhangin District Performing Arts Guild,Talomo Central Elementary School, Catalunan Pequeño National High School-Kawangis Performing Arts Guild, Don Juan dela Cruz Central Elementary School, Sirawan Beach Elementary School- Binugao District , and Magallanes Elementary School.

Likewise, seven contingents will vie for the Open Category: Kablacan Integrated School-Saranggani Province, Mati National Comprehensive High School-Mati Davao Oriental, Sindac Anib Performing Ensemble of Bislig- Surigao del Sur, Elizalde National High School- Maco, Compostela Valley Province, Teatro Amorseco Dance Troupe of Notre Dame of Santo Niño-South Cotabato, Lupon National Comprehensive High School-Lupon, Davao Oriental, and Sining Pakalagyan Cultural Ensemble-Maguindanao Province.

Quebete urged the public to witness the biggest and most vibrant street dance party in Davao set to take place on August 16, 2019.

Performances will start at the Roxas Avenue and the final showdown will be held at San Pedro Square.