Despite atrocities, Davao starts "Kadayawan" fest

Subscribe Now August 11, 2013 at 07:18pm

Due to the enthusiasm of the city government, together with the organizers, participants, and local community, the “Kadayawan” Festival 2013 opened Friday evening at the People’s Park here that featured a ritual, and presentation of cultural and ethnic dances – despite the recent bombings that affected several areas in Mindanao.

The opening ceremony was witnessed by more thousands of spectators that included local and foreign visitors.

Officials from the local government here, line agencies, military, and police were present during the event.

City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, in his message, urged the tri-people constituents of the city to unite to further achieve peace and development.

Discrimination, Duterte added, has no place in the city as it will only destroy Davao, and the rest of Mindanao.

“We live in one world, we need to respect each others’ culture, race, religion, and dignity,” Duterte emphasized.

The mayor also announced that the Kadayawan festivities will push through as scheduled.
Earlier this week, Duterte disclosed that he might cancel the celebration of the Kadayawan festival due to threats of terror attacks, and the recent bombings that struck several areas in Mindanao.
But in a press conference he called also on Friday evening, Duterte said all the scheduled activities will push through.

“I just had a meeting with the intelligence community,” Duterte said, adding that he has decided to proceed with the celebration of the Kadayawan.

Based on the assessment made by the intelligence community, there is no significant issue regarding serious threats to this city, and its people, Duterte added.

He also assured that there will be an augmentation of security forces during the celebration – numbering about a thousand operatives from the police and the military.

While tightened security measures are now in place to ensure the security during the duration of the celebration.

As this developed, Duterte went on to extend his invitation to all to “come and visit Davao, and join the Kadayawan celebration.”

The Kadayawan Festival will feature various festivities, combined with several activities that will go on until August 18.

Among the highlights of the celebration include sports competitions, fairs, the durian and flower festivals, the search for the Hiyas ng Kadayawan, and the street dancing.


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