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Friday, August 12, 2011

Kadayawan Things to Do

I gathered up all the hottest events to give you a shortlist of the things to hit during Kadayawan. You may use this list to immerse yourself in the festivities or as a itinerary if you plan to tour friends visiting from other cities to experience Kadayawan.

  1. The Kadayawan sa Dabaw Opening is happening on August 15, 2011, 4 PM, at People’s Park. Drop by for a refresher course about Kadayawan and discover how it came to be, what it’s all about, and what else to expect for this year’s festivities. Also expect cultural performances.
  2. Hudyakaan sa Kadayawan is also happening from the 15th until the 22nd along the stretch of Roxas Avenue from starting 5 PM. Hudyakaan sa Kadayawan is the Dabawenyo version of a street party. So if you want to dance in the streets while enjoying good music and imbibing the vibe of the ordinary Dabawenyo “masses”, this is the place to be. Plus, it is bound to be a lot of fun for tourists.
  3. Hab-hab sa Chinatown is happening from August 16 until September 22 at the Sta. Ana Wharf. This event is basically a food fest so expect a whole line of booths that sell every gustatory treat you can imagine! This is the perfect Kadayawan destination for foodies ad tourists in search of edible “pasalubong” items.
  4. For the photography enthusiast, the Mindanow Photo Congress is happening from August 19 to 21 at the NCCC Mall Kadayawan Hall during mall hours.
  5. If you are craving for a night of glitz, glamour, song, dance, and comedy, you might want to check out Follies de Mwah. This live show is based on Vegas style show-girl revues featuring some of the best performers from the capital city. This is happening on August 19, 8:30 PM at the CAP Auditiorium.
  6. For a chillaxed time by the beach, you can hit the first Jazz Festival in Davao, happening on August 20-211 from 8:00 to 6:00 in the evening at Bogser’s by the sea, Seafood Restaurant and Tiki Bar at Times Beach.
  7. For boozing with style while keeping well withing budget, you could hit Marco Polo Davao’s Eagles Bar and avail of their bottomless cocktails from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM for only 150 bucks. You could also enjoy the music of one of the best local DJ’s—Gary during Fridays and Saturdays.
  8. For fashion finds, gastronomic treats, pasalubong items, little nothings, and a whole lot more, you may check out the Kadayawan Bazaar at the Davao Convention Center from August 18 to 21.
  9. If the taste of old-school partying is what you lust for, hit Route 88 on August 20 along Roxas Avenue for the “Best of the 90s” Dance Party. On the deck wil be DJ Ritchie Ritch and DJ Maxxey Perez from Club Vudu, Cebu (who happens to be a Davaoeno!)
  10. If you are into clubbing and video-mixing, you may check out the Sonique Rush Party Series at Hybrid from August 15 to 21. The party starts at eight in the evening and will feature resident DJs from Starr as well as Video-DJ Chrismyk from Manila. Chrismyk has played in Republiq, Manor, and Hacianda.
  11. For clubbing in high-style, you may also check out Starr’s Kadayawan Party which still remains top-secret as of press time. However, expect the party to be crazy, posh, and wild as most of Starr’s events are.

Kadayawan Events

Kadayawan is a festival that every Dabawenyo holds close to his or her heart. Thus, when a change happens without prior knowledge from the lot of us, a little stir is expected to take place. Such is the case with the new Kadayawan logo and tagline. If you don’t already know, thereis now a new logo which is a lot less festive than the previous (in this columnist’s opinion), and they switched the tagline from “The Festival of Festivals” to “The King of Festivals”. Unfortunately, this piece of information was not disseminated earlier, thus several malls and hotels around the city still use the old tagline. Again, I do not agree with the switch (especially with the logo) but I am not one to complain. I am sure these changes were made based on some sort of study. More importantly, I think that the festival is more about the festivities, the culture, the experience, and the vibe, and less about the logo or tagline.

Now, here is the thing. A lot of locals complain saying that there aren’t many activities during Kadayawan. And although this is a legiotimate complaint, it is also one that is unfounded…or one that is based on pure opinion. Why? Because there are a lot of events. You just need to update yourself. And maybe this is one of the biggest challenges for the local government, or the handlers of the event. They must find away to promote all Kadayawan events, whether spearheaded by the government or by private sectors, to inform people about what they can do or which activities they may participate in during the “King of Festivals”.

