DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The 37th Kadayawan sa Davao celebration ended with a bang on Sunday, August 21, with all the fancy floral floats and rhythmic drum beating.
Highlighting the bountiful harvest and vast culture of the 11 ethnolinguistic tribes of the city, the Pamulak sa Kadayawan, a floral float competition, returned after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. It was participated by 40 groups across different categories.
Various sizes of colorful floats adorned with different types of flowers, fruits, and vegetables greeted the people who patiently waited at Davao’s main streets as early as 5:00 am. Local and foreign tourists alike took photo opportunities as the floats passed by.
The Best Float for Daku (big) category was awarded to Aeon Towers by Aeon Luxe Properties, Inc. The VXI Global Holding B.V won second place while Philippine Air Asia bagged third place. The OfficePartner360, Inc. and War Audio “The Original” Davao Loudest Sounds received consolation prizes.
The Best Float for Gamay (small) category was awarded to Del Mar Painitan, while the Communities Davao Inc.-Camella Davao and Alorica Teleservice Inc. bagged the second and third place, respectively. Consolation prizes were awarded to Davao City Cooperative Development Council and Skin Perfection Beauty Essentials.
The Tahurog Tribes in Marilog District were hailed the grand champion for the Alternative Float category. The Davao Horse Club and BlackHawk Extreme Riders of Davao Inc. came in second and third place, respectively. Consolation awards were given to Queens Livelihood Program of Davao Assoc. Inc and Gawang Cleo’s Event and Style.
Another competition held last Sunday was the Pitik sa Kadayawan where the Magallanes Elementary School Mugnapak-The Beaters was declared the champion.
The Davao Drumbeater Community came in second place, the Caraga Drumbeaters in third, the Kultura Musika Performing Ensemble Inc. in fourth, and Magdirigma Sta. Ana National High School Drumbeaters in fifth. Consolation prizes were awarded to Music Knight Drumbeaters and Davao Eagles Drumbeaters.
This year’s Department Award was given to the Caraga Drumbeaters. (davaotoday.com)