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Prepares for the face-to-face Kadayawan Festival in Davao City

The approaching Kadayawan Festival 2022 will be the first significant festival to be celebrated in person in the nation since the epidemic started, and the local government has expressed optimism that it will recoup its over PHP56 million investment in the event.

Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre, who also serves as a spokeswoman for the Kadayawan Festival, said in a Monday interview that it was highly possible that the city could recoup the money it spent on the event through taxes.

The Kadayawan-specific activities would receive PHP52 million of the city’s budget, while PHP3 million will be used to renovate the tribal villages.

Alejandre stated that the event, which will begin on August 15 at the Bantawan Amphitheater in Magsaysay Park and be centered on the theme “Pag-abli sa Kadayawan,” is anticipated to draw at least 50,000 local and international visitors.

Alejandre noted that because the coronavirus illness 2019 (Covid-19) “is still very much present,” organizers are keeping their expectations in check.

While pointing to the consistently low Covid-19 instances reported in the city, Dr. Maria Lourdes Monteverde, head of the Metro Davao Chamber of Commerce, said Dabawenyos should be happy to celebrate the Kadayawan Festival in person.

After two years, the Kadayawan Festival has returned to the streets. Let’s applaud ourselves enthusiastically,” Monteverde remarked.

This year’s festival, dubbed “Kasikas sa Kadayawan,” will be held to demonstrate that the joyful and appreciative spirit of Dabawenyos has returned.

The safety of the events is ensured by security measures, according to city administrator Francis Mark Layog.

“The Kadayawan will advance. We simply need to wait for the national Inter-Agency Task Force’s alert level system for August, according to Layog.

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