Davao City Revives River Festival
To recognize its riverine roots, this Kadayawan Festival in August will mark the revival of the Davao River Festival.
“All great cities started out from bodies of water, Davao City started from the Davao River,” said Richard Dian Vilar festival directorate citing the significance of the event.
The river festival which was once a part of the Kadayawan Festival before it was discontinued in 2009 will feature at least 10 river floats which will represent the 10 recognized indigenous peoples of the city.
To be held in the morning of August 16 the festivities will start at the banks of Barangay 5-A or Barangay Bankerohan which was the site of the old trading post and the fort of Datu Bago. The parade will make its way to the river until it reaches the river bank along the Tiongko Football field near the estuary.
Vilar said that Davao River has become a tangible natural heritage of the city. The term Duhwow from which Davao City got its name from the river, as the word means high grounds.
He added that as of the present they have secured the commitments of 13 bancas (boats) to be used as river floats, they are also inviting the Philippine Navy and the Philippine Coast Guard to join the festivities.
The parade would last to about one-hour and will be marked by cultural presentations from the indigenous tribes which will be performed at the river banks. The festivity will also highlight the need to preserve the environmental integrity of the Davao River.
In the earlier stagings of the river festival, the activity has been utilized as a means to spread awareness about the delicate condition of the Davao River which can still be saved from further environmental destruction.