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LIST: 80th Araw ng Davao Events and Activities


The City Government of Davao has been gearing up for almost three (3)-week long celebration of the city foundation day which officially starts Wednesday, March 1, with a theme “STAND TALL. UNITED. RESILIENT“.

“Our celebration is a celebration of our unity as a people — united in the face of challenges and adversities and determined to survive and overcome every trial that comes our way,” said Mayor Inday Sara Duterte.

“We are here together as one and this is a proof that the Dabawenyos’ strength, determination, persistence, and love for our fellow Filipinos and our country are unwavering and simply indestructible. We have proven to the world that Dabawenyos always survive and rise in unity,” she stressed.

Now on it’s 80th year, Davao City local government has lined up festivities showcasing the culture of Dabawenyos (city locals).   Several activities and events are lined up from March 1 until March 18, which is the official stretch of the celebration.

One of the highlights of this year’s celebration is the Parada Dabawenyo. But unlike the parades the past years, this year’s Parada Dabawenyo on March 16 will not only be a civic activity, but also will be an elaborate presentation of the history of Davao.   The Parada will showcase eight (8) floats which will display roots of the city and our history as Dabawenyos.

Here is the 80th Araw ng Davao lineup of activities:

Date Time Venue Activity or Event
February 20-March 23 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Museo Dabawenyo


Art Exhibit  by Elenita Butch Dumlao
March 1


1:30 PM



San Pedro Cathedral Misa sa Pasasalamat,

7:00 PM

Rizal Park 80th Araw ng Dabaw Pasiugdang Pagsaulong (Opening Ceremony)
March 1-30 Citywide Duwa Dabaw
March 3 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Garden Oases Women’s Summit
March 1-3, 6-10, 13-15 Citywide Dabawenyo Ako!
March 2-9, 11-12, 14 Citywide Pahalipay sa mga Distrito
March 3-5, 10-12 6:00 AM-10:00 PM Rizal Park Pasundayag sa Rizal Park
March 4-5, 10-12 6:00 PM-10:00 PM Rizal Park Musikahan sa People’s Park
March 8 7:00 AM Roxas-Rizal Park Women’s Day Parade
March 10 1:00 PM-5:00 PM USEP Gym Coke’s We Make Change Work: Women Inspiring Women
March 11-12 Cinematheque Davao Life is Here Guerilla Filmathon
Abreeza Ayala Mall Mindanao Trade Expo
March 12 6:00 PM -10:00 PM DCRC LGBT Davao Celebration
March 13 3:30 PM Royal Mandaya Hotel Pasidungog: Garbo sa Dabaw
Marc 14-16 8:00 AM -5:00 PM People’s Park Organic Agri Day
March 14 8:00 AM -5:00 PM Rizal Park City Hall Employees’ Day
March 15 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Rizal Park Globe’s Barangay Cheer Dance Competition
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM SM City 2017 Sayaw Pinoy Folk Dance Competition
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM DCRC Mutya ng Dabaw
6:00 PM Royal Mandaya Hotel Datu Bago Awards
March 16 7:00 AM – 12:00 NN Roxas-Rizal Park Parada Dabawenyo
6:00 PM -2:00 AM Rizal Park Duyog Dabaw: A Celebration of Strength
March 17 7:00 AM – 2:00 AM San Pedro Square Davao 80’s Street Party
  6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Royal Mandaya Hotel Lunhaw Awards
  5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Cinematheque Life is Here Filmathon Premiere Night
March 17-19 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Marco Polo Hotel Indonesian Culinary Festival
March 18 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM DCRC SMB Araw ng Davao Pasasalamat Concert

To fully give Dabawenyo’s the opportunity to celebrate these events, March 16 and 17, 2017 have been declared as special non-working holidays by the Malacañang Palace.


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