Month: August 2011

Abreeza shines in Kadayawan’s Pamulak Float Parade

Abreeza shines in Pamulak Float Parade Text and photos by Jojie Alcantara, published in SunStar Davao Aug. 25 Around 115 contingents participated in what was touted to be the biggest number of delegates who joined the 26th Kadayawan sa Dabaw’s most festive Pamulak or Floral Float Parade. Uniquely designed floats of various shapes and sizes showcasing the abundant vegetation of Davao Region snaked their way along the assigned routes where a huge crowd is scattered from as far as the starting point in Magsaysay Avenue. With the biggest win, Abreeza’s first experience with the floral float competition earned it a deserving championship with a whooping P500,000 in cash prize for the Open or Big Category. Abreeza’s float was explained as thus: “Like a breath of fresh air, Abreeza Mall epitomizes the Davaoeno’s culture and lifestyle. It’s free-spirited, child-like icon depicts a celebration of life, together with the children happily running and joined together by the festive flaglets. The wealth of culture is shown with representation of the different tribes in their ethnic attire and musical …

Mindanaons flock to Davao’s Kadayawan

Mindanaons flock to Davao’s Kadayawan By Carmelle Marie Harrow and Ivy C. Tejano, Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 21, 2011 DAVAO CITY – More or less 6,000 people coming from various towns and cities of Mindanao and tourists flocked to Davao City Saturday to witness the Indak-indak sa Kadalanan, a street dance competition. Police said all sides of the city streets were filled with people to witness and cheer their favored contingents joining the Indak-indak sa Kadalanan competition. At least 23 contingents in the Indak-indak sa Kadalanan performed in front of the judges, Dabawenyos Local and foreign guests were very pleased to have witnessed such a festive way of showing indigenous traditions through dances. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte officially opened the competition by welcoming all Dabawenyos and visitors who came to witness the event. She was joined by Senator Chiz Escudero, former senator Miguel Zubiri, and city councilors and officials. “Paganda ng paganda ang Kadayawan festival bawat taon at parami ng parami ang bumibisita upang saksihan ang iba’t ibang mga celebrasyon …

Indak Indak sa Kadalanan (Streetdancing Competition) Aug. 20, 2011

Scenes from Indak Indak sa Kadalanan (Streetdancing Competition) Kadayawan 2011 In between my hosting for Sky Channel 28, here are a few shots I was able to take. This time, the Indak Indak judging area has a new “arena” for everyone to watch the performance. New bleachers, new risers, new stage. Kadayawan Committee wishes to acknowledge the following judges for this year’s festival: Showdown Judges 1) Dr. Larry Gabao – Vice head, National Committee On Dance of NCCA; President – Philippine Folk Dance Society 2) Ms. Marichu Tellano – Chief, Project management Division of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) 3) Ms. Josefina Guillen – Director for Dance, Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) 4) Mr. Franco Velar – Treasurer, Philippine Folk Dance Society 5) Mr. Rodel Fronda – Executive Committee Member, NCCA Street Judges 1) Mr. Victor Cuenco – Event organizer, Sinulog, Cebu City 2) Ms. Ma. Lester Ybañez – Event organizer, Pasigarbo sa Sugbu, Cebu City 3) Mr. Lino Yamot – Member, PFDS; Event organizer, Cagayan de Oro City   …

Kadayawan in Cebu Daily News

Cebu Daily News features an 8-page Kadayawan Weekend Special supplement today, August 19, 2011. Copies are available in the Inquirer Office of Davao. It will be distributed in hotels, schools, offices, and coffee shops for free.  Article and photos by me and  Rhonson Ng (including cover photo), and notes by Leslee Morales. Happy Kadayawan, Dabawenyos! (Daghang salamat, Leslee Morales for my personal copies) Pahabol: 1,000 copies will also be distributed tomorrow at Rizal Park for the Indak-Indak and on Sunday for the Pamulak Float Parade, per City Information Office.     Tweet

