I’ve been travelling to Davao for over 11 years, yet never managed to coincide my trips with the local ‘Thanksgiving’ or ‘Harvest Festival’ known as Kadayawan. The build up throughout the 3rd week of August has been interesting, but the festival is fantastic. A combination of colour, fruit and produce, culture, music and dance. I strongly recommend travellers coming to Davao for the first time to mark mid-August in their travel plan and to book early to avoid disappointment. I read that Davao’s hotels were booked up and that some visitors had to stay in Tagum, nearly an hours bus trip away.
Colourful displays of local fruit adorned the vast new Abreeza shopping mall
Guyabano is a must-try local fruit.
And of course Durian, for which Davao is so famous
Huge crowds gathered for Sunday's float parade
Most of the floats are created from flowers, many of them orchids
Riding the dragonfly
A handsome couple in traditional Muslim dress
From the amount of screaming, this was a locally famous actress
Coco Martin (a famous actor) down from Manila waves to his mate in the advertising hoarding
It takes rare talent and dedication to create a monkey as anatomically correct as this
An interesting article from the SunStar newspaper about Davao’s festivals.
The dates of this year’s Kadayawan 2012 are given in this article.