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It is a celebration of Good Harvest! This globally famous festival is a weeklong celebration and thanksgiving for nature’s bountiful harvest. Kadayawan Festival is being celebrated every 3rd Week of August. A celebration of the plentiful harvests of fruits and orchids during the season. Kadayawan is derived from the prehistoric word “madayaw,” a warm and friendly greeting also used to explain a thing that is valuable, superior, beautiful, good, or profitable, “Kadayawan” in Mandaya means anything that brings fortune, a celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and serenity of living. Ethnic tribes around Mt. Apo usually gathered during the harvest-time when they had a bountiful harvest to give thanks to their gods particularly the all-powerful Bathala (supreme God). According to legend, the occasion is noticeable by happiness, singing, and dancing, as well as offerings to their divine protectors.

T he festival is celebrated in the month of August with floats of fresh flowers and fruits, and indak-indak sa kadalanan or street dancing in colorful costumes. A variety of tribes parade the streets with their tribal costumes and jewelry. The city of Davao comes alive every year in August when it holds it yearly harvest festival. The streets are adorned with local fruit & vegetables while people hold street dances with abandon for four days. The harbour is the venue for native & power boat races. Everybody fights for seats to watch the Horse Fighting wherein stallions fight each other over the rights to mate with a mare. The crowd is sometimes tracked by the horses if they get too close. The last day the street is full of costumed dancers dancing to the local beat & decorated floats with glamorous Mindanao girls as eye candy. It's a time of fun & abandon. The festivity is not complete without the Bya'Neng ng Kadayawan or the Miss Kadayawan beauty contest. There is also the horsefight, a tribal animal show similar to the bullfight in Spain.


The festival began from a government-initiated program called “Unlad Proyekto Davao” in 1986, planned to unite the Davaoeños after the chaotic martial law years and to showcase the city as a peaceful and colorful place to visit and do business in. At the time, it was called “Apo Duwaling,”a name created from the icons Davao was famous for: Mt. Apo, the country's highest peak; durian, the king of fruits; and waling-waling. The queen of orchids. Davao is also home of the majestic Philippine eagle, the national bird. In 1988, the festival was renamed “Kadayawan sa Dabaw” by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to celebrate the city's unique wealth in flowers, fruits, and ethnic culture.

Today, Kadayawan has transformed into a festival of festivals, the mother of may other festivals in the region as it honors Davao’s artistic, cultural and historical heritage, its past personified by the ancestral “lumads”, its people as they celebrate on the streets, and its floral industry as they parade in full regalia in thanksgiving for the blessings granted on the city.

“Kadayawan sa Dabaw” is an enriching experience with a difference as its explores the past, present and future of the Davaoeños, the Mindanaoans, the Filipinos. Its sights and sounds remain supreme. Be part of the experience.

“Du-aw na sa Dabaw! Duyog sa Kadayawan! Maglingaw-lingaw ta!”


Aug. 12
8-11 AM
Mayor Rodrigo Duterte Criterium Race
From Magallanes, C.M Recto, Rizal, Legaspi to Magallanes

4-6 PM
HIYAS SA KADAYAWAN (Fashion Presentation)
Gaisano South Citimall

Aug. 12-13
SKIM Davao 3rd Whoosh National Skimboarding Competition
MerGrande Ocean Resort

Aug. 13
6 AM-1 PM
Flight of the Eagles
Magsaysay Park to Malagos

Aug. 14
8 AM-1 PM
WAW Davao Recreational Kayak Racing
Davao Marina Mark

Aug. 15
8 AM-2PM
WAW Davao Whale Watching
Lasang, Davao City

10 AM-6 PM
SAYAW MINDANAW (Preliminaries)
SM City Entertainment Plaza

5:30-6:30 PM
PASALAMAT (Mass and Promenade)
Quezon Park

7 PM
TINGOG KADAYAWAN (Concert of 200 Voices)
Centennial Park

Aug. 16
8 AM-4 PM
WAW Davao Windsurfing 101
Chemas Beach Resort

10 AM-6 PM
SAYAW MINDANAW (Preliminaries)
SM City Entertainment Plaza

7 PM
HIYAS SA KADAYAWAN (Search for Festival Symbol)
SM City Entertainment Plaza

7 PM UROG ETNIKA (Mindanao Fashion Showcase)
SM City Entertainment Plaza

Aug. 16-18
9 AM-8 PM
Ikebana International Exhibit
NCCC Mall Ground Level

Aug. 16-18
7 PM
Kaimunan sang Da’an
Palma Gil St.

Aug. 17
8 AM-4 PM
WAW Davao Sports Fishing and Island Hopping
Island Garden City of Samal/Davao Gulf

8 AM-6 PM
Kasamongan Festival
IIPE Grounds (infront of Nanay Bebeng’s)

9 AM-4 PM
SUBA SA KINABUHI (Davao River Festival)
Davao River Promenade

2-4/ 6-8 PM
Bayanihan – “On Golden Wings of Love”

4 PM-8 PM Rizal Park
7:30-11:30 PM Matina Town Square

Aug. 17-18
2nd Global PWU-PWC Alumni
The Venue

Aug. 18
Whole day
Globe Intensity G Caravan
Rizal Park

9 AM-12 NN
HURAWAN (Davao Horse Rite)

1-5 PM
LUMADNONG KAGIKAN (Indigenous Peoples Festival)
Gaisano Mall of Davao

4:30-10 PM
WAW Davao Sunset Cruise and Moonlight Cruise
Davao Gulf

Whole Day
ABS-CBN Global Concert
Rizal Park

7 PM
(Mindanao Indigenous Dance Festival)
SM City Entertainment Plaza

Aug. 18-19
6 PM-12 MN
Blue Roost: Ateneo de Manila National Reunion
The Marco Polo Davao

Aug. 19 8 AM-4 PM
WAW Davao Barkadahan: An Island Getaway
Davao Gulf

9 AM-9 PM
Major city thoroughfares

12 NN-3 PM
Ginoong Kadayawan

2-5 PM
Longest Durian Roll (Bid for Guinness Book of World Records)
Roxas Avenue

7:30 PM
David Pomeranz Concert
NCCC Mall Convention Hall

7:30 PM-2 AM
Major city thoroughfares

7 PM
M.O.R. For Life! Street Party Concert
Bonifacio cor. Legaspi Sts.

Aug. 19-20
9 AM-5:30 PM
Airsoft Games

Aug. 20
8 AM-4 PM
WAW Davao Diving 101

9 AM-12 NN
HALAD (Floral Float Parade)
Major downtown thoroughfares

1:30-5:30 PM
BANDA LANOG (Parade Band Competition)
Major downtown thoroughfares

5:30 PM-12 MN
Rizal Park

Continuing Events:
KAAN DAWET - August 11-20 Roxas St.
TABO - August 01-21 Magsaysay Park

City Tourism Operations Office
Rm 20, 2/F City Hall, Davao City
Tel. Nos. (82)222.1956 /TelFax (82) 222.1957

Kadayawan sa Davao Foundation, Inc.
No. 6 Penaloza Bldg., Villa Abrille St., Davao City
Tel. Nos. (82)224.6319