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Davao City, Davao del Sur — Get ready to hit the streets in Davao City and join in the fun of Kadayawan Festival! Festival runs between August 10 to 19, 2018.

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Featured photos of Kadayawan Festival by Jovi.

Various tribes and locals from Davao and Mindanao have all gathered here to have one hell of a grand time, complete with ethnic costumes, indigenous music, cultural songs and dances, and of course, food!

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Featured photos of Kadayawan Festival by Jovi.

Davao’s best fruits are displayed and sold at the lowest prices. Marang, durian, mangosteen, rambutan—you name it, Davaoeños got every yummy tropical fruit here in one place.

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Featured photos of Kadayawan Festival by Jovi.

The highlights of the Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival this 2018 include:


• the colorful and lively Kadayawan Grand Opening (August 10);

• the intense watersports competition Kadayawan Dragon Boat Festival (August 11-12);

• the engaging indigenous and Moro games Dula Kadayawan (August 17);

• the floral float parade Pamulak sa Kadayawan (August 19);

• the ethnic-inspired dance parade Indak-Indak sa Kadayawan (August 18), and;

• the grand finale of this week-long event, the vibrant street dancing competition Pitik Kadayawan (August 19).


See the complete list of activities and events below.

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Featured photos of Kadayawan Festival by Jovi.

Held every third week of August, Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival is one of the most celebrated and grandest harvest festivals in the Philippines. Its name derives from the warm and friendly greeting madayaw, which means “good”, “precious”, or “beautiful” in the local language.

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Featured photos of Kadayawan Festival by Jovi.

People of Davao used to gather around Mt. Apo before a god named Manama, to whom they offered farm produce, freshly picked fruits, vegetables, and rice. Over the years, this old tradition has transformed into the mother of all festivals in the region, honoring Davao’s artistic, cultural, and historical heritage. Let’s go to Davao City now and join the party!

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Featured photos of Kadayawan Festival by Jovi.

Du-aw na sa Dabaw! Duyog sa Kadayawan! Maglingaw-lingaw ta!

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Featured photos of Kadayawan Festival by Jovi.

Schedule of Activities

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Kadawan Festival 2018 Schedule of Activities


August 10, 2018, Friday

3pm, Subang Sibugdanan Panagtagbo at Ramon Magsaysay Wharf

4pm, Pag-Abli sa Kadayawan at Kadayawan Circle (Magsaysay Park)

6pm, Hiyas sa Kadayawan Cultural Presentation (Talent Night) at Kadayawan Circle (Magsaysay Park)

6pm, Pananam Food Hall Opening at Kadayawan Circle (Magsaysay Park)

TBA, Kadayawan Village at Kadayawan Circle (Magsaysay Park)

TBA, Kadayawan Farmers Market


August 11, Saturday

5am, Kadayawan Dragon Boat Festival (Day 1) at Sta. Ana Wharf

6pm, Hiyas sa Kadayawan Coronation Night at Rizal Memorial Colleges Gym, Lopez Jaena St.


August 12, Sunday

5am, Kadayawan Dragon Boat Festival (Day 2) at Sta. Ana Wharf

8am, Mugna Kadayawan at People’s Park


August 13, Monday

7pm, Tunog Kadayawan at Matina Town Square


August 14, Tuesday

2pm, Sayaw Kadayawan at SM City Davao


August 15, Wednesday

6pm, Kadayawan Ball at SM Convention Center (SM Lanang Premier)


August 16, Thursday

5pm, Habi Kadayawan at SM Lanang Premier

TBA, Partners Night (Day 1) at Kadayawan Square


August 17, Friday

TBA, Dula Kadayawan (tribal games) at People’s Park

TBA, Partners Night (Day 2) at Kadayawan Square


August 18, Saturday

7am, Indak-Indak sa Kadayawan at Kadayawan Square

7am, Kosplay Kadayawan at Kadayawan Square

TBA, Partners Night (Day 3) at Kadayawan Square


August 19, Sunday

7am, Pamulak sa Kadayawan (floral float parade) at Kadayawan Square

7am, Pitik Kadayawan (street dance competition) at Kadayawan Square

TBA, Partners Night (Day 4) at Kadayawan Square

Things To Do in Davao City

There are a number of things to do in Davao City. Here are its best attractions! Don't miss them while you're here.

