At the end of the float parade, Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte addressed the audience thankful that the Kadayawan Festival is ending on a peaceful note, after several days of jitters and uncertainties.
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On Sunday’s Pamulak sa Kadayawan Floral Parade, Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte pitched a call to the government to make serious strides in its peace talks with the communist group and Moro separatists.
While onlookers are blocked off San Pedro Street, these women in bags somehow made their way inside the route of the Pamulak sa Kadayawanan. (davaotoday.com photo by Medel V. Hernani)
Sunday’s Pamulak sa Kadayawan Floral Float Parade looked more like a rally with many police flanking the streets to keep off parade watchers from coming near the streets. (davaotoday.com photo by Jandy Ken C. Lizondra)
In spotlighting the celebratory pitch and color of the Kadayawan Festival, let us give honor and deference to the unifying common tongue of all Lumads of Mindanao — the Cebuano language as the Island’s lengua franca. And so, allow me to use this as medium in this special write-up about the legendary Datu Mangulayon, the greatest of all Lumads in this part of the Philippine Islands.
The bright colors, banging of drums, vibrant dances and chants reverberated the streets during the Kadayawan’s Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan (Street Dancing).
Sta. Ana Police Senior Supt. Ceazar Cabuhat estimated the crowd was 33% less than last year’s attendance and attributed the dip to security concerns. Despite this situation, revelry is still up in the air.
This weekend’s Kadayawan parades will have a tense mood rather than a celebratory one.
With security measures in place for the Kadayawan Festival, folks told Davao Today they were split between joining and staying home for the festivities.