I was born and raised in Davao City but I am ashamed to admit that I have never joined in the festivities during Araw ng Dabaw or Kadayawan until recently. I thought the crowds will just swallow me up and I’d suffer from painful sunburn. But I immensely enjoyed dancing with the crowds during Kadayawan 2012 that I decided to see what’s going on in this year’s Araw ng Dabaw.
And since it is campaign period in the Philippines, I didn’t fail to notice posters and banners bearing names of electoral candidates. Taking advantage of the moment, eh?
All in all, the 76th Araw ng Dabaw was not all I expected it to be. I was expecting bursts of color and ethnic music but I guess the all the grandeur is saved for the Kadayawan in August. Nevertheless, I enjoyed myself. It’s not every day that I endure walking under the heat of the summer sun to see the city in the eyes of a tourist. It was a fun and rewarding experience.
Did you go to Araw ng Dabaw 2013? Have you been in other years? What did you think of the event? Let us know in the comments below.