I was fortunate to be assigned in Davao City this month, just in time for the 2016 Kadayawan Festival. The feast is held annually to celebrate life, nature and abundant harvest. The festival derived its name from the local dialect "madayaw" which means "precious" or "valuable". Among the festivity's highlight is the "Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan" or Street Dancing Competition, which I witnessed first hand last Saturday, the 20th of August 2016.
We stayed in a budget hotel along C.M. Rector Street (formerly Claveria). Our location gave us strategic access to the competition since it is part of the street dancing route. It was my first time to witness Kadayawan and I was amazed with the participants precise dance steps following the lively rhythm and beats and their colorful costumes, accessories and props.
12 groups coming from various parts of Davao Region, Compostela Valley, Sarangani and Cotabato joined the event.
The James L. Chiongbian National Trade School from Kiamba Sarangani was crowned Grand Champion and took home the cash prize of Php 500,000.00.
More photos of the 2016 Kadayawan Festival "Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan" can be found on Suroy Pilipinas Facebook Page.
All photos are taken with Canon IXUS 175 point-and-shoot.