Archive for August, 2008

Davao circa 1980s

Stella A. Estremera I HATE Kadayawan. Not that kind of hate. I hate it because there’s just too many visitors and too many activities, I don’t get to do what I really want to. Like it was only until the 10th year when I finally got to watch a floral float parade and that was […]

Between gunbattles and a festival

Stella A. Estremera Spider’s web KADAYAWAN week is always hectic, and it’s not even a happy hectic. It’s hair-pulling hectic, and has been like that since Kadayawan came to be… a lifetime ago. Thus, as the week crescendos to a close, I always harbor that wish to be the visitor and not the visited, if […]

Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan a success

Grace L. Plata THE morning presentation of the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan commenced without a hitch. According to Indak-Indak chair Edgar Ibuyan, everything has been going according to schedule and they have not encountered any problems. (more) A young foreigner gets a crash course on K’lagan’s traditional dance during the latter’s presentation at Rizal Park Friday. […]

Sun-up till sundown street dancing

FROM sun-up until evening Saturday, there will be dancing in the streets of Davao City as the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan, one of the Kadayawan’s main highlights will begin at 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. All groups will give a two-minute presentation in the morning along Roxas Avenue while Davao-based and indigenous peoples’ groups will have […]

Hot, humid on Kayadawan’s culmination

IT WILL be a hot and humid day during the two-day culmination of the 23rd Kadayawan Festival as temperature is expected to rise as high as 34 degrees Celsius over the weekend. No weather disturbance, however, is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility in the next couple of days. Get updates and join […]

K’lagan gem shines

By Grace L. Plata SHE describes herself as easygoing and fun-loving. Julfa Joven, the 2008 Hiyas sa Kadayawan, is just like any other 20-year-old girl except that she strictly adheres to the tenets of the Islamic faith, which means, fun is just plain fun. Joven can be viewed as a contradiction of sorts. While she […]

Their first

Stella A. Estremera THIS year, seemingly best-timed at that, one tribe joins the nine other tribes long recognized by the city as among its indigenous peoples — the Matigsalogs. This was to be their first-ever participation in Kadayawan as a tribe, because it was only last year on May 9, when City Mayor Rodrigo R. […]

Rooted in nature

Stella A. Estremera TO us, who can barely understand a single word spoken by the peopole from indigenous tribes, their chants and songs are nothing but intelligible gibbers. Our loss, in fact. In those that we brush off as gibberish are actually folklores and epics of a much greater extent than that which we have […]

Still in the margins

Rhodamae M. Hernandez THE word lumad referring to indigenous people is very Mindanao. Rather, it’s more often spoken in Mindanao when referring to indigenouse tribe, being a Cebuano word that means “native” or “indigenous”, more often the Cebuanos would use the word to refer to where they came from, as in “lumad ko sa…” As […]

The celebration continues….

Nelson C. Bagaforo DABAWENYOS are celebrating the week-long Kadayawan sa Dabaw 2008, touted as the Festival of Festivals, with all activities giving focus on the life and culture of indigenous peoples who have made Davao as their homeland. With the theme: “Musanay Lumadnong Kagikan, Yutang Kabilin Panalipdan!” (Flourishing Indigenous Heritage, Protecting Ancestral Nations), this year’s […]

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