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Honesto III Avellanosa


Happy Kadayawan 2010

I'm two days late from the start of the Kadayawan Festivalcelebration. It started the other day until on the 22nd, Sunday. Unfortunately, time didn't permit me to go back to my hometown. But anyway, I can still witness the festival through live video streaming and website updates here on the Net. So to contribute some updates I might as well give you some information about this great annual festival in Davao.

Kadayawan is derived from the word Madayaw, which means in Davaoeno, something good, right, positive, productive, beautiful, great, or awesome--in layman's term. So if Madayaw is an adjective, Kadayawan is a noun, as in goodness or righteousness.

Kadayawan began in 1986 with a different name: Apo Duwaling. It was a part of the government's initiative to unite all Davaoenos and to declare Davao as the most peaceful and most liveable city in the country. This was after the EDSA Revolution in 1986.

"Apo Duwaling" was once a festival of flowers, fruits, and people dancing on the streets. "Apo" is named after the highest peak in the Philippines which is the Mt. Apo. Duwaling is a shortcut for "Du" as in Durian, a delectable fruit abundant in Davao, and "Waling" asWaling-Waling, Davao's proud flower. That is why it was called Apo Duwaling.
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It was in 1988 when Mayor Rodrigo Duterte changed the name from "Apo Duwaling" to "Kadayawan sa Dabaw." Up until now, the same festival of flowers and fruits parade and street dancing called "Indak Indak sa Kadalanan" are still practiced yearly. Now, theKadayawan Festival 2010 is called as K10, short for Kadayawan 2010.

For more info, events, and daily activities on this Kadayawan week, just click one of the links below:

Happy Kadayawan Festival to all Davaoenos! Kamadayaway Kadi! ;-)
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