Kadayawan sa Davao Festival 2013

Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival 2012  © Jojie Alcantara

Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival 2012 © Jojie Alcantara

Kadayawan sa Dabaw, Davao City, Philippines
© Jojie Alcantara

I am lucky to have spanned more than a decade of covering Mindanao’s most colorful and biggest festival in the islands. Through my work in the media as a TV anchor, columnist and photographer, I have been able to document more than a bird’s eye view of the dazzling pomp and spectacle that is Davao’s Kadayawan Festival, which earned its prestige as one of the most beautiful ethnic celebrations in the country.

Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival 2012  © Jojie Alcantara

Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival 2012 © Jojie Alcantara

Kadayawan, from the dialect “madayaw” meaning well and good, is a celebration of the goodness and harmony in life. Each year, the city has fully embraced the legacy of our ethnicity and diversity, while paying respects to the traditional rituals of our ancestors in thanksgiving to spirits who watch over our domain and the bounty of harvest that we are blessed to be receiving.

Thank you, SkyCable, for the years of working with you anchoring the live coverage of our festivals every year since 2001, and giving me a vantage proximity and perspective of performances and scenes which I have captured and shared globally. Madayaw na selebrasyon kanatong tanan!

Mabuhay Magazine | August 2013 Kadayawan Feature by Jojie Alcantara

Mabuhay Magazine | August 2013 Kadayawan Feature by Jojie Alcantara

 

Mabuhay Magazine | August 2013 Kadayawan Feature by Jojie Alcantara

Mabuhay Magazine | August 2013 Kadayawan Feature by Jojie Alcantara

 

Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival photos in Cebu Daily News  © Jojie Alcantara

Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival photos in Cebu Daily News © Jojie Alcantara

 

Kadayawan Festival photos in Manila Bulletin by Jojie Alcantara

Kadayawan Festival photos in Manila Bulletin by Jojie Alcantara

 

 

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About Jojie Alcantara

Jojie Alcantara is a semi-retired TV host and a Davao-based journalist since 1995. A multi-awarded photographer and artist, her works are featured in tourism campaigns (DOT's It's More Fun in the Philippines) and on covers and spreads of books and international magazines. Her personal advocacy is to promote her country positively to the world. A columnist and solo traveler, she roams the islands in search of inspirational stories and stunning images of nature. She is a Getty Image contributor and three time Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Awards nominee in two categories, Travel Journalism and Heritage and Culture. http://about.me/jojiealcantara