IN PHOTOS: Street dancing at Kadayawan 2016
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – People not only from Davao but from other parts of the country and even foreigners came to witness “Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan” (street dancing), one of the most anticipated events of the 31st Kadayawan sa Dabaw.
Contingents from various parts of Davao region, and even those from as far as Cotabato, displayed their award-winning choreography – with dancing following the rhythm of their music and sounds, moving together with precise manner, and flashing their colorful costumes and attires – to the amazement of the spectators.
Despite the intense heat, people were already at the stations where the contingents would perform their 5-minute presentation.
As early as 6:30, locals and foreigners were already waiting for the contingents in 3 strategic places: C.M. Recto Street (in-front of Marco Polo Hotel), Bonifacio Street (a few meters away from Apo View Hotel), and Rizal Park in San Pedro Street.
Among the foreigners who came early were from Germany, United States, the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, India, Singapore, China, and Japan. Most of them were first-timers to see the festivities.
“Davao is great,” an American answered when asked by the host about the event. “I am looking forward to see the much-heralded street dancing. Some of my friends who came here before said it is really fascinating to watch.”
Fourteen groups made it to the list but only 12 joined the actual competition.
Here are the winners:
- The James L. Chiongbian National Trade School from Kiamba, Saragani, which joined the competition for the first time, were Grand Champions, getting half million for the feat.
- The Kapatagan National High School from Laak, Compostela Valley settled for second place, with a cash prize of P400,000.
- Third place went to Purok Sison Elementary School of Surallah, South Cotabato, bringing home a cash prize of P300,000.
- Another group from Surallah, the Kalingawan Dance Troupe of Sto. Nino National High School, took 4th place and the cash prize of P200,000.
- A contingent from Davao City – Sta. Ana National High School Performing Arts Guild – got 5th place and the P100,000 cash prize.
The morning was reserved for street dancing while the afternoon was for the actual showdown, where contenders were given 15 minutes to execute their prepared choreographic skills and abilities. It was held at the Rizal Park near the city hall.
Kadayawan – which is derived from the Mandaya word “madayaw,” which means “good, valuable, superior, or beautiful” – showcases the diverse color, culture, and unification of the tribes that inhabit the city.
Today, the festival is known not only in Mindanao but in other parts of the country as well. “As the longest-running community festival in Mindanao, Kadayawan has metamorphosed into a grand celebration that honors Davao’s rich cultural heritage and the many blessings bestowed on the city,” commented the Davao Tourism office.
Congratulations to all the winners! – Rappler.com
Henrylito D. Tacio is an award-winning journalist based in the southern part of the Philippines. He specializes on reporting science, environment, medicine, agriculture, and travel features