D’ Bone Collector Museum

With more than 700 specimens, this museum offers a guided tour of one of the largest collections of animal skeletons, fossils, and artifacts in the Philippines. Entrance fee is P100 per person. It’s near the Mosque and Jesus Saves Baptist Church in San Pedro, Brgy. Bucana.

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Photo by Nognog in the City.

Museo Dabawenyo

This government-run museum features paintings and artifacts about the culture and history of Davao. These include the region’s indigenous peoples the Lumads, Davao’s local hero Datu Bago, and the city’s most known political icon Rodrigo Duterte. Entrance is free of charge. Just take a tricycle to A. Pichon cor. C.M. Recto Streets.

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Photo from Choose Philippines.

Philippine Eagle Center

Managed by the Philippine Eagle Foundation, this is the breeding facility of the Philippines’ mightiest bird, the endangered Philippine monkey-eating eagle. The facility also features other animals such as a 1,000kg crocodile, wild boars, and civet cats. Entrance fee is P50 per person. To get here, just take a bus marked Calinan at the Annil Terminal along Quirino corner San Pedro Extension. Travel time is 1 to 1.5 hours, with a fare of P30 per person.

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Photo from TripAdvisor.

Crocodile Park

This park is home to the Philippines’ largest crocodile in captivity, the 18-feet saltwater crocodile named Pangil. The park converves crocodiles along with other animals such as ostriches, orangutans, and bearcats. Entrance fee is P250 per person. Just take a tricycle to Riverfront, Corporate City, Diversion Highway.

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Photo from Crocodile Park.

Mt. Apo

At 2,954 meters above sea level, Mt. Apo is the Philippines' highest mountain. Scaling this dormant volcano takes about three days, featuring river crossings, hot springs, mossy forests, placid crater lakes, and smoking, glowing sulfur vents. Fees to climb this mountain can run between P1,000 to P4,000 per person depending on the season and the trail.

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Photo from Jun Veloira.

Eden Nature Park

This nature park and resort offers a number of activities and interesting sites to see, including a deer park, bird walk, lola’s garden, and Tinubdan cultural park. Day trips are at P600, buffet lunch included. You can also stay here for P4,350 per night, good for four. Book here.

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Photo from Eden Nature Park. Book here.

Where to Stay in Davao City

At Explora, you can find the best places to stay wherever you are in the Philippines. Booking is easy, fast, and secure, with multiple payment options!

Seda Abreeza

Strategically located in Davao  City, this hotel is a great choice for all types of travelers seeking comfortable accommodations. It has clean interiors, quality facilities, and amenities that guarantee a memorable stay. Book here.

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A deluxe room in Seda Abreeza. Book here.

The Apo View Hotel

Davao's oldest accommodation, this newly renovated hotel has infused a new design and concept of a modern yet luxurious feel. Amenities include a swimming pool, a cafe, and a 24-hour in-room dining. Book here.

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The Apo View Hotel. Book here.

Marco Polo Davao

This spacious 5-star hotel is situated at the heart of Davao's shopping and business district, with 245 elegant guest rooms and suites. Amenities include a gym, car rental services, swimming pool, and massage and spa. Book here.

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Marco Polo in Davao City. Book here.

Park Inn by Radisson

Located only 15 minutes from the airport and the center of Davao City, the Park Inn by Radisson Davao makes the perfect home base for one's vacation. Park Inn is conveniently connected to both the SM Lanang Premier Mall and the SMX Convention Center via a bridge, and it offers stunning panoramas of islands and highlands. Book here.

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Park Inn by Radisson. Book here.

How to get to Davao City, Davao del Sur

From Manila or Cebu, the fastest way to get to Davao City is by plane. Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and Air Asia have daily flights to Davao. Once at Davao International Airport, you can simply take a tricycle, multicab, or taxi to get to your hotel. From Manila, a longer and yet more scenic travel is by bus. Just go to Pasay and board a Philtranco bus marked Davao City. The bus will pass through Bicol and down to Leyte, where it will board a ferry and pass by Visayas islands to Davao. This takes 3 days.


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