Tag Archives: Davao City

Sale of Mindanao’s sea ports planned

BusinessWorld Online
May 23, 2011

ZAMBOANGA CITY — The Philippine Ports Authority said in a statement on Monday that it plans to sell the operation and maintenance contracts of four Mindanao sea ports by 2012.

These are Davao for 2011, and Cagayan de Oro, General Santos and Zamboanga next year.

Samal City: world-class tourist destination

BusinessWeek Mindanao
By Joe Palabao
May 11, 2011

ISLAND Garden City of Samal––Tourism Project: Visit Samal Island is a three-month summer tourist escapades for all foreign and domestic tourists and enjoy bundle of benefits and world-class amenities offered by the 27 beaches and inland resorts of the enchanted Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) from March 2011 to May 2011.

Through a public, private partnership (PPP), the Department of Tourism in Region 11, with the able leadership of Regional Director Art Boncato Jr., the local government of Samal with its dynamic local executive, Mayor Aniano P. Antalan and the Samal Tourism Council innovative chairman Dr. Austerio “Bebot” Obenza bring to the “World of Tourism” the first-ever Samal Visit Island Project to attract more tourists to visit the island.

With the project, it is with pride and pleasure that Samal Passport is presented to all foreign and domestic tourists and are available and found in all major malls in the country and visitors arriving in major ports, where tourists can pick them up and bring to Samal City as passport, capture the beauty of the island, and for the visitors to genuinely enjoy the huge discounts offered by the participating resorts of Samal City.

Samal Passports invite the tourists from all over the world to discover, explore and experience Samal. Enjoy the island of sun, sand and seas and highland thrills, and make each visit a reason to come back again and again.

In an interview, Dr. Bebot Obenza-Chairman of the Island Garden City of Samal Tourism told BusinessWeek Mindanao that Visit Samal Island Project is the first of its kind under the public, private partnership being facilitated by his office with the support of members of Samal City Resort Owners Association to attract more tourists to visit the island. The same project will also be offered during lean months to see the extent of tourists arrivals of the City.

To date there are 48 resorts Samal City comprising the high end resorts for the AB market, middle end for the C market and the low end for all to enjoy to include the locales.

At A Glance: The Island Garden City of Samal is a group of islands in the heart of Davao Gulf and its sea waters and reefs are within the 1.6 million square kilometers stretch land area of the BIMP-EAGA Equator which is claimed to be Mother’s Earth true center of Biodiversity. Physically unattached to the mainland of Mindanao, the island is 900 meters east of Davao City and 10 kilometers of continuous coastline and with an extensive mountain range at the eastern coast, a number of isolated hills and uneven distribution of lowlands.

Participating resorts are the following: Hof Gorei Beach Resort, Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort, Pearl Farm Beach Resort, Punta del Sol Beach Resort Restaurant and Aqua Sports, Marex Beach Resort, Chemas By The Sea, Golden Bay Beach Resort and SPA, Blue Jaz, Club Asiano Beach Resort, Captain Hook’s Red Parrot Inn, Aznebo Grill and Restaurant, Rainbow Breeze Beach Resort, Island Ridge Mountain Resort, Fernandez Beach Resort, Mahan Garden Resort, Hagimit Falls, Mayumi Disney Sea Beach Resort, HI-5 Princess Tropical Inland Resort, Camp Holiday Resort and Recreation Area, Blue Water Village and Resort, Sea Grass Beach Resort, Ilihan Beach Resort, Precious Garden of Samal, Florenda’s Beach Resort, Maxima Resort Aqua Fun, Ato Ni Bay (ANB) Hotel and Wind and Wave Davao.

Kadayawan: Mindanao’s festival of all festivals

Manila Bulletin
August 21, 2010

It all started in the 1970s when then Mayor Elias B. Lopez initiated tribal festivals featuring the lumad (native) and the Muslim tribes of Davao City where they showcase their dances and rituals of thanksgiving.  Lopez himself was from a Bagobo tribe.

In 1986, the government initiated a program called “Unlad Proyekto Davao,” whose main objective was to unite the Dabawenyos after the turbulent Martial Law era.  The festivity was called Apo Duwaling, in honor of the three royalties for which Davao is famous for.

The word apo was taken from Mount Apo, the king of all mountains in the Philippines as it is the country’s tallest peak at 10,311 feet above sea level. Du came from durian, the king of tropical fruits which has been described as having a smell “like hell” but has a taste that can be compared to that of “heaven.”

The term waling was from waling-waling, the queen of orchids whose ethic term means “graceful movement of a butterfly in flight.”  They were once found only in the forests of Davao and Cotabato province.  It was discovered in Davao around 1880 by Carl Roebellin, a German plant enthusiast for the Orchid House of Sanders.

At that time, Apo Duwaling was meant to showcase Davao City as a peaceful destination for other people from all over the country to visit and to do business in. This was post-EDSA Revolution.

Two years later, then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte renamed the festival as “Kadayawan sa Dabaw.” Kadayawan is derived from the friendly greeting Madayaw, a term taken from a Dabawenyo word dayaw which means “good,” “valuable,” “superior” or “something that brings good fortune.”

