At the festival, which takes place in the third week of August, spectators will be able to see top notch choreography at Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan (street dancing) and also beautifully decorated floats. If you are planning your first trip to Davao for this festival, here are some useful pointers.
Dressing for comfort
Davao experiences a tropical rainforest climate which means it can get hot. It’s best to wear light clothing especially during the day. With the amount of people attending this yearly event you can be sure that it’s going to get stuffy so wearing something breathable would be wise.
Packing the essentials
If you plan to experience the parade and follow them on the 4km walk, make sure to pack light for this excursion. The little things will just add weight to your bag and instead of enjoying the festival your mind will be preoccupied by the discomfort that you are feeling.
There might be light drizzle here and there, which shouldn’t be too much of a concern. However it is still recommended that you bring an umbrella along just in case you get caught in a downpour. Having said that, be considerate when you whip out your umbrella. Don’t block the view of other festival-goers so you can stay dry.
Davao enjoys the reputation of being a safe city, bear in mind that there will be a lot of people coming for the festival so it would be advisable to bring only the necessities and leave everything else in your safety deposit box.
The roads used for the street dance and parade are closed off to motorists. This also means that other sections of the city can get congested too. It’s best that you catch a taxi from wherever you are staying and stop near where the action is and proceed on foot. For those who are planning to drive you can park your car at any of the malls or on the streets, a good place would be Roxas Avenue near Ateneo de Davao.
Enjoying the food
Food is always synonymous with a festival and you can expect to find light snacks, local delicacies and thirst quenching drinks at the Kadawayan Festival. For reasonably priced food, head over to Selera along Legaspi Street. If you’re looking splurge, Lotus Court at Marco Polo is a good option. If you just want to unwind after a day of festivities it’s recommended to visit Rizal Street where you’ll find a great selection of cafes and bistros. If you’re a durian lover then you’ll be happy to know that Davao is known as the “Durian Capital of the Philippines”.
The Kadayawan Festival is full of activities and events. Visit the official page of Kadayawan Fest for the latest updates.
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