But the fault is not only with them. The truth is, if you truly want to immerse yourself in the whole Kadayawan experience, you will look for events and things to do during Kadayawan. In fact, there is already a list of things you’ve missed last week including bazaars, concerts, tattoo competitions and exhibits, plant bazaars and exhibits, a fun run, cycling event, motocross event, among others. The good news is, I love you guys and wouldn’t want you to waste any more precious time just looking for events (instead of actually being there), so I gathered up all the events I could and made this list (or copied it from an office memo). So here are the things you can look forward to this week and the rest of the season:

Agro-Industrial Trade, Aug. 1-31, 2011. Mall Hours (Fair & Exhibit), SM City Grounds

Kadayawan T-shirt Design Competition, Aug. 1-21, 2011, Mall Hours, SM City Davao Mall Area

Hulagway sa Kaliwatan, Aug. 15, 2011, 9:00 AM – Onwards, Visual Arts Competition, Museo Dabawenyo

Kadayawan Hall Grand Opening, Aug. 15, 2011, 10:00 AM -12 NN, NCCC Promenade 2

Flora Mindanaw: Dish Garden Competition, Aug. 15-21, 2011, Mall Hours, SM City Davao

Indigenous Village Photo Booth, Aug. 15-21, 2011 Mall Hours, SM City Davao Event Center

Trajes de Boda Los Hijos de Davao, Aug. 15-21, 2011 Mall Hours, SM City Davao Event Center

Fruit and Floral Fair, Aug. 15-21, 2011, Mall Hours, NCCC Promenade 2

Kadayawan Fiesta Sale, Aug. 15-21, 2011, Mall Hours, NCCC Mall Davao

Kalumon Ethnic Band Performance, Aug. 15-16, 2011, 1:00 PM, NCCC Promenade 2

26th Kadayawan sa Dabaw Opening, Aug. 15, 2011, 4:00 PM, People’s Park

Agro-Industrial Trade Fair & Exhibit Opnening, Aug. 15, 2011, 4:00 PM, SM City Grounds

Hudyakaan sa Kadayawan, Aug. 15-22 2011, 5:00 PM, Roxas Avenue

Meet Iggy The Eagle and Dory The Durian, Aug. 15, 2011, 5:00 PM, NCCC Promenade 2

Lumadnong Gama, Aug. 16-21, 2011, 9:00 AM – Onwards, People’s Park

Sayaw Mindanaw, Prelim: Aug. 16-17 at 10:00 AM, Finals: Aug. 18- at 6:00 PM, SM City Davao Event Center

The Mannequins Got Talent Showdown, Aug. 16, 2011, 5:00 PM, NCCC Activity Center

Hiyas sa Kadayawan Talent Night, Aug. 16, 2011, 6:00 PM, Abreeza Mall

Open Bowling Tournament 2011, Aug. 16, 2011, 7:00 PM, Fair Lanes Bowling Center

Hab Hab sa Chinatown, Aug. 16-Sept 12, 2011, Sta. Ana Wharf

Hulagway sa Kaliwatan Visual Arts Competition, Aug. 17 , 2011, 9:00 AM – Onwards, Museo Dabawenyo

Magallanes Dance Troupe Peformances, Aug. 17, 2011 1:00 PM, NCCC Promenade 2

Taligsik Band Performances, Aug. 17, 2011, 5:00 PM, NCCC Activity Center

Hiyas sa Kadayawan Grand Coronation Night, Aug. 17, 2011, 6:00 PM, Davao City Recreation Center

7th Mindanao Statistics Congress, Aug. 18-19, 2011, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, UM Auditorium, UM Matina Campus

History Quiz, Aug. 18, 2011, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Davao City Library, 3rd Flr. Sangguniang Panlungsod Bldg.

