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Kadayawan: Unity in diversity

August 15, 2019 - Thursday 3:08 PM by Judy Quiros

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DAVAO CITY -- Kadayawan is synonymous with the Hiyas ng Kadayawan, Indak-Indak or street dance, Pamulak or floral float parade, the Kadayawan IP Village showcasing the city’s 11 tribes, mountains of fruits, and flowers. These are indeed the major highlights of the festivity, but there are a lot more to see and experience.

But what the city emphasizes are the indigenous tribes whose culture is celebrated in the month-long celebration. The 11 tribes -- Ata, Iranun, Kagan, Klata Guiangan, Maguindanao, Maranaw, Matigsalug, Ovu Manuvu, Sama, Taga-bawa, and Tausug -- are represented at the IP Village in Magsaysay Park.

In an interview at the IP Village with the Mirror, Dyna Agaw of the Matigsalug tribe said she is more than happy to see people visiting the IP Village to appreciate their culture. She said people come to buy their hand-made indigenous crafts, farm produce, and indigenous food. She considers this a big deal because people are learning to love and treasure indigenous products.

Malipay ko mag tan-aw nga ganahan ang mga tao sa amung mga natibo nga mga produkto ug dako kaau ni nga tabang sa amua (I’m glad to see people appreciating our native products. This is a big help to us),” she said.

The city government through Mayor Sara Duterte and Vice Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte have called on the people to come out and enjoy the activities, showing the world unity and peace among Davaoeños despite their diverse culture. They said the Kadayawan is the  perfect chance to appreciate the wealth of Philippine culture, food, and traditions.

For the entire duration of the festival, it’s best for people to take time out from work and their busy schedules and loosen up. The highlights that should not be missed are the coronation of the Hiyas ng Kadayawan, the Indak-Indak and floral float parade, the various cultural performances, the IP Village, the “Dula sa Kadayawan” or indigenous games, and of course the food, fruits, and flowers. This is the simplest essence of Kadayawan: enjoy, unite, and be at peace with each other.