Aug 27, 2011 - Festivals    No Comments

4 Things You Should Not Miss During Kadayawan Festival in Davao

Planning to visit Davao? Then there is no better time than to go during the Kadayawan Festival.
Davao is known for a lot of things, which include the infamous Kadayawan celebration. Kadayawan Festival in Davao started as a means for the people of Davao to show appreciation for the abundance of life and resources. Kadayawan is derived from the word “dayaw”, which mean beautiful, valuable, good or superior. During this festive celebration, numerous activities are being conducted by the City government. With this, the kadayawan season is the best time for visitors to experience the unique culture and tradition of Davao City. Nonetheless, before booking your ticket going to Davao, one must come up with a list of activities that they can do upon reaching the airport. By planning ahead of time, one can get the most out of your Kadayawan experience in Davao.

Kadayawan Festival

Kadayawan Festival in Davao—Photo courtesy of Ange Bersabal on Flickr

1. Visit the Davao Museum
Upon arriving at the Davao City airport and having a day rest, one could now proceed with exploring and experiencing the Kadayawan Festival in Davao. For first time visitors, it is important that one must first know the culture and history of Davao City. And there’s no way to know Davao than to visit the Davao City Museum. Davao City Museum is located at Magallanes Street near the City hall office. The Davao City Museum holds a wide collection of artifacts and antiques that have been a part of the city history. Entrance to the said Museum is free of any charges.

Museo Dabawenyo

Museo Dabawenyo—Photo courtesy of

2. Explore the busy street of Davao City
Aside from visiting the Davao Museum, people could also explore the busy streets of Davao City. These said streets can be jam-packed with people during the Kadayawan Festival in Davao. People could try walking thru the San Pedro Street which is found at the center of the city. San Pedro Street hosts a lot of unique stores with affordable bargains. There are also throngs of street food carts seen among the corner which you could try eating at. On the other hand, people could go also explore Uyanguren Street, which is considered as the Chinatown of Davao City. Going to a certain street to another would only need one jeep ride that costs around PHP 8.

3. Feast your eyes with the beautiful flower float parade
Considered to be the highlight of the whole Kadayawan Festival in Davao, the floral float parade is usually conducted during the end of the week-long celebration. Be amazed with the numerous floral float entries adored with different kinds of flora that can be found in Davao city. When planning to witness this astounding event, people must go the venue ahead of schedule. This is important in order for one to be able to find the right place wherein you can take pictures of the whole event.

4. Have a taste of the famous Durian
Never leave Davao until you taste the infamous Durian fruit. Your whole Kadayawan Festival in Davao will not be complete if you will not be able to have a taste of Durian. Durian is a tropical fruit abundant in the soil of Davao City. Though it may have a foul smell that most people fear, durian is known for its rich and milky taste. If you want to taste this delicious fruit, one could go to various durian stalls situated outside Magsaysay Park. However, if tasting the fruit itself is not your thing, then you could also try eating cakes and drinks made with Durian. These treats are available in different cafes and bakeshops throughout Davao City.

Indeed, there are endless activities you can explore and experience during the Kadayawan Festival in Davao City. All it takes is some guts and energy in order to enjoy every single moment of it.

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