Davao Norte gears up for 51st Kadagayaan Festival

By Digna Banzon

May 26, 2018, 2:26 pm

DAVAO CITY--Weeklong festivities will usher in the 51st Kadagayaan Festival of Davao del Norte, this time featuring the "Visit Davao Summer Festival 2018" aimed at showcasing the province's diverse culture and rich natural resources.

The festival, which will run from June 24 to July 1, will honor the "Dabaonons' proud heritage, multicultural identity, resiliency and creativity," said Davao del Norte provincial tourism head Noel Daquioag.

Among the activities lined up for the weeklong festival is the holding of the Investment Conference (ICon), in partnership with the BIMP-EAGA (Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area) in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Daquioag said the festival is also being supported by the Department of Tourism, which is organizing a tourism fair featuring interactive exhibits to be showcased in an open-air pavilion in partnership with the local government units and industry leaders.

The exhibit, he said, will be on the province's must-visit destinations, such as popular beaches and waterfalls, coral gardens, marine park, and culture farm for pearls. Another pavilion will feature an Agri-Aqua Trade Expo with a highly-interactive exhibit of industry-based banner products.

Daquioag said one of the main highlights will be the Binibining DavNor 2018, which organizers hope to become the grandest beauty pageant in the region. Another will be the Hudyaka 2018, featuring the different festivals all over Mindanao, showcasing the heritage of the island's tribes and ethnic groups.

Meanwhile, some 300 participants will see action during the MUSAMAN TriDavNor National Triathlon competing in the 1.5-km. swim, 40 km. bike and 10 km. run.

Daquioag said the race aims to promote a healthier lifestyle and at the same time promote the province's tourism sites. (Digna D. Banzon/PNA)