DAVAO CITY — This year’s Kadayawan festival, the last under Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte’s administration, was celebrated at the weekend with crowds of shoppers in commercial centers and tens of thousand of residents and visitors lining up the streets for the agricultural and floral parade yesterday.
“The hotels were fully booked since last week and the shopping centers were filled with people since Friday,” said Rizal Giovanni P. Aportadera, Davao City tourism officer.
Over a hundred contingents participated in the floral parade with most floats decorated with fruits and flowers. Mr. Aportadera said the city’s downtown population, estimated at about half a million, swelled three or four times at the weekend.
Senior Superintendent Ramon C. Apolinario, Davao City police chief, said that the event was generally safe and peaceful.
“I am happy that we [police and military] were able to maintain peace and order that contributed to the success of the Kadayawan,” he added. On Saturday, ‘Indak-indak sa Kadalanan’ (street parade) lasted about 14 hours, said Oscar G. Casaysay, festival committee head.
“We could not believe it would be that long,” he told BusinessWorld, noting that the participants came from as far as Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao. — CQF