Davao City has been celebrating the Kadayawan Festival every third week of August since its beginning in 1988.
Called the “festival of all festivals,” it focuses on Davao’s cultures and arts, and acknowledges its indigenous people, as well as being a thanksgiving for the bounty of Davao’s harvest of agricultural products, especially fruits and flowers.
The festival’s name is from the friendly greeting “Madayaw” — the Dabawenyo word “dayaw” means good, valuable, superior or beautiful.
The grand finale of the 2017 Kadayawan sa Davao Festival is on August 20 (Sunday).
The basis for the Philippine national language is Tagalog, which had primarily been spoken only in Manila and the surrounding provinces when the Commonwealth constitution was drawn up in the 1930s. That constitution provided for a national language, but did not specifically designate it as Tagalog because of objections raised by representatives from other parts of the country where Tagalog was not spoken. It merely stated that a national language acceptable to the entire populace (and ideally incorporating elements from the diverse languages spoken throughout the islands) would be a future goal. Tagalog, of course, by virtue of being the lingua franca of those who lived in or near the government capital, was the predominant candidate.
The Tagalog people are members of the most dominant cultural-linguistic group in the Philippines. Their status comes from their residence in the capital of Manila and the surrounding provinces of Aurora, Bataan, Batangas, Cavite, Bulacan, Laguna, Marinduque, Nueva Ecija, Quezon and Rizal. Off the island of Luzon, there are native Tagalog-speaking people on the islands of Palawan and Mindoro. A majority of Tagalogs are Roman Catholics.