Davao to Spruce up Park’s Tribal Village

The City Government of Davao will collaborate with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) to transform the Kadayawan 2018 tribal village into a “hub for culture and peace” at the Magsaysay Park.

Festival Director, Gatchi Gatchalian Jr. said yesterday during the Ispeak Media Forum that the NCCA expressed intention to help the city improve the park by providing the necessary infrastructures while the local government plans to develop the existing cultural village, which was opened during Kadayawan celebration last year.

The Kadayawan tribal village aims to showcase the 11 different houses of the six Moro tribes (Taosug, Maguindanaon, Iranun, Kagan, Maranao, and Sama) and five Lumad tribes (Klata, Ata, Ubo Manuvo, Matigsalog, and Tagabawa).

Gatchalian added that among the plans included improving the setup of tribal houses and developing the old abandoned amphitheater inside the park by putting a ceiling to host indoor activities such as cultural performances, dance contests such as hip-hop, and events of the artists.

“This became a trademark for Davao City, that we became a hub for peace because where else in the country can you see 11 tribes living peacefullyin one place,” said Gatchalian.

Meanwhile, The City Government of Davao is also plans to turn Magsaysay Park into a greener space to add attraction aside from the tribal village.