Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan: Dancing on the Streets of Davao at the 33rd Kadayawan
Ida Damo | Aug 28, 2018
Streetdancing with a grand showdown is a staple for festivals all over the country. Kadayawan being a thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest, unity in diversity amongst its peoples, and the festival of festivals, becomes a convergence point for different contingents from all over Mindanao and within the city’s schools for the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan or street dancing.
This year, a grand prize of PhP500,000 each await the grand winner for the Davao school based category and open category and another PhP500,000 if the contingent garners a score of 95%.
Criteria for judging this year’s contestants are: movement and fluidity, execution and interpretation, visual appeal, audience impact, and musicality. Technical skill in theme interpretation and precision, group dynamics, fluency, balance and focus or collectively as execution and theme interpretation is given more emphasis with 25 points.
No matter how impressive and painstakingly intricate the props are, the best in choreography gets to be the big winner.
Each contingent has a tribe in focus or a legend from their location that is being interpreted in their dance. The colors of their costumes are dominant colors of the tribe and the designs are patterned after the authentic garb of the tribe.
Davao City school-based contestants are: Sta. Ana National High School Performing Arts Guild, Kawangis Perfroming Arts Guild of Catalunan Pequeño Natonal High School, Mabini National High School Special Program in the Arts and Davao City National High School Sining Sayon Dawet.
The culture, traditions, and legends of the eleven tribes of Davao (Ata, Bagobo, Iranun, Kagan, Klata, Maguindanao, Maranao, Matigsalog, Ovu-Manuvo, Sama, Tagabawa, and Tausug) were ably represented by the school-based contingents.
Davao City National High School Sining Sayon Dawet’s Ang Gakit Ni Amoy (Amoy’s (Bamboo Raft) took away the grand prize of PhP500,000.
For the open category: Tacurong Dance Company of Tacurong Sultan Kudarat, Bambad National High School Performing Arts Guild of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat, Macangao Agricultural Vocational High School of Macangao, Lupon, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Gays of Talomo Association of Davao City, Mati National Comprehensive High School of Mati, Davao Oriental, Lupon National Comprehensive High School of Lupon, Davao Oriental, Asuncion National High School Performing Arts of Asuncion, Davao del Norte, Camanlangan National High School Dance Ensemble of New Bataan, and Ruth Manion Babao Memorial High School.
The various storylines are unique for each contingent--- Tacurong contingent’s story was based on the legend of the golden kudong (headwear), the Lupon contingent, its municipality’s story of its tri-people’s (Lumad, Christian, Muslim) cooperation towards the development of its place, Asuncion’s Sinaug festival which tells of the importance of the Saug river to the people of Asuncion, and New Bataan’s triumph after the devastating Typhoon Pablo.
Mati National Comprehensive High School of Mati, Davao Oriental’s story of the Manobo and Kagan tribes’ unity in diversity emerged as the grand winner of PhP500,000.
Sadly, no one scored 95% or higher, so the two grand winners from each category did not get to bring home a million pesos. Maybe next year.
If you want a glimpse of the dances of the different festivals and tribes of Mindanao, be sure to be in Davao every third week of August for the Kadayawan.
How to get there:
Major airlines fly daily to Davao City from Manila and Cebu. Travel time from Manila is an hour and 50 minutes while it only takes 50 minutes from Cebu.
The Kadayawan sa Davao is celebrated every third week of August.