Davao is Colorful with Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan #Kadayawan2015 #KadayawansaDabaw2015 #K15 #DavaoLifeisHere

What a wonderful way to kick off August, a celebration with PRIDE, LOVE and UNITY among the Dabawenyos and the Lumads of Mindanao. A celebration of LIFE and POSSIBILITY!

Kadayawan Festival is an annual event here in Davao City, happened during the 3rd week of August. It is a celebration of GOOD HARVEST and a celebration of LIFE.

The name "Kadayawan' derives from a friendly greeting "MADAYAW' means "DAYAW" from a Dabawenyo dialect --- that is GOOD, VALUABLE, SUPERIOR or BEAUTIFUL.

Our Lumads celebrate it's thanksgiving in a way of a dance. By the so-called rituals, they give their thanks to their god for a wonderful blessings they have received. These implies how they treasure their traditions by their cultural and historical heritage from generation to generation.

The Dance is very important to the Mindanaoan Lumads, that is why the INDAK-INDAK sa KADALANAN was created to showcase Mindanao's talent from different town contingents, which comes from different provinces and cities of Mindanao.


With the drum beats, agong and kulintang filled the street loud and fast, the splash of colorful costumes and rantings of folk rhythms echoing the city street --- the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan or street dancing is finally OPEN!

This is my first time to cover as one of the participating Bloggers in this event. After applying for a registration from our City Information Office, I got my ID and I'm ready to get in and take pictures.

The Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan serves as a great reminder to all people of Mindanao and to the whole world that when we talk about gatherings and festivity it talks about UNITY among people and the RESPECT for different religious and cultural backgrounds.

Here are the 15 different contingents who compete and showcase the best of Mindanaoan's through a lively and noisy festivities engaging with the harmony of dance, music and thanksgiving.

1. MUNICIPALITY OF BAGANGA, Davao Oriental (4th Runner-up) PHp50,000

2.  KAPITAN TOMAS MONTEVERDE  Sr., Central Elem. School - CULTURE & ARTS Dance Troupe, Davao City

3. TINGAGUN DANCE TROUPE - Malabang, Lanao del Sur

4. POLOMOLOK PERFORMING ARTS GUILD, South Cotabato (3rd Runner-up) PHp100,000+PHp50,000 for winning the BEST in MUSICALITY AWARD.

5. TRIBUNG GRANDEHANON from  Catalunan Grande, Davao City

6. STO. NIñO NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL - Kalingawan Dance Troupe,  Sto. Niño South Cotabato (1st Runner-up) PHp400,000.

7. DAWAN NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL - Mati City, Davao Oriental (2nd Runner-up) PHp300,000.

They will represent the city for the Aliwan Festival to be held in Manila.

8. OPTACIANO HILAY NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL - Manambulan, Tugbok, Davao City


10. SAN LUIS NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL - Caraga, Davao Oriental

11. GOVERNOR GENEROSO, Davao Oriental

12. STA. ANA NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL - Performing Arts Guild, Davao City


14. TRIBU MAPAWA, Maragusan, Compostela Valley

15. CABANTIAN NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL, Davao City (GRAND CHAMPION) PHp500,000 cash prize+PHp12,000 worth of fuel certificate sponsored by Phoenex and 100 pieces of shirts from Air Asia.

Their presentation is taken from the story of B'laan tribes, where one will mistakenly offended the spirits of a giant tree.

Congrats to all contingents and see you next year, don't forget to SAVE the date for KADAYAWAN 2016,  August 15-21.

Grand Prize Winner: Cabantian National High School, Indak Indak sa Kadalanan 2015
Posted by Mary Joselle Dilig Villafuerte on Saturday, August 22, 2015


  1. I've always admired the people who are dedicated to making this festival successful. I haven't attended it in person, I wish to.

  2. I've never heard of this Festival before, but Indak-indak gave me a clear idea of what to expect which is a lot of dancing hehe. What a colorful and lively event it is. Mapapasayaw siguro ako if I were there to watch the festivities on the streets of Davao.

  3. These are very beautiful shots. It's great that you were able to capture a lot of the colors and excitement of the Kadayawan festival! It reminds me of our native Dinagyang festival in iloilo!

  4. Wow, it's so great that bloggers are now welcome to take pictures and cover the event. For sure, this will make a great contribution to boost tourism in Davao.

  5. One of my dreams to be able to attend a festival like this in the Philippines someday. Unfortunately all festival days are school days for me :(

  6. So colorful. It reminds me the Thaipussam festival my country had. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Active and vibrant event! It reminds me of Singapore's Chingay and also our National University's Rag day when they compete with a theme, song and dance and a beautiful float made with common things people trash. Congrats to all the teams who won!!
    - Pingerrain

  8. Wow, that ALOT of photos. I love the event because of it's colours (I guess it's the same for you too!)
    The performers put in alot of effort in all these events but they are often under-appreciated...

  9. That's a really colorful Kadayawan festival again. It just gets more festive and more colorful each year.

  10. Your post is colourful as it reminds me of festivals in india too. All the people love to dress up and make the festival so colourful and full of festive spirit.

  11. never heard of this festival before, but it sure looks fun! all those colourful costumes just bring a smile to my face! i'm sure it'll be even better watching the performances!

  12. Very vibrant colors in the costumes. I really like to watch festivals like this, but going there could be a problem because there are so many people going. Even festivals in Manila are difficult to go to because of the crowds.

  13. I've heard about that festival, and though I haven't attended it myself, I just know that it's a fun celebration. Just by looking at the pictures, I can confirm it as well.

  14. So colorful and fun! Definitely looks like a celebration I would enjoy, as I LOVE to dance. How great that you got the opportunity to cover it as a blogger!

  15. OMG the Kadayawan Festival is so colourful and vibrant. Everything is so live and happy. I wish that next year mid august i can go to mindanao for the festival.

  16. I haven't been to this celebration in Davao. Hopefully, I'll be able to join in the future celebrations. The photos tell me a lot that you weren't able to describe!

  17. Festivals such as this makes me proud to be a Filipino. Love the Sinulog festival here in Cebu but will surely want to experience the beat of Davao.

  18. Haven't been to Davao but still hoping that one day, i'll be able to visit the place and watch them perform live. Their costumes looks very vibrant and colorful. It looks absolutely entertaining :)

  19. Very vibrant and beautiful colours ! the festival must've been awesome to be a part of

  20. Such a colorful festival. Live performances such as they are always very fun to watch.

  21. What a colourful festival! I would love to visit. Timing a trip at the time f the event would seem the smart to do to