|Post Last Updated: August 8, 2014|
The biggest festival in Mindanao will once again put Davao City on the spotlight as the annual Kadayawan Festival celebrates the city's diversity of culture and bountiful harvest this August 2014. Come and visit Davao City and experience the most colorful and vibrant festival in southern Philippines.
Visiting a city during a huge festival entails a lot or preparation and visitors often encounter challenges in planning for such trip. Here are some tips to help you better plan for Kadayawan 2014 and to ensure that you enjoy this unique experience.
Official Schedule of Kadayawan Festival 2014
The highlights of Kadayawan 2014 are scheduled during the third weekend of August. Last May 26, 2014, the Davao City Tourism Operations Office announced on its official Facebook page that Kadayawan 2014 is scheduled on August 11-17, 2014. This means that the biggest events of this year's festival are expected happen on August 16 & 17, 2014 so mark these dates on your calendar as early as now! We recommend that you should already be in Davao by August 15, 2014.
Theme of this year's Kadayawan sa Dabaw is Kalambiang sa Kinaiyahan: Kadayawan sa Katawhan which translates to Nature's Flourishing: People's Well Being. Here are the schedules of the highlights of the festivities of August 16 & 17, 2014:
August 16, 2014 (Saturday)
Highlight of the Kadayawan sa Kadalanan (Street Celebration) is the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan. This street dance competition highlights the rich culture of Davao City through dance. Each group represents a tribe with its own unique culture, traditions, art and history. This year, Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan will start at 9:00am. The parade will follow the route San Pedro Street - Pelayo Street - Bonifacio Street - C. Bangoy Street - Magsaysay Extension - C.M. Recto Street.
August 17, 2014 (Sunday)
Highlight of the Kadayawan sa Katanaman (Floral Celebration) is the Pamulak, a floral float parade that showcases Davao's flowers and fruits that are artistically arranged into decorative floats. The Pamulak will start at 8:00am and will follow the route Magsaysay Avenue - C.M. Recto Street - San Pedro Street - Pelayo Street - Palma Gil Street.
Here the complete schedule of activities released by the City Government of Davao last August 4, 2014:
How to Get to Davao City
The Davao International Airport is the main gateway to Davao City. Cebu Pacific Air and PAL Express have daily flights to Davao from Manila. There are also regional flights connecting Davao to Puerto Princesa, Zamboanga, Iloilo, Dipolog, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu and Bacolod. Book your flights in advance to take advantage of promo fares.
Where to Stay in Davao City
|Park Inn by Radisson Davao|
Park Inn by Radisson Davao is a 204-room eight-storey mid-range hotel located beside the SM Lanang Premier Mall and SMX Convention Center. Owned by the SM Group and managed by the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Park Inn by Radisson Davao features modern, clean, vibrant, comfortable and affordable accommodation designed for business and leisure travelers.
Avail of their Kadayawan Room Package at P4,500.00 net and enjoy an overnight stay in a Standard Room inclusive of breakfast for two (2). Kids under 12 years old are free of charge (on room only basis). In addition, you also get the following exclusive F&B discounts and special offers:
- 15% off on a la carte orders at RBG
- 2nd round of drink for FREE at the poolside, offered daily from 10am to 10pm
- 3+1 offer on Quickfire daily set lunch and Kadayawan lunch buffet on August 17
Stay period is from August 1 to 31, 2014. This special limited offer is until August 31 only. Book your colorful stay at Park Inn Davao now. First 20 bookings will get automatic upgrade to rooms with sea view!
It's truly more fun in the Philippines, and this is true during festivals! There's no better way to celebrate festivals than with good food. Davao is a haven for foodies looking for culinary adventure. Here are some restaurants the will truly give you a unique Davao dining experience:
- RBG Bar & Grill - Kadayawan Special Lunch Buffet (August 17, 2014)
- Vikings SM Lanang Premier - Kadayawan Special Menu (August 11-17, 2014)
- Bistro Selera (SM Lanang Premier)
- Outback Grill
- Dayaw Coffee & Tea (SM Lanang Premier)
- Riverwalk Grill Exotic Resto
- Bulca Chong
- Magsaysay Fruit Stand
What to Do in Davao City
Take the opportunity to explore Davao and its neighboring cities and towns. Here are a number of attractions that we recommend:
- Davao Crocodile Park (Davao City)
- Maxima Resort & Aquafun (Samal)
- Isla Reta (Samal)
- Banana Beach Resort (Tagum City)
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