Pamulak sa Dalan (Floral Float Parade) is one of the last highlights of the annual Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival which is now on its 27th year. The festival is a celebration of the bountiful harvest, unity amidst tribal diversity and eternal beauty of the city’s people. The Pamulak is a shining monument of all that the Kadayawan Festival is about. Flowers, fruits, tribes and Dabawenyos take center stage during the event.
Contingents for the Pamulak Festival mostly came from the private sector. Companies that continually support the city’s activities exerted efforts to create grandiose floats to compete in the small, big or non-motorized category. The half a million cash prize was a mere incentive for these people; the excitement and pleasure of joining in the festivities is usually more than enough.
Kisan Lu Lands, a homegrown real estate development company won the grand prize for the Big Category. Their entry was a standout: giants dressed in ethnic garb and huge durian halves with real people dancing on them. To a spectator, the float looked perilous to the dancers. For one thing, they were on a durian-shaped stage which was pretty narrow. And then their mini-stages were mounted on a pole attached to the main float. It was a sight to behold and it was no surprise that they bagged the grand prize. It was only a matter of time; Kisan Lu Lands has been competing for the past two years, placing second on both occasions.
Here are the winners of the competition:
- 1st Place – Kisan Lu Lands, Inc.
- 2nd Place – International Pharmaceutical, Inc. (IPI)
- 3rd Place – DMMA College of Southern Philippines
- 1st Place – Villar Foundation (CSR Arm of Camella Homes)
- 2nd Place – Synnex Concentrix Corp.
- 3rd Place – Sr. Sto. Niño de Davao
- 1st Place: Davao Horse Club
- 2nd Place: Dingredients
- 3rd Place: Barangay Councilors League of the Philippines Davao Chapter
There were more than 20 competing and non-competing floats that graced the parade. And of course there were movie stars who elicited squeals and shouts from the admiring crowds. The 10 tribes of Davao also joined in the revelry; natives in their traditional costumes proudly paraded through the streets, inspiring awe from the city-dwelling spectators.
Just like the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan, the Pamulak sa Dalan became a magnet for tourists and photographers from all over the world. The flowers, fruits and vegetables painted the city with a million colors. Kadayawan is a festival like no other and it will continue to amaze the world in the years to come. Enjoy the photos!