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Culture Class: Holidays in the Philippines, Season 1, Lesson 24 - Kadayawan Festival
Hello, and welcome to the Culture Class- Holidays in the Philippines Series at FilipinoPod101.com. In this series, we’re exploring the traditions behind Filipino holidays and observances. I’m Eric, and you're listening to Season 1, Lesson 24, Kadayawan Festival. In Filipino, it’s called Kadayawan Festival.
The Kadayawan Festival is held every third Sunday of August in Davao City. It is held as a celebration of life, the richness of culture, and as a way of thanking nature for its bountiful harvest, or in Filipino ani.
In this lesson, we will learn how the Kadayawan Festival is celebrated.
Now, before we get into more detail, do you know the answer to this question-
From what word does the name of this festival come?
If you don't already know, you’ll find out a bit later. Keep listening.
One of the unique aspects of this festival is its ability to unite the different tribes of Davao. Among these are the tribes of the Tausog, Maranao, Kagan, and many others. One of the important events is the Hiyas ng Kadayawan, translated as “Jewel of Kadayawan pageant,” and is a pageant of ladies from different indigenous tribes.
After this comes the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan or “Street Dancing Competition”. This is a competition of dance, in Filipino sayaw, performed on the wide streets of Davao City. In this competition, participants show off their skills by showcasing their native dances.
After this comes the Pamulak Kadayawan or “Kadayawan Floral Float Parade”. This is comparable to the Street Dance Competition, but is on a different level in terms of scale and grandeur. Aside from the dancing, there’s also a parade of floats, or parada ng karosa, which are filled with flowers, or bulaklak.
After the long period of Martial Law was abolished in the Philippines in 1986, this feast, then called Apo Duwaling, was celebrated in order to unite the people of Davao. This name is taken from 3 icons of Davao: Mt. Apo, the highest peak in the Philippines; a fruit called Durian; and a variety of orchid known as Waling-Waling.
Now it's time to answer our quiz question-
From what word does the name of this festival come?
The name Kadayawan comes from the greeting “madayaw”, which in turn comes from the Davaoeño word “dayaw.” This word means something that is good, important, and beautiful.
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