Tuesday, August 18, 2009

My World#36 Mindanao Trade Expo

It is now officially Kadayawan week and there are several activities going on around Davao City. The festival officially started August 17, 2009 but several events already kicked off prior to that date.

I made it a point to check out the Agro-trade fair (located at the back of SM Davao Mall) last Saturday afternoon. The highlight of the fair is their Horticulture Exhibit which showcases the beautifully exotic flowers of which Davao is quite well-known for.

Earlier that day, I went to see the Mindanao Trade Expo at the Central Bank of the Philippines compound. The trade expo featured the products of Mindanao towns. I saw some quite interesting products there aside from the usual items I have seen the previous years ago.

(The entrance to the expo)

(signboards by the gate)


(the lobby of the building)

(the event area)
One of the interesting products that I have seen are the hereunder flowers that are made of bread crumbs. It has a wax-like appearance and they are really pretty.

(flowers made of bread crumbs)

I bought a bottle of vinegar made in coconut juice and also, went around the event area trying out food samples like jams, candies, salads and snacks. Compared to the previous years' expo participants, there were few participants that came this year from all over Mindanao. Nevertheless, it was still pretty interesting. I shall post more pictures in my subsequent post/s.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

My World#35 Indak-indak sa Kadalanan

There are several things to see in Davao City during August but the most popular is the Kadayawan festival which happens every third week of August. Several activities are lined up but the most anticipated events were the Indak-indak sa Kadalanan (streetdancing) and the floral float parade. Tourists and locals line up the city's designated main streets to see this exciting event.

Indak-indak sa Kadalanan (streetdancing) happens on the third Saturday of August every year while the floral float parade will happen the next day, Sunday. The streetdancing features indigenous dances of various indigenous tribes of the city and its surrounding areas. The participants are mostly students from grade school, high school and college levels wearing colorful, beautifully decorated and intricate indigenous costumes with similarly colorful props.





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Saturday, August 8, 2009

It's Kadayawan Time!

August is the month of Davao City's most popular festival, Kadayawan Festival. The streets are now getting decorated with colorful streamers and buntings. Locals are getting ready to receive their visitors and the hotels and inns are starting to get filled up with occupants from everywhere. Here is the trailer of my most favorite festival:


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Sunday, August 2, 2009

My World#34 Goodbye and Thank You, Tita Cory

We lost our beloved former president Corazon "Cory" C. Aquino this Saturday from her battle against cancer. Tita Cory as she is fondly called by Filipinos became the symbol of democracy for Filipinos and the rallying voice against the Marcos regime that culminated in the People Power revolution last 1986. She helped unite the Filipino people and steadfastly veered the Philippine nation towards democracy, freedom and even painful recovery from the aftermath of the years of Marcos dictatorship. She remained humble, well-respected and well-loved even after she finished her term of office.

Yellow is the favorite color of former president Aquino and it was also the color for the People Power Revolution.

So, I am posting these pictures of yellow trees I took by the roadside in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. She would have loved the sight of these trees. The trees stood out from afar because of their radiantly striking color and their uncommon sight in the area. When I saw these trees, I instantly belted out the song "Oh tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree...". The said song was extensively used during her presidential campaign.

When she was confined in the hospital due to her illness last month, people started tying yellow ribbons (as what happened during her presidential campaign) everywhere but this time, it was for calls of prayer for Cory's speedy recovery. Sadly, the first lady president of the Philippines died just this Saturday, August 1.

To Tita Cory: Thank you for the freedom and democracy that you fought for unwaveringly. Thank you for believing in the Filipino. May you rest in peace.

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