The city government of Davao has allocated a total budget of P44 million for the 33rd edition of the Kadayawan Festival, an increase of 2 million to last year’s P42 Million budget.
In the P44 million Kadayawan Festival budget, P12 million will be provided by the city government and the remaining P32 million will be provided by private sector partners.
City Tourism Office-in-charge Regina Rosa Tecson said this year’s Kadayawan is the biggest Festival ever in the history of the city.
The City Tourism Office (CTO) is expecting a total of 200,000 foreign and local tourists who will flock in droves here in time for the festival.
Festival director GatchiGatchalian, Jr. bared that new activities had been lined up for this year’s Kadayawan, in order to make guests and tourist experience its essence.
Among the event highlights include HiyassaKadayawan, Indak-Indaksa Kadalanan (street dancing competition), and Pamulak sa Kadayawan (floral float parade), Tunog Kadayawan, Mugna Kadayawan and Dula Kadayawan.
He said they added Kadayawan Ball, a tribal-inspired fashion ball competition featuring the city’s 11 tribes, and KosplayKadayawan, a contest for younger Dabawenyos to exhibit their creativity and imagination in coming up with outfits inspired by the Philippine Eagle.
Gatchalian also revealed that the Hiyas ng Kadayawan will be held on August 11, a day after the opening ceremony so that the winning candidates could act as ambassadress of the Kadayawan Festival.
Mayor Inday Sara Duterte, said in her speech on Monday that “With this year’s Kadayawan, let us show the world what Davao City and the Dabawenyos have to offer. Come witness the colors of Kadayawan and experience the best of Davao City.” (Photo by Lean Daval Jr)