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P70 million budget for Kadayawan 2019

July 09, 2019 - Tuesday 11:07 AM by Lovely Carillo

Article Banner Image KADAYAWAN LAUNCHING. Mayor Sara Duterte urges all Davaoeños -- Lumad, Muslim, and Christian -- to go out and enjoy the festivities. ARJOY CENIZA


DAVAO CITY -- The 34th Kadayawan sa Davao, which was formally launched by Mayor Sara Duterte at Dusit Hotel Monday, is eyeing a budget of P70 million to pave the way for higher competition prizes. 

“P20 million will be coming from the city government, and all the rest by the private sector… P50 million or hopefully more than that,” City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) Generose Tecson said in an interview.

Tecson said the prizes for the Indak-Indak, which is one of the main events of the Kadayawan Festival, has been increased.

With the popularity of the Kadayawan Festival increasing every year, the city also hopes to surpass last year’s tourism arrival from 200,000 visitors to 250,000 or more visitors this year.

“That’s why we spread out the activities to almost all the weekend of August. If we hold it in one week di kaya ng accommodation sector so we spread it out the whole month of August,” she said.

Tecson said the aim is to make visitors stay in Davao longer and as much as possible visit not just Davao City but other provinces in the Davao Region as well.

“Davao has always been the gateway, we don’t have anything to lose if they go to other regions,” she said.

11 TRIBES. Mayor Sara Duterte with the deputy mayors of the 11 tribes of Davao. ARJOY CENIZA

Meanwhile, Mayor Sara said the city celebrates the Kadayawan Festival every year not just to give Davaoeños a reason to celebrate.

We do it so we do not forget where we come from and what blessings we have received through the years, blessings which we continue to receive today, she added.

“The community will be coming together next month in thanksgiving for how the indigenous communities of Davao City have shaped the history of the city,” she said.

Among the reasons for this celebration, she said, is because “we have been blessed not just with natural resources but favorable climate conditions, a thriving economy and peace and order.”

“I am inviting everyone across the globe to come and visit davao this August to witness the highlights, the sights and flavors of Kadayawan in Davao,” she said.

Sara called on all Davaoeños, Lumads, Muslims and Christians to go out and not just enjoy the festivities “but to use Kadayawan as an opportunity to continue to learn about one another, about what makes our culture unique and similar.”

She said Davaoeños should use the Kadayawan as an opportunity to learn about what else they can do together as a multicultural Davaoeño community to bring the city” to a future defined by our own terms, progressive yet sustainable, modern but guided by lessons of the past and the wisdom of our forebears.”