Mayor Duterte envisioned the festivity as a way to celebrate the bountiful harvest of Davao’s flowers, fruits, and other produce as well as the wealth of the city’s cultures. Today, the festival continues to honor the city’s richness and diverse artistic, cultural, and historical heritage in a grand celebration of thanksgiving for all of the city’s blessings.

In the early stage, ethnic tribes lived together harmoniously, in peace and friendship like the Bagobos, Mandayas, Manobos, Mansakas, T’boli, and others. They were the ones who gave the province a name; Davao came from the word daba-daba, which means fire.

According to history, Davao’s ethnic tribes residing at the foot of Mount Apo would converge during a bountiful harvest. This ritual serves as their thanksgiving to the gods particularly to the Manama (the Supreme Being).

Various farming implements, fruits, flowers, vegetables, rice, and corn grains were displayed on mats as villagers give their respect and thanks for the year’s abundance. Singing, dancing, and offerings to their divine protectors were the highlights of this ritual.

Although times have changed, this practice of thanksgiving (pahinungod in local dialect) is still very much practiced by modern day Dabawenyos. This tradition flourished and evolved into an annual festival of thanksgiving.  And that’s how Kadayawan sa Dabaw came into existence.

Today, Kadayawan has transformed into a festival of festivals, with a number of spin-off festivals in the region. The festival honors Davao’s artistic, cultural, and historical heritage, its past personified by the ancestral lumads, its people as they celebrate on the streets, and its floral industry as its representatives parade in full regalia in thanksgiving for the blessings granted on the city.

Actually, the celebration interfaces three aspects: Tribal, industrial, arts and entertainment.  It is a week-long celebration which is highlighted by floral floats, street-dancing competitions, and exhibits that showcase the island’s tourism products and services.

The two big parades of the festival are often held during weekends.  The street dancing, called Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan, is done on Saturday while the floral float parade falls on Sunday.

The street dancing has two main components. The first is the street parade, where performers groove it up while parading along selected points of the city (at the streets of CM Recto, San Pedro, Pelayo, Bonifacio, Ponciano, and Roxas Avenue). The second is the showdown, where the very same people perform on the same venue, which has traditionally been San Pedro Street. The parade normally takes place in the morning, the showdown from the afternoon to evening.

One pundit puts it: “The Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan is wildly popular because of the distinctively Mindanaoan beat and costumes. Several tourists come to Davao to watch hundreds of people dancing with vigor in the streets, clad in their native attire and carrying extravagant props that would give Hollywood studios a serious run for their money.”

This year’s competition has only one category and is open to any group, organization, institutions, or communities. Participating Mindanao-based contingents must showcase the festival of their locality, while participating Davao City-based contingents must interpret the Kadayawan festival or Mindanao folklores, myths, or legends.

Criteria for judging are as follows: Main showdown, 70% (choreography and creativity, 25%; performance, 30%; musicality, 25%; and production design, 20%), and street performance, 30% (choreography and creativity, 25%; performance, 30%; musicality, 25%; and production design, 25%).

Prizes for the competition are as follows: Grand champion, P300,000; first runner-up, P200,000; second runner-up, P100,000; third runner-up P75,000; fourth runner-up, P50,000; and fifth runner-up P30,000.  Nine consolation prizes, at P10,000 each, will be given and five presentation awards and special awards for best in performance and best in costumes and parade to receive P50,000 each.

The floral float parade, called Pamulak Kadayawan, is a spectacular finale – patterned after the Pasadena Parade of Roses in the United States – where flowers and fruits are set in colorful floats by business establishments, community assemblies and peoples’ organizations as they promenade on the streets symbolizing all the bounty sustainably enjoyed by the city’s residents.  Want to see giant replicas of animals the size of a truck made up of nothing else but flowers? No problem. Go watch the parade and you will see one.

The competition is open to any person, group, organization, institution, or company. It has three categories, namely small (maximum size of 8 feet x 16 feet), big (over 8 feet x 16 feet) and alternative (use of miniature cars, golf carts, mini tractors, push carts, karo, kalesa, pedicabs or similar vehicles, motorized, mechanical, or animal driven).

The competing floral floats will be using at least 80% fresh flowers, plants, fruits, and vegetables as medium, while non-competing entries are required to use at least 10%. Judging criteria are symbolism (20%), design (40%) and execution (40%). Prizes are as follows: big category (P500,000 for first, P300,000 for second, and P200,000 for third), small category (P300,000 for first, P200,000 for second, and P100,000 for third), and alternative category (P100,000 for first, P75,000 for second, and P50,000.00 for third).

If you have nothing to do this weekend, come to Davao.  Here’s what Dabawenyos will tell you about its festivity: “Kadayawan is an art form in itself, a festival perfectly fit for a local government that tries to position itself as the cultural capital of the Philippines. This is the best time to catch the sights, the sounds, the colors and the scents all mixing together to encapsulate the rich diversity of a place which was long ago described as the garden of the gods.”