Plunging in festival heat

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

AMID the scorching festival heat, Sun.Star Davao and Superbalita Davao hit the downtown streets on Sunday to join in the floral float parade, one of the highlights of the 29th Kadayawan sa Dabaw.

This being the first time to participate in Pamulak, the newspaper dispatched its simple float - a tricycle dressed up with some local fruits such as mangosteen, durian, and lanzones, along with other 68 competing and non-competing contingents. The tricycle will be raffled off in December through the Supersuki Christmas Raffle Promo 2014 launched recently.

Sun.Star Davao staff, headed by editor-in-chief Stella A. Estremera, endured the midday sun and took the streets to be one with thousands of Dabawenyos and tourists who joined in the festivity.


The parade started at R. Magsaysay Avenue, left turn to CM Recto Avenue, right turn to San Pedro St., right turn to Pelayo St., and then right turn to Palma Gil St.

Other floats sported waling-waling and other colorful flowers, making each float more appealing.

Beyond mixing up to what's pleasing to the eyes, other contingents played up with huge durian and eagle atop every floral float, two of the most popular symbols of Davao City. Little know that the festival we know today has evolved from an ethnic ritual as a thanksgiving to Manama, or the Supreme Being. The tribes would usually gather to honor Manama for showering blessings by way of bountiful harvest.

The city's ethnic tribes are Ata, Matigsalug, Ovu-Manuvo, Klata-Djangan, Tagabawa, Tausog, Maguindanao, Maranao, Kagan, Sama, and Iranun.

Needless to say how blessed Davao is. The abundance of fruits and vegetables, grown under the divine protection of the Manama, is in and of itself a testament how blessed the city is.

Now, Kadayawan, touted as the "festival of all festivals," reflects Davao's cultural and historical heritage.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 18, 2014.


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