aliwan 2009 Kadayawan Festival (19/25)

From the city of durian, the waling-waling and the majestic Philippine eagle comes a festival. that gets its name from the word “dayaw,” which refers to anything good, beautiful, superior, or valuable.  Not only is the festival held in thanksgiving for an abundant harvest, but it shows the interface between its tribal heritage through the  “lumads”, along with the wealth of culture and entertainment found in the city, added to its progressive industrial development.   Their fascinating costumes and swift body movements manifest the very traits Dabawenyos are proud of as persistent, industrious, and peace-loving people.   Festival muse – Aliah Heitz

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