LIFE IS HERE | Mayor Inday: Celebrate Kadayawan amid challenges in Mindanao
Mayor Inday Sara Duterte on Monday asked Dabawenyos to celebrate Kadayawan 2017 despite the tension gripping many parts of Mindanao due to the ongoing crisis in Marawi City.
“We will not allow fear to cripple us, nor will we allow those who intend to put us down keep us from celebrating life and giving thanks for all the blessings Davao has been given,” Mayor Inday said at the launch of the 32nd Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival.
She said Dabawenyos should continue taking part in the activities lined up during the weeklong spectacle from August 14 to 25, and also invited other Filipinos and foreign visitors to come to Davao and experience a Kadayawan Festival like never before.
“Allow us to amaze you with a fiesta of colors and cultures, of gastronomic delights and pulsating music and dance. Allow us to showcase the best of Davao, and the best of the Dabawenyo,” Mayor Inday said.
“Life is Here in Davao City, and now more than ever, we are committed to the embodiment of this maxim,” the mayor said.
The major Kadayawan events include the Pag-abli sa Kadayawan (Festival grand opening), Kadayawan Village and the Bantawan-Cultural Show, Habi Kadayawan, Subang Sinugdanan ug Panagtagbo, Dula Kadayawan, Hiyas sa Kadayawan, Kaondayawan, Mugna Kadayawan, Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan, Tunog Kadayawan, Sayaw Kadayawan, Pamulak sa Kadayawan and Pitik Kadayawan.
The Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival also celebrates the harmony of the 11 indigenous and Muslim tribes in Davao City.
Mayor Inday said the festival is not only a recognition of the indigenous tribes of the city but also an opportunity to transcend boundaries and show the world that Dabawenyos are one diverse community working in unity towards peace, inclusive growth, and environmental and cultural preservation.
The 32nd Kadayawan sa Davao was launched earlier this year. On Monday, the city government also launched the official Kadayawan logo that embodies this year’s theme, “Stand tall, United, and Resilient.”
Festival Director Gatchi Gatchalian said that they really planed to make the launching earlier to remind the people that Kadayawan will be pushed through despite the declaration that Mindanao is under the state of Martial Law.
“We really want to launch the event early, in fact, we want it to be earlier. Nonetheless, the early launching is for our media partners who will help us in promoting and constantly reminding the people that the 32nd Kadayawan will be pushed through,” he said.
Davao City Chamber of Commerce Industry Inc., (DCCCII) President Ronald Go said that he would like all Dabawenyos to help the government in promoting the kadayawan festival even with the presence of Martial Law.
“We want other people to know that we believe in our city,” Go said in his speech.
For her part, Gene Rose Tecson, the City tourism officer said that they have also invited foreign government, through their embassies, to join the city during the celebration and probably showcase their own culture as well to show that the city has a diverse culture of local and foreign people. CIO