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    Posted August 19, 2013 by
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    Kadayawan Festival 2013


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Filipino iReporter rolangarcia captured these images of the colorful Kadayawan Festival in Davao City in the Philippines last week. The event, known as the "King of Festivals" for its grandness, celebrates the harvest. The floats depicting fruits celebrate the bountiful harvests of durians, mangosteens and pomelos Davao enjoys every year.
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    The Kadayawan Festival push through amid the recent threats and bomb attacks that left several people dead in Mindanao.

    Kadayawan Festival is an annual festival in the city of Davao in the Philippines. Its name derives from the friendly greeting "Madayaw", from the Dabawenyo word "dayaw", meaning good, valuable, superior or beautiful. The festival is a celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and serenity of living.

    Highlights of the festival are "Hiyas sa Kadayawan," "Indak-indak sa kadalanan," and "Pamulak sa Davao."

    The "Hiyas sa Kadayawan" is not your usual beauty pageant because it focuses heavily on the cultural uniqueness of the tribe and their knowledge about their tribe's cultural identity.

    The "Indak-indak sa Kadalanan" is a streetdance and showdown competition of choreographed dance and narratives inspired by Mindanao's tradition, legends, myths, and other important cultural events.

    While the "Pamulak sa Davao" showcases different colorful floats made of flowers, vegetables and fruits to give tribute to the abundance of harvest.
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