It took Frances Quilban, a businesswoman, three months to furnish her newly acquired property in 2015 with things she has sentimental attachments to… that of Christmas ornaments from the smallest to the biggest.
Davao’s Kadayawan Festival has earned its prestige as one of the most beautiful ethnic celebrations in the country, and remains to be a dazzling spectacle like the street dancing performances and float parades.
31st Kadayawan Festival Schedule of Events 2016
It has been more than a decade since Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte implemented this ordinance.
Since then, the Smart-led Torotot Festival has become a way for the city to show the entire country that being safe doesn’t mean a boring New Year celebration.
Avid fans of this festival who can’t make it to Davao can enjoy all the fun straight from their TV screen at home as SKYcable and Destiny Cable digital postpaid and prepaid TV subscribers get exclusive live access to the major Kadayawan Festival events through SKY Free View.
30th Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival Schedule of Events
As I am no longer doing a live coverage of the Kadayawan Festival parade for two days with my beloved SkyCable TV crew (yes, I have already retired from years of sun-drenched, fun coverage in the streets from an epic 2001 until 2012) I shall probably be moving around the city to shoot on my own or with buddies I meet. I am no longer armed with a microphone but my trusty camera gears and probably a selfie monopod for good measure (helps parlay potential pickpockets?). I shall miss the fun with the Sky Crew.
August 15, 2014 is declared by Malacanang Palace as a Special Non-Working Day in Davao City in celebration of the Kadayawan Festival this month.
Davao Lights Up for Christmas (2013) Photojournalist Jojie Alcantara goes around town one night to document gaily colored holiday bright lights festooned in the streets, illuminating Davao at its finest. Though most renowned for its “Silent Night” sans the noisy fireworks during this merry season, this big old city comes to life in a different way and lights up for the Christmas season once more in 2013.
Kadayawan sa Dabaw, Davao City, Philippines © Jojie Alcantara I am lucky to have spanned more than a decade of covering Mindanao’s most colorful and biggest festival in the islands. Through my work in the media as a TV anchor, columnist and photographer, I have been able to document more than a bird’s eye view of the dazzling pomp and spectacle that is Davao’s Kadayawan Festival, which earned its prestige as one of the most beautiful ethnic celebrations in the country.