Panagtagbo / Lumadnong Bantawan, , Aug. 18, 2011, 3:00 PM – Onwards, People’s Park & Rizal Park

Open Cheering Competition Screening, Aug. 18, 2011 4:00 PM, NCCC Activity Center

Open Bowling Tournament 2011, Aug. 18 -19, 2011, 7:00 PM, Fair Lanes Bowling Center

Davao Investment Conference (Davao iCon), Aug. 19 – 20, 2011 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Marco Polo Grand Ballroom

Skycable Event, Aug. 19, 2011, Mall Hours, NCCC Activity Center

Hulagway sa Kaliwatan Visual Arts Competition, Aug. 19, 2011, 9:00 AM – Onwards, Museo Dabawenyo

2nd Mayor Inday Sara Cup Level 3 Pistol Shooting Competition, Aug. 19-21, 2011 9:00 AM, Team Davao Shooting Range , Diversion Road, Maa

Mindanow Photo Congress, NCCC Kadayawan Hall, Aug. 19-21, 2011, Mall Hours

Kalumon Ethnic Band Performance,Aug. 19, 2011,1:00 PM,NCCC Promenade 2

NCCC Mannequin Mallwide Display,Aug. 19-21, 2011 2:00 PM,NCCC Promenade 2

IP dances and IP songs presentations, Aug. 19, 2011, 4:00 PM – Onwards, Tribu K’Mindanawan, Cultural Village, Crocodile Park

Kapuso Mall Show, Aug. 19, 2011, 4:00 PM, SM City Davao Event Center

Kadayawan Sensations (Day1), Aug. 19, 2011, 5:00 PM, NCCC Activity Center

Pahalipay ni Mayor ug Vice Mayor 1, Aug. 19, 2011, 6:00 PM, Rizal St.

Broadway Theatrical Show “Follies de Mwah”, Aug. 19, 2011, 8:30 PM, CAP Auditorium

1st Kadayawan T’ai Chi for a Cause, Aug. 20, 2011, 6:00 AM – 8:00 AM, Rizal Park, San Pedro Street

Bancarera 2011, Aug. 20, 2011, 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Sta. Ana Wharf/Beach, Sta. Ana 27-C, Davao City

Davao 1st Jazz Festival, Aug. 20-21, 2011, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Bogser’s by the Sea Seafood Restaurant & Tiki
Bar, Times Beach

Medical Mission by Opulence Wellness, Aug. 20, 2011 9:00 AM – 4:00PM, People’s Park,

Healthcare on the Road, Aug. 20-21, 2011, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Palma Gil St.

Indak Indak sa Kadalanan, Aug. 20, 2011, 12:00 NN, Magsaysay Ave. (cor. Guerrero) to Rizal Park

NCCC Supermarket Bingo, Aug. 20, 2011, 1:00 PM, NCCC Activity Center

Kapamilya Caravan, Aug. 20, 2011 4:00 PM, SM City Davao, Event Center

Davao’s Finest feat. Davao’s Best Talents, Aug. 20, 2011, , 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, People’s Park

Tunog Mindanaw, Aug. 20, 2011, 6:00 PM, Abreeza Mall

Mascot and Mannequin Parade with the Open Cheering Competition, Aug. 20, 2011, 6:00 PM, NCCC Mall Area and Activity Center

Open Cheering Competition Finals, Aug. 20, 2011, 7:00 PM, NCCC Activity Center

Phoenix Run Series: Kadayawan Festival Leg, Aug. 21, 2011, 4:00 AM, SM Open Parking B

Classic and Sports Car Joyride 2011, Aug. 21, 2011, 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM, Around the City

Pamulak Kadayawan, Aug. 21, 2011, 8:00 AM, Magsaysay Ave. to Rizal Park

Ginoong Kadayawan, Aug. 21, 2011, 1:00 PM, NCCC Activity Center

Universal Reality Combat Championship, Aug. 21, 2011, 6:00 PM, Garden Oases Convention Center

Moda Mindanaw Finals Night, Aug. 21, 2011, SM City Davao Event Center

Pahalipay ni Mayor ug Vice Mayor 2, Aug. 21, 2011, 6:00 PM, Rizal Park

Kapuso Mall Show, Aug. 21, 2011, Atrium, Gaisano Mall of Davao

Mr. Handsome Davao2011, Aug. 28, 2011, 7:00 – 10:00 PM, Davao City Recreation Center