A Taste of Davao Punch

A TASTE OF DAVAO PUNCH by Jojie Alcantara From August 11 down to August 21, Davao City has a new treat for visitors as soon as they arrive in the airport. Davao Punch, a special concoction of non-alcoholic drink with a combination of guava, calamansi and pomelo, which was created by a chef of Center for Culinary Studies Davao (CACS Davao), will be served at the airport for arriving guests. This new fruit mix was created in line with the city’s campaign published in selected national dailies which highlights the bountiful harvest of fruits and flora during the month of August, hence its celebration of Kadayawan Festival. It also showcases ten of the most vibrant tribes in the city with a tagline of Ten Tribes, One Vibe. In a full page ad, a young lass in colorful authentic tribal costume holds a drink in her hand with the caption: “FLY TO DAVAO AND WE WILL WELCOME YOU WITH A GOOD PUNCH. At the Davao International Airport, experience our welcome drink, DAVAO PUNCH, a concoction especially …

The new Hiyas ng Kadayawan 2011

Hiyas ng Kadayawan 2011 Princess Bai Rahima M. Usman – “Bai” Age: 16 (April 28, 1995) Born in Davao City to parents Randy and Alma Usman Tribe: Maranao Deputy Mayor/Tribe Leader: Hon. Randy Usman, Ai-hadj Ambition : To become a successful pediatric doctor     Photos by William “Biboy” Pedraza taken during the Talent Night in Abreeza Some gowns were created by Silverio Anglacer   Tweet

Stage is set for Kadayawan 2011 performers

Stage is set for Kadayawan 2011 performers As early as August 17 in the evening, the new stage is being built in front of Rizal Park stage in preparation for the Indak Indak sa Kadalanan and Floral Float Parade, two of the festival’s highlights slated this weekend. Because of the new setup, a huge stage measuring 30×16 meters with a level of 3 feet, the capacity becomes limited around the performing and judging area. Risers at 3 feet will be placed in strategic routes of parade where photographers and media can cover the activities freely. “This is why we have to control the number of people who can get inside the judging arena in Rizal Park,” explains Festival Director Lisette Marques. “We cannot give access to all because one, we have to tighten security for the special guests onstage with the government officials. Secondly, we have a limited capacity and we want to prioritize smooth coverage of the media.” While media is given a free access sticker pass to get inside the barricaded area, a …

“Patayin sa shokot si Remington” in Davao premieres Aug. 22

“Patayin sa shokot si Remington” in Davao premieres Aug. 22 Watch Davao’s premiere night on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 7 PM at SM Cinema 2, SM City Davao and meet the cast led by Roderick Paulate, Janice de Belen, and Martin Escudero. It is FREE! See you there! For details, contact Oscar Casaysay and Pidot Villocino. 🙂 Official in theaters AUGUST 31 – NATIONAL ZOMBA DAY Origin8media Presents Zombadings 1: PATAYIN sa SHOKOT si REMINGTON Story by: Raymond Lee Screenplay by: Michiko Yamamoto, Jade Castro, Raymond Lee Directed by: Jade Castro Starring: Martin Escudero Roderick Paulate Lauren Young Janice de Belen Eugene Domingo Kerbie Zamora Angelina Kanapi Nar Cabico and many more! CELEBRATE NATIONAL ZOMBA DAY ON AUGUST 31! IN THEATERS NATIONWIDE! LIKE US ON FACEBOOK! FOLLOW US ON TWITTER! An Origin8 Production The Official Zombading Tumbler   Tweet

City offers E-Trike Free Ride

  City offers E-Trike Free Ride Photos by William Pedraza The City Tourism Operations Office is initiating an “E-Trike Free Ride” around downtown areas in line with the Kadayawan festivities. The vehicle is a battery-operated motorcycle with a capacity of six passengers, which will shuttle people to and from particular destinations in the city during the Kadayawan Festival only.  Around 20 units will be roaming around as services to the public. Routes will start at Museo Dabawenyo passing through C.M. Recto, Roxas Avenue, Ponciano St., San Pedro St., Bolton St., Magallanes St., and back to the origin. Free rides are available to the public from August 15-21, 2011. * * * *   Tweet