Sunday especially became sweeter at the 27th Kadayawan Festival in Davao City as local and foreign revelers witnessed thousands of flowers of different varieties, colors, and sizes bunched together with different fruits that are native to Davao City. The blooms and fresh produce were delicately crafted onto 91 uniquely designed floats that traversed the city’s main streets as part of the Pamulak Float Parade.
What started as a rich tradition among Davao’s indigenous tribes giving thanks and offering to the gods for a bountiful harvest at the foot of Mount Apo has evolved into a festive thanksgiving celebration. It has turned into a much awaited visual spectacle that’s much more than what the festival’s founders would have ever imagined.
Off the summer season, when harvest festivals in the Philippines are usually celebrated during the months of May and April, sunshine-blessed Kadayawan Festival in August is always a refreshing, impressive, and joyful sight to behold.